Captain hits back with tally

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Revenge can take many forms. For Ryan Getzlaf, it's usually spelled out on the scoreboard.

Getzlaf took a punch from Kamloops tough guy Matt Kassian, refused to retaliate and scored his second goal of the night seconds later as the Calgary Hitmen thumped Kamloops 6-0 last night at the 'Dome.

Sophomore Riley Merkley also contributed a pair while Shaun Landolt and Brett Carson chipped in with singles as Calgary scored four powerplay goals and dominated from the drop of the puck.

"(Kassian) was being an idiot," Getzlaf said of the Blazers winger, who jumped Carson before throwing a punch at the Hitmen captain.

"He's a fighter and he went after a skilled defenceman. I went over there but I wasn't going to fight him. Kiss (head coach Kelly Kisio) would have ripped my head off if I fought a guy like that."

Getzlaf, who hasn't played since Team Canada's gold-medal win on Jan. 4 due to a bad elbow, showed no ill effects from the injury last night.

The 19-year-old sniper made it a 5-0 game early in the third period, one-timing a cross-ice feed from Andrew Ladd.

"It wasn't as easy as it looked out there," the Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect said. "Anytime you have that many games off, it's tough to come back."

Merkley rounded out the scoring on another powerplay with 1:09 to go.

Goaltender Justin Pogge, acquired in a six-player swap with Prince George on Monday, made 24 stops to pick up the shutout, recording his second victory in as many games with his new club.

"That was probably the most exciting shutout I've had," said Pogge, who has eight career goose eggs. "In front of almost 15,000, that was amazing."

Pogge, who made a flurry of stops during a span of a few seconds in the first period, has gotten off to a quick start with the Hitmen.

"It's nice to start off with a couple of wins, especially this close to the playoffs."

With its third straight win, Calgary improved to 21-15-6-2 and took over sole possession of third place in the Central Division.

The Hitmen scored the only goal of the opening frame 10 seconds after beginning their first powerplay of the night.

Landolt walked in off the point, teed it up and blasted a howitzer past Calgary product Devan Dubnyk on the stick side.

Calgary blew the game open with three unanswered goals in the middle frame. Merkley started the barrage at the 2:03 mark, jamming a rebound through Dubnyk's five hole for his 10th goal of the season.

Getzlaf got back into the swing of things on the powerplay. Dubnyk made the stop on Dustin Kohn's point shot but the rebound bounced out to Getzlaf, who popped the water bottle for his 20th of the year.

Carson made it four-zip on another Hitmen powerplay late in the period when his point shot snuck through Dubnyk's legs. Backup Michael Maniago, also a Calgarian, started the third period for the Blazers, allowing two goals on 11 shots.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 6

KAMLOOPS BLAZERS: 0


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