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Hitmen advance to WHL semifinals with 8-4 victory over Broncos

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SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. - Brock Nixon had three goals and two assists as the Calgary Hitmen advanced to the Western Hockey League semifinals with an 8-4 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.

The regular-season Eastern Conference champions needed six games to dispose of the upstart Broncos to earn their second straight trip to the conference championship series.

Calgary led 5-2 after two periods but the Broncos pulled within a goal midway through the final period before Ryan White iced the game with a power-play goal with 5:44 left in regulation and empty net insurance goals from White and Nixon in the final two minutes.

Nixon leads all playoff scorers with nine goals.

T.J. Galiardi connected for his fifth of the playoffs and his league leading 20th point of the post season. Calgary also had goals from defenceman Karl Alzner and Kyle Bortis. Brandon Kozun chipped in with three assists.

Keegan Dansereau, Cody Eakin, Zack Smith and Jan Dalecky replied for the Broncos.

Calgary goaltender Martin Jones posted his second post season victory by stopping 27 of 31 shots.

Broncos netminder Travis Yonkman finished the playoffs with a 6-6 mark after giving up six goals on 36 shots.

Calgary now advances to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Championship series after Lethbridge advanced to the next round of playoffs by a 4-1 margin over the Kootenay Ice.

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