MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The Calgary Hitmen scored three short-handed goals early and never looked back in a 6-1 pounding of the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday night in Western Hockey League action.
The Hitmen opened and closed the first period with short-handed breakaway goals by Brock Nixon and T.J. Galiardi. Calgary lead 4-0 at the 5:43 mark of the second after Kyle Bortis stripped a puck behind the Tigers net while on a Medicine Hat penalty and scored into an empty net.
The Hitmen (40-15-1-3) also received a pair of goals from Ian Duval and a single from leading scorer Ryan White.
Brennan Bosch score for Medicine Hat (33-19-5-2) at 9:26 of the third period on a lengthy five-on-three power-play.
Tiger goaltender Tomas Vosvrda started for the Tigers, but left the game after 20 minutes having allowed three goals on nine shots. Backup Ryan Holfeld saved 15 of 18 shoots in the final 40 minutes.
Dan Spence stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Calgary net
Calgary was 0 for 6 on the power play. Medicine Hat was 1 for 7.