Hitmen rise up to beat Bruins

The Chilliwack Bruins suffered their first setback in Alberta, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Hitmen in Calgary Tuesday night.

After opening a five game road trip with impressive wins over Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, Chilliwack was upended by the worst team in the league, falling to 15-13-2-1 while the Hitmen improved to 10-21-2-0.

The Bruins scored the only goal in period one.

Returning to the scene of his first Western Hockey League goal, 16-year-old rookie Brandon Magee scored his sixth of the year with a top-shelf short-side rocket from the right faceoff circle. Steven Hodges and Dylen McKinlay drew the assists.

Jamie Crooks doubled the Chilliwack lead 6:29 into period two, finishing off a beautiful back-door feed from Kevin Sundher. Chilliwack’s top-ranked power play took just 15 seconds to cash in on a Matt McKenzie interference minor, with Crooks beating Calgary keeper Michael Snider for his 10th of the year.

The Hitmen got that one back on a power play of their own, with Bruin blueliner Tyler Stahl banished to the box for a check from behind. Chilliwack native Justin Kirsch camped out in the slot and got credit for the goal as the puck deflected off his skate and in.

Calgary drew even at 11:59, with Trevor Cheek finishing off a beautiful give-and-go with linemate Misha Fisenko.

Ex-Kamloops Blazer Jimmy Bubnick gave the Hitmen thei game winner 7:50 into period three. The Atlanta Thrashers draft pick took a pass from Nathan MacMaster, caught Bruins netminder Braden Gamble moving away from the post and threaded the needle with a shot over his right shoulder. Bubnick’s 14th of the year came on the power play, with Mitch Topping serving two minutes for a phantom slash.

Overall, Calgary went two for six with the man advantage while the Bruins went one for five.

Chilliwack’s best chance to tie came with four minute remaining as Roman Horak rang a shot off the goal post behind Snider.

Gamble came to the bench with 1:57 remaining, giving the Bruins six attackers. But Snider made late saves on Crooks and Robin Soudek to preserve the win.

The three stars were Bubnick (first), Fisenko (second) and Sundher (third).

The Bruins have two more games before the Christmas break. The trip continues tomorrow night in Red Deer before wrapping up Friday in Edmonton.

Chilliwack hits the road again after the break for a pair of games in Prince George before returning home to face the Moose Jaw Warriors on New Years Eve.

Just Posted

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

UPDATE: 24-year-old Lovepreet Dhaliwal ID’d as victim in targeted Abbotsford shooting

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

Ts’elxwéyeqw tribe captures the art of its historical storytelling with new book

“Being Ts’elxwéyeqw” is launching on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Stó:lō Resource Centre

Smoking device likely the cause Chilliwack townhouse fire

Smoke and fire damage but no one was hurt in fire on Vedder Road

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read