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Calgary Hitmen beat Brandon Wheat Kings 6-1 to advance to WHL final

Saturday, 04.24.2010 / 12:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Brandon Kozun had two goals and two assists as the Calgary Hitmen advanced to the Western Hockey League final with a 6-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

After losing Game 1 to the Wheat Kings, the Hitmen reeled off four straight victories to capture the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final in five games. Calgary will face the winner of the Western Conference final between the Tri-City Americans and Vancouver Giants in the WHL final.

Despite the loss, the Wheat Kings will still take part in the MasterCard Memorial Cup from May 14-23 in Brandon, Man., as the host team.

Calgary goalie Martin Jones made 20 saves and was chosen as the series' most valuable player.

Rookie defenceman Jaynen Rissling scored his first-ever WHL goal for the Hitmen and added two assists, while Joel Broda and Misha Fisenko each had a goal and an assist. Matt MacKenzie also scored for Calgary, which led 2-0 after the first period and 3-0 heading to the third.

Mark Stone scored the lone goal of the game for the Wheat Kings, while goalie Jacob DeSerres finished with 31 saves.

Quote of the Day

It's always a little bit weird, but it moves on. They've got a good team, and they played well tonight. I think that's just part of it.

— Peter Laviolette on facing his former team (Flyers) for the first time since his departure