Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former Vernon Viper Tambellini Scores Second Overtime Winner Giving Hitmen Series Lead:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini scored his second overtime goal of the WHL playoffs Tuesday giving the Calgary Hitmen a 8-7 OT victory over the Kootenay Ice giving the Hitmen a 2-1 lead in the best of seven WHL playoff series. Game 4 goes tonight in Cranbrook.  Tambellini scored the overtime winning goal in Game 2 Sunday giving Calgary a 3-2 overtime win.  In 71 regular season games with Calgary Tambellini recorded (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season. 

Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Tambo does it again: Hitmen win wild one in Cranbrook

Mar 31, 2015

By Andrew Schopp - (@Azschopp)

CRANBROOK, B.C. -- No one on the Calgary Hitmen bench or on the ice knew how it went in.

All that matters to them is that it set off the red light.

A perfect ending to a wild one, Hitmen forward Adam Tambellini followed up on his Game 2 overtime-winner on Friday with a second-straight extra-frame tally on Tuesday to claim Game 3 of their Round 1 series against the Kootenay Ice with a stunning 8-7 victory in Cranbrook.

The Hitmen now take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven.

Coming down on Ice goaltender Wyatt Hoflin, Tambellini threw the puck on net and as the 19-year-old netminder bobbled it while on his knees, it found its way past the goal-line.

“To be honest I don’t know how it went it in,” Tambellini said of his overtime goal. “I just wanted to get a puck on net and saw a couple guys there.  I heard it hit the goalie’s stick and saw the red light go on. I can’t really describe it.”

Hitmen forward Chase Lang, who scored two goals on Tuesday, didn’t know either.

“It was a weird play,” Lang said. “Tambellini came up the boards, threw it on net and somehow it squeezed in. It was awesome.”

A quartet of goals in the opening period’s first 12 minutes saw each side strike twice for a 2-2 score.

After Sam Reinhart put the Ice on the board with a strike from the left faceoff circle that went bar-down on Hitmen keeper Mack Shields, Lang banged a rebound past Hoflin to draw even before Tim Bozon regained his team’s lead with his first of the playoffs.

The Hitmen had the last word in the offensively charged first period as just seconds into his squad’s first power play chance, Tambellini delivered from the high-slot with a feed from Travis Sanheim to give his side the lead.

“It was a back-and-forth game,” Sanheim said of the bizarre tilt, which he finished with one goal and four assists. “We were lucky to get the win and happy to get the W. Hopefully we can come in tomorrow and do the same.”

The goals continued to pile on in a second period that was even more offensively robust than the first.

After Lang, Reinhart and Bozon each netted their second goals of the night, Hitmen captain Kenton Helgesen fed Sanheim on a two-on-one and the fleet-footed defenceman deposited a go-ahead marker over Hoflin’s blocker.

Just under two minutes later, Bozon struck from the high-slot to bring an end to Shields’ night.

Thrown into the offensive fire, Hitmen relief goaltender Brendan Burke found himself screened allowing Ice defenceman Rinat Valiev to hammer one through traffic and carry a 5-5 score into the third.

The flood gates stayed propped open in the final frame of regulation.

Ice centre Matt Alfaro scored just over two minutes into the period before on the power play, Tambellini ripped a one-time feed from Sanheim past Hoflin to make it 6-6.

Shortly after Tambellini’s second of the night, Taylor Sanheim scored and as the Hitmen appeared to hang on for the victory, Valiev hammered a slapper from the point past Burke with four seconds on the clock to ship the game to overtime.

Valiev’s last-second marker stung, but Hitmen coach Mark French said he was proud of his veterans, who provided a calming voice in the dressing room between periods.

“Anytime you lose a lead like we did, it’s tough to reset,” French said. “I thought our veterans did a really good job of resetting the room. It’s having the right guys in the room to say the right things and obviously they did.”

Now, the Hitmen take a breath, bask in the glory of their victory and reset their focus to Game 4 on Wednesday at Western Financial Place.

Although it was a wild one, French said his squad needs to put it behind them as they are presented with a big opportunity to take control of the series.

“We have to understand that all we did tonight was win a game,” he said. “We need to learn from tonight and make sure we stay even-keeled and understand that it’s a short turnover to play tomorrow night.”

QUICK HITS: Not dressed for the Hitmen on Tuesday were Beck Malenstyn, Layne Bensmiller, Aaron Hyman and Kyle Dumba … Entering Game 3 with four points, Hitmen forward Radel Fazleev was tied for third in WHL playoff scoring … On Saturday, Hitmen prospect Bryce Platt and the Regina Pat-Canadians took home the SMAAAHL championship with a 3-1 best-of-five series victory of the Battlefords Stars. Platt finished the 2014-2015 SMAAAHL Playoffs with two goals and three assists in 10 games. Platt met fellow Hitmen prospect Brandon Lesko in the final, who scored four goals in 14 playoff games … Former Hitmen goaltender Martin Jones is the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff wins with 32.

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