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Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Smith scores twice in regulation and again in the shootout as Blazers top Hitmen

Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 12:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Smith scores twice in regulation and again in the shootout as Blazers top Hitmen

CALGARY - Colin Smith scored his league-leading 24th and 25th goals and added another in the shootout Tuesday as the Kamloops Blazers beat the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in the Western Hockey League.

Smith and Brendan Ranford both beat Hitmen goalie Chris Driedger on dekes in the shootout for Kamloops (25-7-3). Victor Rask got Calgary's shootout goal. Cole Cheveldave stopped Greg Chase to end the game.

Zane Jones and Brady Brassart scored for the Hitmen (20-7-3) in regulation. Smith's power-play goal 19 seconds into the third period tied the game 2-2.

Cheveldave made 24 saves to get the win, while Driedger stopped 18 shots in taking the loss.

The Blazers were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Hitmen finished the night 1-of-4.

Quote of the Day

Obviously he's been my favorite goalie since I grew up. He's kind of close to my hometown so I've been watching him my whole life. It's a pretty special moment for me to score two goals on Lundqvist in such an important game as this.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky after scoring his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals against his childhood idol Henrik Lundqvist