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Cody Sylvester scores 2 late goals as Calgary rallies to beat Portland 4-3

Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Cody Sylvester scores 2 late goals as Calgary rallies to beat Portland 4-3

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Calgary Hitmen rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to down the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Wednesday in Western Hockey League action.

Cody Sylvester scored two of the Hitmen's three goals in the final period, including the game winner with 1:32 left in regulation.

Alex Roach and Brooks Macek also scored for Calgary (34-16-4), which broke a three-game losing streak. Greg Chase contributed three assists for the Hitmen.

Brendan Leipsic, Shaun MacPherson and Ty Rattie scored for the Winterhawks (43-8-3), who ended a seven-game streak without a regulation loss.

Chris Driedger stopped 42 shots for the Hitmen, including all 19 he faced in the third period. His Portland counterpart, Mac Carruth, made 26 saves in defeat.

Portland scored the only goal of the first period on a long wrist shot by MacPherson that got past a screened Driedger.

Roach tied the game for Calgary on the power play midway through the second, but the Winterhawks seemingly took control with goals 14 seconds apart late in the period.

Sylvester's goal 56 seconds into the third period gave the Hitmen life. Macek tied the game on a rebound with 13:03 left in regulation shortly after a video review of a Portland shot that Driedger covered just before the puck crossed the goal-line.

With Portland pressing for a late goal, Calgary countered with an end-to-end rush, and Sylvester beat Carruth with a one-timer to win the game.

Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power play, and Portland failed to score in 1:58 of 5-on-3 time in the third period.

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