Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Jooris picked up his first career hat
trick in Calgary’s 5-2 win over Arizona Tuesday.
His second goal at the 7:13 mark of the second period proved to be the game-
winner, and his empty-net goal in the final minute sealed the win.
Karri Ramo made 27 saves on 29 shots for the Flames, who won their third
Calgary’s Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau, Curtis Glencross and Jiri Hudler
all had two assists.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Sam Gagner potted Arizona’s goals in its second loss
in three games, both to Calgary.
Mike Smith allowed four goals on 23 shots.
In a 2-2 tie, Smith got a piece of Jooris’ point-blank shot, but the puck
still squeaked through. Jooris beat defenseman Zbynek Michalek to the net and
took a pass from Gaudreau below the goal line.
Sean Monahan gave the Flames a two-goal lead in the third period. He found a
soft spot in the defense on the rush, and after receiving a short pass from
Wideman, created a shooting lane and wristed the puck by Smith.
The Flames jumped out to a quick start with a goal hardly a minute into the
game. Arizona did not get control of the puck in its own zone, and David Jones
stepped into a shot with a loose puck in the slot and fired it by Smith for
the 1-0 lead.
Ekman-Larsson tied the game later in the period with a wrister from the blue
line that got by Ramo. Jooris broke the 1-1 tie near the end of the first. He
crashed the net, and it paid off when Kris Russell’s backhand pass found its
way through the crease past Smith’s stick where Jooris could direct it into
The Coyotes did not take long to tie the game again in the second period. Just
2:02 into the period, Martin Hanzal fired a shot on Ramo. A big rebound landed
right on the stick of Gagner at the side of the net, and he made no mistake
burying the shot to make it a 2-2 game.
Before the game, the Flames honored the 2014 Grey Cup Champions, the Calgary
Stampeders … Hudler had a four-game goal streak snapped … Monahan has a
four-game point streak with a goal and three assists … The Flames are
outscoring opponents 37-14 in the third period … Calgary has won seven
straight home games against Arizona.