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Duval ignites Hitmen power play

Saturday, 20.10.2007 / 3:07 PM / News
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Duval ignites Hitmen power play

EDMONTON - Ian Duval had a hat trick and the Calgary Hitmen revived their anemic power play en route to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.

The Hitmen (10-3-0-1) finished 2-for-3 with the man advantage after scoring just one power-play goal in their previous 27 opportunities. Two of Duval's three goals came with Edmonton a man short as Calgary captured the first edition in the WHL's Battle of Alberta, traditionally fought between the cities' NHL teams.

Duval's first goal beat Oil Kings netminder Alex Archibald glove side at 4:16 from the faceoff circle, and his second came off a backhand feed from behind the net at 11:04. Brendan Rowinski added an even-strength goal at 14:54.

Edmonton (4-5-0-1) nearly scored in the first when a Brent Henke shot rang off the crossbar, but didn't hit the scoreboard until 11:15 of the second when the puck went off Hitmen defenceman Karl Alzner's skate and Robin Figren slipped the rebound past Dan Spence to make it 3-1.

Duval completed the hat-trick shorthanded at 7:03 of the third to put the Hitmen up 4-1, taking a brilliant pass from Ryan White behind the net and shooting far side on Archibald.

Edmonton tallied on the power play at 17:15 of the third to get within two on a point blast from Brent Raedeke that beat Spence five-hole.

Spence made 17 saves in the victory, while Archibald stopped 18 shots for Edmonton.