CALGARY - Ian Schultz scored twice and added an assist to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 6-1 win over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.
With the win, the Hitmen (47-20-1-4) did the Medicine Hat Tigers a huge favour. Kootenay (42-22-5-3) needed a win to pass Medicine Hat (43-22-5-2) and earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Instead, the Tigers will now host the Ice in the post-season, which gets underway next Friday.
Brock Nixon, Brandon Kozun, Kyle Bortis and Brett Sonne also scored for the Hitmen, who finished first atop the Eastern Conference standings. Calgary will now face the Moose Jaw Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs with Game 1 set for next Friday night (9 p.m. ET) at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Ian Barteaux scored the lone goal of the first period for the Ice before the Hitmen counted three goals in the second and three more in the third.
Martin Jones made 25 saves for the Hitmen to record his 18th win of the season. Kris Lazaruk stopped 29 of 33 shots in the Kootenay net before being relieved in the third period by Thomas Heemskerk, who finished with eight saves.