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Flames script perfect end to Hockeyville

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

There were lots of kids with smiles on their faces and lots of kids that sweet-talked their parents somehow to miss school for part of the day. I think there might’ve been a lot of kids in Sylvan that might’ve got the option today.Curtis Glencross

SYLVAN LAKE, AB -- Leave it to the pair of locals to pull it off.

On a shot from Kris Russell, Curtis Glencross ended the game in overtime to lift the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes at 2014 Kraft Hockeyville in Sylvan Lake on Wednesday.

“It’s been fun,” Glencross said. “It was an early morning to get here to get to skate and it probably took 20, 25 minutes to get into the arena. We were signing autographs all the way in. It was nice to see all the kids. There were lots of kids with smiles on their faces and lots of kids that sweet-talked their parents somehow to miss school for part of the day.

“I think there might’ve been a lot of kids in Sylvan that might’ve got the option today.”

Glencross didn’t though, and capitalized for the win.

On the power play with less than two minutes remaining in overtime, Glencross deflected a point shot by from Russell by Coyotes goaltender Brendan Burke 3:10 into the extra frame.

“It was nice,” Glencross said. “Russ made a nice shot and put it right in the spot where we practice almost everyday, so it was nice to get that. Russ and I both skated in the old barn quite a bit back in the day. Like I said, he made a great shot and I just got lucky enough to get a stick on it.”

Glencross maintains a residency in Sylvan Lake and he and Russell, a product of Caroline, AB. played in the Sylvan Lake rink that collapsed in a January snowstorm. Burke, who allowed the goal, laced up the pads for the first time in the same arena, too.

The goal came after the Flames managed to kill a Patrick Sieloff delay of game penalty that carried over into overtime.

Matt Kassian put Arizona on the board midway through the first period, picking up a Chris Summers rebound in the slot and beating Joni Ortio for the 1-0 lead at 8:54.

That was extended to two at 12:57. Ortio couldn’t glove the initial shot from BJ Crombeen and tried to swat away the rebound with his paddle, but Joe Vitale picked the puck out of mid air and put it behind the Flames goaltender to make it 2-0.

With 54.2 seconds remaining in the frame and with the man advantage, Deryk Engelland pulled Calgary to within one with a seeing-eye shot from the point that beat Arizona starter Mike McKenna through a screen provided by both Curtis Glencross and Michael Ferland.

Brian McGrattan evened the game just 1:59 into the second period, taking a cross-crease pass from Markus Granlund and one-timing it behind McKenna to tie the game 2-2.

But Arizona restored the one-goal lead just 66 seconds later after Summers’ shot skipped off Crombeen and behind Ortio at 3:06.

Again, the Flames managed to claw their way even with a late goal. Streaking into the Coyotes zone his off wing, Sven Baertschi snapped a shot short-side that found its way under the arm of McKenna and trickled over the line with 9.1 seconds remaining in the frame to tie the game 3-3 after 40 minutes.

Burke replaced McKenna in the third period, while Doug Carr, who stopped nine saves in the third period, closed out the game for the Flames.

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