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Reinhart scores in overtime as Ice beat WHL-leading Hitmen 4-3

Friday, 01.16.2009 / 1:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

CRANBROOK, B.C. - Max Reinhart scored at 4:03 of overtime as the Kootenay Ice earned a 4-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action Thursday night.

The Ice opened the scoring while killing a 5-on-3 penalty. Defenceman Brayden McNabb's sweep check knocked the puck off a Calgary stick near the crease and it went in through goaltender Martin Jones's legs.

The WHL-leading Hitmen tied it 1-1 as Bostjan Golicic's long shot beat screened Ice goaltender Nathan Liewuwen.

Calgary made it 2-1 on a power play as a point shot missed the Kootenay net and came out the other side to a wide open Michael Stone, who made no mistake.

The Ice tied the game 2-2 less than a minute later as Ian Barteaux' waist high point shot was deflected in by Drew Czerwonka.

Kootenay regained the lead as newly acquired Christian Magnus completed a 3-on-2 break, but the Hitmen tied it again as Tyler Fiddler got a rebound and poked it behind a fallen Liewuwen.

Reinhart got the winner on a rebound after Tylan Stephens' original shot was stopped.

Lieuwen made 33 saves for Kootenay (21-18-2-4). Jones stopped 23 shots for Calgary (38-6-2-1).

Lieuwen did not take part in the pre-game skate as his equipment was lost on his flight back from the Top Prospects Game in Oshawa. The gear arrived at the rink 20 minutes before the game.

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