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Driedger makes 34 saves as the Hitmen defeat the Oil Kings 4-1

Friday, 09.28.2012 / 11:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Driedger makes 34 saves as the Hitmen defeat the Oil Kings 4-1

EDMONTON - Chris Driedger stopped 34-of-35 shots as the Calgary Hitmen defeated the host Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Pavlo Padakin, Greg Chase, Brady Brassart and Carson Samoridny each scored for the Hitmen (3-0-0) while Brooks Macek earned two assists.

T.J. Foster had the lone goal for the Oil Kings (3-1-0), who saw their winning streak snapped at three games.

Padakin opened up the scoring 5:42 into the contest for the Hitmen by forcing a turnover inside Edmonton's blue line and placing a backhand under goaltender Laurent Brossoit's glove.

The Hitmen's Chase capitalized early in the second period on a power play to give Calgary a 2-0 lead.

Edmonton's Foster responded late in the period as he streaked past defender Darian Henry and picked the blocker-side on Driedger.

Michael St. Croix picked up an assist on the goal to extend his point streak to four games.

Brassart scored for Calgary on a goal-mouth scramble 29 seconds into the third period and Samoridny added an empty-net goal with 1:50 to play in regulation time.

Brossoit made 30 saves in a losing effort for Edmonton.

Entering the game first in the league on the power play, the Hitmen struck once on five opportunities while the Oil Kings failed to score on five chances of their own with the man advantage.

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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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