Working hard all night, the line of Chris Collins, Kambeitz and Harrison did just about everything they could to help the Dinos end a two-game losing streak. Harrison was instrumental with three assists as well as a number of key blocks. The trio fired nine of Calgary’s 43 shots at Dylan Tait, who made 38 saves for Lethbridge, while Kris Lazaruk had a quieter evening with 17 stops.
“I thought they cycled the puck, skated and supported well. They had the puck a lot and kept working to get it back when they lost it,” said Calgary head coach Mark Howell. “All week we worked on going to the net. We were a lot better at it and created some chaos around the goal.”
The Dinos are now 3-2-0 on the season, while the Pronghorns are still searching for their first win at 0-5-0.
“It just started going in for us, last weekend we were getting chances but we just couldn’t capitalize,” noted Collins. “We took a lot of shots tonight, but the key was to get good ones.”
After scoring just twice last weekend, the Dinos hit the scoreboard early on Friday night. Converting on a turnover, Kambeitz grabbed the puck in the middle of the Pronghorns zone and quickly roofed it over Tait. Harrison and Dan Gibb picked up assists on Kambeitz’s second goal of the year at the 2:07 mark.
Lethbridge would take advantage of one of their five shots in the first period when Mitchell Maxwell’s pass from the right corner found Tim Campbell pinching in from the blue line. The third-year defender ripped the shot past Lazaruk for his first of the season.
After just nearly missing on a chance moments earlier, last year’s top goal scorer in Canada West registered his first of 2014-15 with under a minute left in the first. When Tait tried to poke the puck to a teammate, Collins stole it and skated behind the net before wristing a shot from the opposite side. Tait wasn’t tight to the post and the puck sailed behind him to restore the Dinos’ lead at 2-1.
The Dinos would score the only goal of the second period less than three minutes in. Battling to keep the puck in, Dylan Walchuk sent the puck to the front of the net where Danny Gayle setup Brooks Myers for his first of the campaign.
Calgary added two more markers to their total in the third period. After a strong cycle in the Lethbridge end, Kevin King scored his second of the year with a heavy shot from the slot at the 11:29 mark.
In the final minute of the third, Kambeitz netted his second of the game as he neatly batted the puck out of mid-air on a pass by Collins to round out the scoring.
Calgary outshot Lethbridge 43-18. The Dinos went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Pronghorns went 0-for-2.
These two teams will take the ice again tomorrow night in Lethbridge. Puck drop is 7:00pm at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.