Doppelgangers

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen have their dynamic duo in Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd.

But the Brandon Wheat Kings also boast their version of Batman and Robin in Eric Fehr and Calgarian Ryan Stone as they prepare for their WHL second round series against the Hitmen, starting tomorrow in Brandon (6:30 p.m., SHAWTV, FAN 960).

The two put up points in the 'Dub like nobody else this season. Fehr led all scorers with 111 points, while Stone finished second overall with 99 points.

They've continued their torrid scoring pace through the first round of the post-season. Fehr leads the way with six goals and seven assists. Stone is second with one goal and 11 helpers after Brandon downed the lowly Moose Jaw Warriors, 4-1, in the opening round.

They won't put up those numbers against the Hitmen, who stifled the high-powered Lethbridge Hurricanes in Round 1. Still, Calgary defenceman Jeff Schultz said his team must be wary of Fehr and Stone whenever they're on the ice.

"They're a lot bigger than the Lethbridge guys were and they use their size well," said Schultz, who is no shrimp at 6 ft. 7 in., 212 lb.

Fehr, a 6-ft. 4-in. right wing, and Stone, a 6-ft. 1-in., centre, don't mind banging and crashing when they get a chance to throw their weight around but ultimately, Hitmen goalie Justin Pogge will say something about stopping the Wheaties dazzling duo.

"I'll prepare the same way I have all season, so I'm not going to change anything just because the two top scorers are on the other team," said Pogge, who leads all playoff goalies with a .954 save percentage is second with his 1.28 goals-against average.

Against the Hurricanes, both coaches matched lines, throwing their checkers out against the opposing club's big guns and Hitmen co-coach Dean Evason expects the trend to continue against Brandon.

"We'll try to get our matchups. They've got two lines that are very powerful, not unlike Lethbridge, and they present us a different element with their size," said Evason.

"We'll see what their thoughts are. We have ours and we feel that all four lines are pretty balanced on our team but we'd like to get our matchups. If we can't, we'll challenge our guys to do the job."

For most of their four years in the league, Fehr and Stone terrorized the opposition playing on the same line but three months ago, head coach Kelly McCrimmon split them up, bringing a more balanced attack, said Stone.

"The second half of the season we've been split up and it's helped the team a lot more,"said Stone, 20.

"For our opposition, it splits up their top d-men and makes them pick who they'd rather play against, either me or Fehr, so it gives the other guy more space."

It also gives the Wheat Kings, who led the league in scoring, two bona fide scoring lines.

"It evens out our top two lines and adds a little more depth with a bit more scoring power to the different lines," said Fehr, 19, who's playing alongside Jakub Sindel and Derek LeBlanc.

The Wheaties are at their net-bulging best when they're on the powerplay and that's when Fehr and Stone hit the ice toegther.

Not surprisingly, the Wheat Kings lead all playoff teams in powerplay potency, converting 26.7% percent of their chances in their series with the Warriors.

But in the Hitmen, Brandon goes up against the top penalty killing club, which allowed just one goal on 25 chances against the Hurricanes.


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