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Sylvester scores three times as the Hitmen edge the Giants 5-4

Sunday, 10.21.2012 / 1:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Sylvester scores three times as the Hitmen edge the Giants 5-4

VANCOUVER - Cody Sylvester scored his first Western Hockey League hat trick as the Calgary Hitmen held on and defeated the host Vancouver Giants 5-4 on Saturday in WHL action.

Brooks Macek had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen (8-2-2), who had a 5-1 lead heading into the third period, and Greg Chase chipped in with two assists.

Josh Thrower added a single goal to round out Calgary's offence.

Dalton Sward and Trevor Cheek each had a goal and an assist for the Giants (2-8-0), who have now dropped four games in a row, and Thomas Foster and Blake Orban had a goal apiece.

Mack Shields stopped 30 shots for the win as Tyler Fuhr allowed five goals on 24 shots in a losing effort.

Calgary went 2-for-5 on the power play while Vancouver went 1-for-5.

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