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Stanley Cup Final

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.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4