EDMONTON - Ian Schultz had a goal and an assist Wednesday as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 to clinch the Western Hockey League Central Division for the third year in a row.
It was the fifth of sixth meetings between the two clubs and the first of a home-and-home series. It was Edmonton's last home game of the season and Calgary leads the season series 5-0.
Del Cowan, Schultz, Michael Stone and Tyler Fiddler scored for Calgary (50-17-3), who will make the playoffs for the 13th straight season.
Martin Jones turned aside 20 shots in net for Calgary, which was 2-for-3 on the power play in their seventh straight win.
Drew Nichol scored for Edmonton (16-41-13) who have lost six in a row. The Oil Kings were 0-for-7 on the power play and have yet to score with the man advantage against the Hitmen this season.
Edmonton netminder Torrie Jung stopped 26 shots.
Kris Foucault's assist gives him six points in the last three games, while Joel Broda saw his seven-game point streak snap at 12 points.
Stone now sits at 19 goals. If he hits 20, the Hitmen will break their franchise record of seven 20-goal scorers on one team.
The two clubs renew acquaintances on Friday night in Calgary.