BRANDON, Saturday, May 15, 2010 – The Calgary Hitmen offence exploded with three goals in the final six minutes of play to surprise the Moncton Wildcats 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Westman Place.
As soon as the puck dropped, the Wildcats put pressure on Calgary’s defense with big hits on Jayven Rissling and Zak Stebner.
Moncton was the first team to get on the board at 9:53. Devon MacAusland tried to flip a pass to a wide open teammate in the slot, but the puck was redirected into the net by a Hitmen defenseman.
Fans had to wait for the second frame to see the game’s second marker. Defenseman David Savard put the Wildcats up 2-0 with a beautiful wrist-shot that fooled goaltender Martin Jones
just before the mid-way mark. Moncton added a third goal at 14:11 courtesy of Alex Saulnier before Tyler Fiddler cut the lead with his first goal of the tournament.
In the opening minutes of the third, Ian Schultz centered a great pass which Joel Broda buried behind Riopel. But the Wildcats soon countered as Alex Saulnier registered his second goal of the game nine seconds into a powerplay to make it 4-2.
The floodgates opened in the last six minutes of play as Giffen Nyren, Kris Foucault and Tyler Shattock recorded three unanswered markers to give Calgary the win.
Joel Broda was named the game’s first star. Alex Saulnier received second star honours while Tyler Shattock earned the third star.
Former Wheat King and current New York Rangers defenceman Wade Redden participated in the opening ceremonies.
Game three of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup hits the airwaves of Rogers Sportsnet and RDS tomorrow at 2 pm (CDT) as the Brandon Wheat Kings battle the Moncton Wildcats. The game can also be seen live on Sportsnet.ca and on the NHL Network in the U.S.