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.
It's something that you don't really envision starting this way, but when you put the work in you don't feel like it's unwarranted. You definitely don't envision it unfolding this way, but you do think you can be successful at this level.
— Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who defeated the Jets on Wednesday to improve to 6-0-1 since making his first NHL start on Feb. 18