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SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Brodie Dupont is a non-discriminant agitator. He'll chew your ear off in either of Canada's official languages.

For the Calgary Hitmen-Lethbridge Hurricanes quarter-final series, the bilingual Hitmen freshman only needs to load up on his finest English insults.

But his target, Hurricanes sniper Jonathan Filewich, would be able to understand if Dupont decided to speak en francais.

"I went to French immersion, so I can understand it," Filewich said shortly after arriving in town yesterday afternoon.

"But I can't speak it."

Not that he's ever given the chance to get a word in. Dupont has been dominating the conversation this series.

And the deeper the series goes, the more creative the Hitmen rookie will need to be.

No one wants to use the same old verbal jabs shift after shift.

"I guess he's not too bad compared to most of the guys in the league," Filewich said when asked what kind of material his tormentor has come up with.

"But usually I don't pay attention to it. It depends what kind of mood I'm in but I'm usually too focused on what I have to do.

"He tries to do anything he can to get you off your game. We'll see how the rest of the series goes to see if he's doing his job."

So far, so good.

Dupont and Co. have held the Hurricanes' 42-goal man to a pair of points in the first two games. The series is tied 1-1 with Games 3 and 4 tonight and tomorrow at the Saddledome (7 p.m.)

Calgary assistant coach Blaine Forsythe said 'The Moose' had no problem accepting the task of getting in Filewich's face.

"He knew exactly what his role would be going into the series," Forsythe said.

"He's got to be a physical presence, get in guys' ears and do what he can to get some of their players off their games. He's done a pretty good job of that so far."

Dupont said he's willing to do just about anything to make life miserable for the opposition and Filewich in particular.

"I just try to get in his head," the 18-year-old said.

"Obviously, he's a key guy on their team. He had 42 goals during the regular season. I'm just yapping at him, letting him know I'm there and that it's going to be a hard night for him.

"If our line keeps them off the scoresheet, the more successful we'll be."

Dupont, who was handed a questionable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for holding a post-whistle chat with Filewich in Game 2, said his quarry hasn't been too responsive.

"He doesn't show a lot of emotion out there, so it's hard to say if I'm under his skin or not," Dupont said.

"The odd time, he'll chirp something back. I just laugh at him because it revs me up more. But I have some of their d-men coming up and threatening me, so I know it's bugging them. I just tune them out and focus on Filewich. I'm just going to keep on doing what I'm doing."

Dupont, who models his game on Detroit Red Wings antagonizer Darren McCarty, said it hasn't been too hard to find some ill will for the 'Canes.

"I've played against that line most of the year and I'm always lining up against the same guy," he said. "You learn to hate them.

"That's what's so fun about playoffs. The intensity is way up there."


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