Postma pockets club record

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Paul Postma ripped a couple of pages out of the Calgary Hitmen record book last night.

The Atlanta Thrashers prospect scored his 20th goal of the season -- a franchise record for blueliners -- as the Hitmen doubled the Kootenay Ice 4-2 at the Saddledome.

Postma now has points in 13 straight games and goals in five straight -- the latter another franchise mark among d-men.

"It feels pretty good," Postma said of setting the records. "There's nothing too complicated about the goals. I'm just getting pucks to the net.

"We've got good traffic in front. That one (last night) seemed like a harmless play, but it found the back of the net."

Brett Sonne scored a pair of goals -- for the third straight game -- and Brandon Kozun also lit the lamp, as the Hitmen improved to 47-7-3-1, good for a Western Hockey League-leading 98 points.

Kevin King and Drew Czerwonka replied for the Ice (26-22-2-6), who have a six-point cushion over the eighth-place Edmonton Oil Kings and Prince Albert Raiders.

The Central Division rivals found themselves in a 2-2 deadlock midway through the third period.

But the Hitmen took control with goals 29 seconds apart.

Sonne scored his second of the night with a nice shot over Kootenay netminder Todd Mathews' blocker.

The St. Louis Blues prospect nearly finished off the hat-trick but saw his backhander clank off the post.

"I don't know," Sonne said with a chuckle when asked if he's ever going to complete a hat-trick.

"We're getting wins, so that's good enough for me."

The large majority of Postma's goals this season have come via his overpowering slapshot.

But the record-setting goal was a little different as Postma sent a soft, seeing-eye wrister through a maze of traffic and into the back of the net for a 4-2 lead.

"They're an awesome team at blocking shots," Postma said. "I didn't want to have it blocked, so I just got it to the net, and good things happen."

Next up for Postma? A run at Matt Kinch's team-record 84 points (2000-01) by a defenceman . The WHL's top-scoring blueliner has 66 points with 14 games remaining.

Martin Jones made 18 saves last night for his league-best 35th win of the season. He's also closing in on a Hitmen franchise mark. Alexandre Fomitchev had 39 wins during the 1998-99 season.

King put the visitors on the board when he redirected a Joe Antilla feed through Jones' pads. The Hitmen starter prevented further damage when he stopped Max Reinhart on a breakaway.

Hitmen forward Bostjan Golicic made a great pass to Kozun, and the winger cashed in his 32nd of the season.

Czerwonka coralled a bouncing puck and skated in alone before beating Jones to give the Ice a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

Joel Broda lost his stick but still managed to get the puck to Sonne less than a minute into the second period. The world junior star barely got anything on the shot, but the knuckler fooled Mathews, who got a piece of it and then watched it trickle over the line.

Sonne now has points in 10 straight outings, and he's on pace for a 49-goal season.

HIT PARADE

The three stars were Hitmen C Brett Sonne, D Paul Postma and LW Kyle Bortis ... The Hitmen host the Kamloops Blazers tomorrow (7 p.m. at the 'Dome, Fan 960).


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