CALGARY HITMEN 3 BRANDON WHEAT KINGS 1
SUN THREE STARS:
1. Ryan Getzlaf, Hitmen -- Scored Calgary's third goal and chipped in an assist.
2. Justin Pogge, Hitmen -- Allowed a weak goal to Jakub Sindel but was otherwise solid between the pipes.
3. Brett O'Malley, Hitmen -- Assisted on Calgary's second goal and did yeoman's work in the corners and along the boards.
C Tyrel Lucas -- Had his best game of the playoffs.
Brandon's repeated failure to clear its zone early in the second period led to Konstantin Pushkarev's game-winner for the Hitmen.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Hitmen go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven affair and have a shot at taking control of the series tonight (Saddledome, 7 p.m., Fan 960, Shaw TV).
HIT OF THE GAME:
Brandon C Ryan Stone drilled D Brett Carson in the third, sparking some late-game fisticuffs.
SAVE OF THE GAME:
With the Wheaties down 2-1 in the second, Brandon G Tyler Plante robbed C Riley Merkley, getting his right pad on a one-timer.
HITMEN -- D Darryl Yacboski (shoulder), D Justin Falk (healthy), LW Roman Tomanek (healthy), RW Isaac Reid (healthy), C Brett Sonne (healthy).
WHEATIES -- LW Corey Courchene (undisclosed), D Mike Cann (healthy), D Theran Yeo (healthy), C Teegan Moore (ankle).