Return of the Kings

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

BRANDON -- All of those who are moving on to the WHL Conference final, please raise your hands. Not so fast, Calgary Hitmen.

You still have some work to do.

The Brandon Wheat Kings aren't done quite yet.

Brandon scored twice in the opening five minutes and twice more on the powerplay as the Wheaties beat Calgary 6-4 last night in Game 5 at the Keystone

Centre.

The Hitmen lead the Eastern Conference semifinal 3-2.

Rookie Ryan White scored a pair while Dylan Yeo and Ryan Getzlaf chipped in singles for the Hitmen, who will have a chance to wrap up the series on home ice Monday

(7 p.m., The Fan 960, Shaw TV).

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said the Brandon powerplay was the difference.

"We knew they'd push hard," Kisio said.

"We were down early and battled back.

"We were within one goal three times and then we'd take an undisciplined penalty or have an iffy call and they'd score on the powerplay.

"The guys were frustrated because we didn't get a lot of calls. It was a rodeo out there for a while."

The Wheat Kings scored their second powerplay goal of the game to take a 5-2 lead at the 6:17 mark of the final frame when Lance Monych cleaned up some garbage next to Justin Pogge.

Getzlaf made it a two-goal game with 11 minutes to play.

The Hitmen captain skated in on a breakaway and roofed a shot over Tyler Plante to extend his points streak to nine games.

White made it a nail-biter after he scored his second of the night with six minutes to go.

But Brandon held on and Steven Later hit the empty net to ensure

Game 6.

Facing elimination on home ice, the Wheaties came out fired up and grabbed a quick

2-0 lead.

Ryan Reaves caused a turnover by pasting Hitmen rookie d-man Justin Falk into the glass. Codey Burki picked up the loose puck and beat Pogge over the blocker at 1:49.

The same line was at it again three minutes later. Derek LeBlanc took a pass off his skate in traffic and snapped a shot into the far corner.

LeBlanc, who would later score his third in the past two games, said his line was feeling good right from the drop of the puck.

"We got off to a real good start and that gave us some confidence," said LeBlanc, who just turned 19.

"We just have to go out there and keep winning our matchups."

The damage could have been far worse if not for a pair of big first-period stops from Pogge, who gloved Sami Sandell's redirection from the side of the net.

The Hitmen 'tender robbed Sandell again later in the period. Jakub Sindel made a perfect cross-ice pass on a 2-on-1 but Pogge slid across to get his right pad on the Finnish import's one-timer.

The Hitmen woke up around the halfway point of the period and dominated the rest of frame, leaving the ice with a 14-8 advantage on the shot clock but nothing on the scoreboard.

Calgary outshot Brandon 44-31.

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BRANDON WHEAT KINGS: 6

CALGARY HITMEN: 4

HITMEN LEAD SERIES 3-2.

GAME 6 MONDAY, 'DOME, 7 P.M.


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