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Hitmen edge Wheat Kings 5-4 on third-period goal by Brett Sonne

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CALGARY - Brett Sonne scored at 13:10 of the third period to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-4 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings in Western Hockey League playoff action Sunday.

With the win, the Hitmen took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series against the Wheat Kings, who will host the next two games in Brandon on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Joel Broda and Michael Stone each counted a goal and an assist for the Hitmen, who set a franchise record with their 10th straight playoff victory. Ian Schultz and Kyle Bortis also scored, while Alex Plante and Keith Seabrook chipped in with a pair of assists each.

Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert both had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings, who led 2-0 after the opening frame before the Hitmen rebounded to tie the game at 3-3 through two periods.

Jay Fehr and Keith Aulie also scored for Brandon, while Scott Glennie had a pair of helpers.

Calgary goalie Martin Jones stopped 21 of 25 shots he faced to improve his record to 10-0 in the post-season. Brandon netminder Andrew Hayes made 22 saves at the other end.

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