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Calgary Hitmen crush Moose Jaw Warriors 7-3; force Game 7 in playoff series

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MOOSE JAW, Sask. - The Calgary Hitmen survived a Moose Jaw Warriors' rally to post a 7-3 win in their Western Hockey League playoff series Saturday night.

The Hitmen trailed the series 3-1 before winning Thursday and Saturday. The deciding seventh game will be Monday night in Calgary.

Del Cowan and Ian Schultz both scored twice for the Hitmen, Jimmy Bubnick, Joel Broda and Giffen Nyren added singles.

Thomas Frazee, Ryan Stanton and Connor Cox replied for Moose Jaw.

"We really focused on taking pucks and bodies to the net," said Cowan, who had three points. "That was our main focus and I thought our team and my line did that."

The Hitmen came flying out of the gates as Bubnick and Cowan scored in the first period to put the visitors ahead 2-0. Calgary's Broda made it 3-0 before Moose Jaw's Frazee responded.

Nyren restored the Hitmen's three-goal lead. Calgary looked to be in control until the Warriors earned a five-on-three power play for 1:28.

Stanton scored with a second left in the five-on-four power play and Cox tallied 1:03 later for the Warriors to cut the lead to 4-3 heading into the second period intermission.

"They scored two quick goals, but we tried to forget about the period. We knew we had a one-goal lead and focus on the third," said Cowan.

Cowan scored his second of the game 1:12 into the third period before Schultz added his two insurance markers.

Moose Jaw's Quinton Howden had three assists as he saw his first action of the series after returning from a broken collar bone. Jason Bast added two assists for Moose Jaw.

"We obviously wanted to get it done tonight, but if you told us before the series we'd be going to Calgary for a Game 7 with a 2-1 record in their rink I would have taken it," said Bast, the Warriors captain.

The eighth-seeded Warriors finished 29 points behind Calgary, the WHL's regular season champions.

Jeff Bosch made 36 saves for Moose Jaw while Martin Jones stopped 36 shots for the Hitmen.

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