LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - The Calgary Hitmen exacted a measure of revenge against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday and advanced the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference final.
One season after failing to win a game against Lethbridge in the East final, it was the Hitmen's turn to do the sweeping as they hammered the Hurricanes 6-0 to knock Lethbridge out of the playoffs in four straight games.
Brett Sonne led the way with his first two goals of the playoffs for Calgary, which outscored the Hurricanes 19-4 in the conference semifinal series. Sonne opened the scoring 90 seconds into the first period and team-leading playoff scorer Joel Broda added another 22 seconds later to set the tone for a convincing Hitmen victory.
Sonne scored his second midway through the third while Broda, who has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the post-season, added an assist on a second-period power play.
Brandon Kozun and Alex Plante both had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which remained undefeated in the 2009 WHL playoffs. The Hitmen swept the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round.
Ian Schultz rounded out the scoring.
Martin Jones needed just 18 saves to record his second shutout of the post-season. The North Vancouver, B.C., native had seven shutouts during the regular season, tying Spokane Chiefs netminder Dustin Tokarski for the most in the league.
Juha Metsola also stopped 18 shots, but the seventh-seeded Hurricanes failed to keep their Cinderella run alive after surprising the second-place Saskatoon Blades in seven games to earn a berth against top-ranked Calgary.