The perfect score

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Looking for his first WHL goal, Alex Plante knows the second round of the playoffs is providing the perfect time.

And the perfect goalie to be the victim, he said.

"Tyler Plante, Brandon Wheat Kings," Calgary's underage Hitmen defenceman said of whom he'd like to beat. "That would be nice."

The same last name is no co-incidence.

The netminder standing between the Hitmen and victory in the Eastern Conference semifinal is Plante's older brother.

Don't for a second think those accomplishments will be easy -- both for the Hitmen and Alex Plante, and not just because the goalie in question is up for the league's rookie-of-the-year honours.

Even a couple of days before the series began, the elder Plante's competitive juices were overflowing.

"I know he's looking for his first goal but hopefully it's not on me," said Tyler.

His stance didn't soften even when the question was posed whether he'd feel the same even if it came in a 7-1 Wheat Kings victory.

"I think I'd still mind. That'd bother me a little bit," Tyler replied.

Their father, Cam, wasn't surprised to hear the goaltender of the family plans to hold steadfast against his younger sibling, who joined the Hitmen after a full season in midget and stepped into a regular shift on the blueline during the playoffs.

"I think he'd bear down more if it's Alex with the puck than if it was Ryan Getzlaf," Cam said.

The fact the boys are meeting each other in the playoffs is causing some discomfort in the Plante household.

After all, Brandon isn't just where their eldest son plays. It's also home.

If that's not enough, Cam was a star with the Wheaties in the early '80s.

"It's going to be a very confusing series for my mother but I think my parents will lean to the Brandon side," Tyler said only to hear his mother, Val, immediately object.

"At least I know I've got my dad's vote," he added. "He was a Wheat King, too. I don't think he'll ever cross over."

Not so fast, said Dad.

"When I talk to Tyler, I'll be rooting for the Wheat Kings and, when I talk to Alex, I'll be cheering for the Hitmen," said Cam, whose 118 assists in the 1983-84 campaign remains a club record.

"The good thing is we can go to the rink and just enjoy the game. We don't have to worry about this team winning or that team winning."

The matriarch, though, is more than a little stressed, said Cam.

"I'm not going to sit with her, I'll tell you," he said with a laugh.

"One's a goalie and you know how mothers are with that and even though the other is 6-ft. 4-in. and almost 200 pounds, Alex is still her baby boy."

Tyler, who lives with his parents, admitted he's a little worried about his mom.

"The moment she heard Medicine Hat beat Red Deer she got stressed out," said Tyler.

"She did not want us to play against each other."

Nerves aside, the Plante clan is bracing to see what has the potential to be a dandy series.

Tyler is sure excited and knows beating Calgary will be no easy task for his club.

"The first thing I thought about was I'd get to play my brother. I didn't think about the Hitmen. Then the reality sunk in, that's a good team and going to be a good challenge," he said.

"It's going to be really exciting.

"I'm looking forward to it."


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