ROUGH RIDERS ROLL
|OTTAWA - At this point, it's all hands on deck as the Ottawa Rough Riders seem to have a new hero on a nightly basis. And last night was no different as they continued their winning streak.
Tim Brent scored in the shootout following a wild third period as the Rough Riders won their sixth straight game - 5-4 at home over the Winnipeg Jets.
"Every night is a true team effort with these guys," said Brent. "We've been playing really well, so hopefully we can keep at it."
Playing against a newly-created conference rival, the Rough Riders knew they'd be in for a fight against a Jets team that has struggled to get off the ground so far this season. But they would draw first blood following a Bryan Allen tripping call at 9:46 as Dennis Seidenberg scored his second on the power play at 11:40 to make it 1-0.
Steve Ott would tie the game and get the Jets on the board at 14:55 on his second of the year, but Ottawa would take the lead in the second on two goals from Greg Chambers.
Chambers scored his fourth of the year at 12:46 of the second to put Ottawa up 2-1, and then at 18:47 he would score his second of the game and fifth of the season as the Rough Riders took a 3-1 lead into the third period.
But the game would get wild in the final frame as the Jets drew even in the first ten minutes of the period. Filip Forsberg scored his fourth of the year at 6:45 to make it a one-goal game, and then at 10:44, Forsberg conneced with Ott for his second of the game and third of the season to tie the game at 3.
The game would remain tied until the final two minutes of regulation, when Ottawa would pull ahead with just 1:48 left as Max Campbell notched his first of the season to put the Rough Riders ahead 4-3 on a goal that seemed to be the difference-maker in the game.
However, the Jets would pull the goalie and mount an attack in the last minute, and with just six seconds left in regulation, Dion Phaneuf scored his first of the year to even the game at 4 and force overtime.
The Jets would out-shoot Ottawa 3-0 in overtime but they could not break through, and a shootout was needed. After a scoreless first round and a Mikko Koskinen save on Bryan Little, Brent beat Ray Emery for Ottawa before Koskinen turned aside Pavel Datsyuk to secure the Ottawa win while continuing their win streak.
A VOR-CE TO BE RECKONED WITH - Jakub Voracek scored a goal and two assists while Eric Beaudoin added two goals as the Philadelphia Wildkatz defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4-2 at home.
CAN TWO! - Ales Hemsky, Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa and Olivier Fortier each notched two points as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Inferno 4-3 in Calgary.
TIM-BRR - Tim Kunes scored a goal and two assists while Nick Schultz notched three helpers as the Greensboro Swordsmen got past the Freeze 4-3 in Dallas.
THE HEAT IS ON - Dany Heatley scored in the shootout to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 home win over the St. Louis Smugglers.
UP WITH JDD - Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 25 of 27 shots as the Las Vegas Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Speed Kings 3-2 at home.
2015 XHL REGULAR SEASON
Wednesday, March 4 - All times Eastern - Simming at aprox. 11:43 PM.
Toronto (black) at Montreal (red) - 8 PM - Sportsnet, TVA
Ottawa (white) at Quebec (black) - 7:30 PM - SN Ontario, TSN Quebec, RDS
New Orleans (white) at Oakland (green) - 10:30 PM - Cox Sports Television, CSN Bay Area
Chicago (blue) at Detroit (red) - 7:30 PM - CSN Chicago, FS Detroit
Philadelphia (orange) at San Diego (brown) - 10:30 PM - NBCSN, Sportsnet
Greensboro (white) at New England (green) - 8 PM - NBCSN
Brooklyn (white) at Anaheim (black) - 10 PM - YES, FS West