January 12, 2009
Visitors get Swift kickHitmen big guns flying in home-ice victory
By SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA
With that much talent on one line, eventually pucks were going to start denting twine.
Brett Sonne, Brandon Kozun and newly acquired Joel Broda were blanked in their first game together Saturday night in Cranbrook.
Last night was a different story as the trio combined for 10 points in a 7-3 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos.
Playing on Saddledome ice for the first time since Nov. 30, Sonne potted a pair of goals and added an assist as the Hitmen won their 17th straight home tilt.
Broda, who also picked up three helpers, and fellow newcomer Tomas Karpov both scored in their 'Dome debuts while Ian Schultz and defencemen Paul Postma and Michael Stone also found the back of the net.
"I think the difference was we moved our feet tonight," Sonne said.
"It's pretty difficult to jump on a line where you're new to the system and your teammates. All it takes is time.
"It showed tonight. (Broda) is going to excel."
Dillon Wagner, Cody Eakin and Jan Dalecky replied for the Broncos (25-20-0-1), who blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2.
Martin Jones made 20 stops to run his personal winning streak to 11 games.
Swift Current starter Morgan Clark, acquired at Saturday's trade deadline from the Red Deer Rebels, faced 34 shots.
Broda said he was happy to be a part of a victory, which was a rare occurrence when he played in Moose Jaw.
"(Saturday) was a tough game for the whole team," Broda said.
"I wanted to help get us a win in my first game.
"We got behind early tonight but the powerplay was working really well and I thought that was the turning point.
"We're starting to find each other in open ice and we're using each other a lot more now."
The Broncos couldn't have asked for a better start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead six minutes in.
Wagner deflected a shot stick side on Jones before Eaking cashed in a rebound to make it two-zip.
But the home side capitalized on a pair of powerplays to tie the game before the end of the opening period.
Postma ripped a one-timer over Clark's blocker on a 5-on-3 and then Stone found the top corner during a scramble 1:12 later.
Dalecky went top shelf on a 3-on-1 to put the visitors on top two minutes into the middle frame, but then the roof caved in as the Hitmen responded with four consecutive goals. Karpov got behind the Swift Current defence and made a nice move to the forehand for his fifth of the season.
Sonne gave the Hitmen their first lead when he picked up his own rebound, circled behind the net and stuffed the puck in the far side while sliding on his knees.
Broda, the WHL's leading scorer, potted his first as a Hitmen on a delayed penalty. The Hitmen displayed great puck movement with the extra attacker and Broda eventually shovelled his 37th into an empty net.
Sonne gave Calgary a three-goal cushion 33 seconds later when he turned Flames draft pick John Negrin inside out and then went five-hole on Clark. Schultz rounded out the scoring with a long wrister midway through the third period.