St. Albert 1 at Calgary Canucks 7
After coming off a great high only two days earlier, the St. Albert Saints simply didn’t have it in them Friday night. The Calgary Canucks were fresh, having defeated the Olds Grizzlys in five games a week earlier while the Saints had just completed four straight victories en route to a come-from-behind 4-3 series victory against the Lloydminster Blazers.
Drew Norman, who is eligible for this year’s draft, opened the scoring for Calgary twelve minutes in as he scored a powerplay goal assisted by Roger Leonard and Miles Hunter. The Canucks outshot the Saints 11-6 in the first.
In the second, it looked as if the Saints would take control as they put a lot of pressure on Canucks netminder Mike Gilhooly. Brent Robertson scored 1:43 in, assisted by Andrew Gibson and Rob Ziemmer. However, before the period would end, Calgary’s top line of Ryan Manitowich, Moe Halat and Dany Heatley would strike several times. Manitowich would get both goals, the first with 11:38 remaining and the second was in the last minute of the period. The Canucks have made a habit of shifting momentum in games with last-minute goals.
Another habit the Canucks have is blowing games wide open by scoring quick goals, and they did just that in the third period. Miles Hunter scored a goal assisted by Drew Norman and Roger Leonard with 14:46 to go and then Heatley scored with 14:04 to go and chase Saints goalie Kirby Millar from the nets. With the score 5-1, the Canucks weren’t done yet. Just over 20 seconds later David Wilding made it 6-1 and about four minutes after that Ryan Manitowich notched his third marker of the game.
(1) Ryan Manitowich – Three goals leads the way for his club.
(2) Dany Heatley – Four points, including one goal, showing why he was the league’s leading scorer.
(3) Shane Lodhar – Didn’t figure in the scoring but had a very solid game.
April 3rd St. Albert at Calgary Canucks, 7:30pm MT Calgary leads best-of-seven championship series 1-0