CALGARY - Joel Broda recorded a natural hat trick to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
After missing the past three games due to concussion-like symptoms, Broda made his return to the Hitmen lineup and scored once in the second period and twice in the third to give him a team-leading 24 goals on the season.
Jimmy Bubnick and Brandon Kozun also scored for the Hitmen (31-15-2). Calgary moved into sole possession of top spot in the Central Division.
Netminder Martin Jones stopped all 23 shots he faced for his third shutout of the year and 11th of his career, while Tyler Shattock chipped in with a pair of assists.
Moose Jaw goalie Jeff Bosch started in net for the Warriors (25-16-5) and stopped 24 of 29 shots before being pulled at 5:05 of the third. Brandon Glover was forced to make just two saves in a relief appearance.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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