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Tambo scores hat trick to help Hitmen win

It was not an easy night for the New York Ranger prospects as there were more losses than wins (3-4) and home ice is paying off in game outcomes. As he showed us last year Adam Tambellini is proving to be a very good playoff performer.

Adam Tambellini (2013 third) had a recorded his first WHL playoff hat trick as his Calgary Hitmen took back home ice advantage after a wild 8-7 overtime win over the Kootenay Ice. Tambellini set up the game winning goal just 1:12 into the overtime period as the Hitmen take a 2-1 series lead.

This one was one insane slugfest was more pond hockey than a WHL playoff game. Kootenay got on the board first scoring at 2:13 but Calgary would respond at 4:45 to tie the game. Kootenay would regain the lead at 7:03 only to see Calgary tie the game at 10:57 and then take the lead for the first time on Tambellini’s second goal of the playoffs.

It was a power play goal coming at 17:18 as the Hitmen took a 3-2 lead that they carried into the first intermission. In the second Calgary would make it three straight unanswered goals when they scored at 7:44 to make it a 4-2 lead. Kootenay would score 1:14 later to cut the Calgary lead to 4-3.

Calgary would make it 5-3 at the 13 minute mark but Kootenay would score twice to tie the game at 5-5 which is how the second period ended. In the third Kootenay would make it 6-5 at the 2:12 mark but Tambellini would score his second goal of the game to tie the game up at 6-6. The goal at 8:50 was also a power play goal and Tambellini had his third goal of the playoffs.

Calgary would make it 7-6 at 13:19 and that appeared to be the game winner except Kootenay would tie the game with just four seconds remaining in regulation at 19:56 and tying the game for the fifth time. The lead in this game would change and the lead would change sides six time including the overtime winner.

For the second straight game Tambellini would score the overtime winner as he fired the puck on net and the Ice goalie misplayed it allowing it to trickle in past him for the game winner at 1:12 for the 8-7 win and 2-1 series lead. Tambellini is 4-1-5 after three game with two game winner.

Tambellini and his Hitmen will look to take a 3-1 series lead tomorrow night.

Brandon Halverson (2014 second) stopped all 24 shots that were fired at him to earn his first career OHL playoff shutout as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the Saginaw Spirit 4-0 to take a 3-0 series lead. Halverson who was named the game’s second star got a lot of help from his teammates who limited the Spirit to single digits in shots in all three periods. As the Greyhounds look to finish off the Spirit Thursday evening, Halverson is 3-0 with a 1.12 goals against and 0.950 save percentage.

Troy Donnay (2013 UFA) was scoreless but he did rack up 17 PIMs due to a second period fight as his Erie Otters needed overtime before earning a 4-3 win over the Sarnia Sting. The win was hard fought as the Otters spotted the Sting a 3-0 first period lead and then scored four answered goals to take a 3-1 series lead.

Donnay got into a second period scrap when he went to the aid of a team who was checked from behind. Donnay in case you forgot is 6’7 205 got the instigator and the misconduct but defending a teammate is OK with us. Erie heads home for game five on Friday looking to finish off Sarnia.

Keegan Iverson (2014 third) was scoreless as his Portland Winterhawks dropped game three of their WHL Playoff series with the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2. The Winterhawks trail in the series 2-1. Game four will be Thursday in Seattle.

Richard Nejezchleb (2014 fifth) and his Tri-City Americans dropped game 3 of their series with the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 and hold a 3-0 series lead. Nejezchleb has been held scoreless for the series and this series it is very doubtful makes it past game 4 tomorrow night.

Daniel Walcott (2014 fifth) had a secondary assist but is was not enough as his Blainville-Boisbriand Armada dropped game 3 to the Gatineau Olympiques 4-2. The third seed in the QMJHL playoffs is trailing to 14th seeded Olympiques two games to one. Game four will be Wednesday night.

Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) scored his second goal of the playoffs but Quebec Remparts dropped game three of their series to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6-5. Another insane game as Cape Breton lead 4-0 after two periods then had to withstand a five goal outburst from the Remparts in the third period.

Cape Breton is the 13th seed and lead the fourth seeded Remparts 2-1 with game four on Thursday.