CALGARY - Michael Stone scored the shootout-winner as the Calgary Hitmen out-battled the Saskatoon Blades for a 4-3 victory Saturday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Stone, the sixth Calgary (42-16-1-3) shooter, was the shootout hero when he beat Saskatoon (21-32-3-4) goalie Braden Holtby with a rising slapper from the middle of the circles.
Chase Schaber opened the scoring 2:48 into the opening period with a goal on a breakaway to the stick side of Holtby.
Brandon Kozun put the Hitmen ahead 2-0 at the 5:06 mark of the first after streaking down the right wing and taking a slick pass from Kyle Bortis.
Chris Langkow got Saskatoon on the board at the 12:52 mark of the second period when he caught Dan Spence napping and scored on a wrap-around.
Derek Hulak scored his 16th goal of the season to tie the game three minutes later at the 15:52 mark - the second shot in a row to get past the Calgary netminder.
The Blades' Chris Durand scored at 17:32 to put Saskatoon ahead in the game and it marked the third consecutive shot to elude goalie Spence, who wouldn't be in the Calgary net to start the final period.
Calgary's dormant power play woke up in the third period when Bortis scored with the man advantage to tie the game at three, the Hitmen had been on 1-49 slum with the opposition in the penalty box.
Saskatoon goalie Holtby made 29 saves in the game.
Calgary's Martin Jones picked up the win after coming in at the start of the third period and made six saves including two sparkling glove grabs in the shootout.