St. Albert 5 at Calgary Canucks 6 (OT)
The St. Albert Saints put in a courageous effort against the Calgary Canucks Saturday night but fell just a little bit short.
It was the Canucks who picked up where they left off in the blowout the night before, however, as Moe Halat scored a goal from Roger Leonard 50 seconds in. The Saints then struck for three quick goals. Rob Ziemmer and Joey Bastien, both on the powerplay at 4:22 and 6:12 respectively and Bastien with his second of the night even strength at 9:13 from Ron Grimard and Pavel Beranek.
Calgary – or, more precisely Dany Heatley – tied it up early in the second. Heatley scored a powerplay goal 2:45 in to bring his club within one and then scored the equalizer several minutes later. The Saints regained the advantage shortly thereafter, however, as Brent Robertson scored a minute after Heatley had tied it up. But then, with 30 seconds remaining in the period the Canucks scored a late goal. Almost all of their victories so far this post-season have involved a goal in the last minute of either the first or second period and Drew Norman scoring here was not a good sign for the Saints.
The Saints did continue their hard work well into the third period despite the small setback as they pressed for the go-ahead goal one more time. In the period they outshot Calgary 13-10 and it looked for awhile like they would outscore them too. Saints captain Mike Buchan scored a powerplay goal from Marc Collins and Chris Lane with 9:48 to go to put his club ahead 5-4.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Dany Heatley completed his hat trick as the Canucks struck with a powerplay goal of their own with just over three minutes to go in the game. Miles Hunter then added the game winner 1:08 into overtime. The Canucks, in front of 934 fans now head into St. Albert with an all-important two game lead.
(1) Dany Heatley – Hat-trick gives him seven points in the finals so far in two games.
(2) Joey Bastien – Two goals, one assist did all he could for his club.
(3) Miles Hunter – Scored the game winner.
April 6th Calgary Canucks at St. Albert, 7:30pm MT
Calgary leads best-of-seven championship series 2-0