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Skapsi makes 31 saves, Shirley scores winning shootout goal, Ice nip Blades 4-3

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 12:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Skapsi makes 31 saves, Shirley scores winning shootout goal, Ice nip Blades 4-3

SASKATOON - Collin Shirley scored the game-winning shootout goal for the Kootenay Ice in a 4-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday.

Levi Cable also scored in the shootout for the Ice (18-25-1).

Kootenay's Sam Reinhart, Jordyn Boyd and Luke Philp scored in regulation. Boyd and Philp scored in the final 3:15 of the second period to give the Ice a 3-1 lead

Matt Revel, Dalton Thrower and Michael Ferland replied for Saskatoon (21-20-2). Ferland scored the equalizer at 12:35 of the third period with his second goal of the season. Josh Nicholls scored the Blades' lone goal in the shootout.

Mackenzie Skapsi made 31 saves for the Ice, while Andrey Makarov stopped 26 shots for Saskatoon.

Both teams capitalized on the power play, with Kootenay going 1 for 2 while Saskatoon capitalized on 1 of 5.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3