Warrior up for one-game showdown

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Decked out in green Hitmen army togs, the fashion rage in the Calgary dressing room this spring, Brodie Dupont put on his best fighting face.

"It'll be my first one," Dupont, 18, smirked when asked how many Game 7s he's faced in his young hockey career.

"I'm just going to try to forget about this, take it as a regular-season game and relax and try to just play my game. Game 7 -- you've got to love that, a perfect scenario.

"I don't know how I'll play in a Game 7 but I'm sure I'll be all right. I think we're all looking forward to Game 7, we like the pressure.

"We're not too upset going back."

Not too upset, maybe, but battle weary, to be sure.

The first six games against the suddenly sturdy Brandon Wheat Kings has been a war, no doubt, although the Hitmen appeared content to sit back and watch Game 6 until it was too late.

Dupont suggested a twist of fate might have clinched the series last night, although a one-game showdown tomorrow in Brandon isn't hopeless.

"Even if we could have got a bounce to go in," offered Dupont, whose club managed 33 shots on Wheaties netminder Tyler Plante.

"Obviously, Plante played pretty good tonight. He's been playing good the whole series but if we could have got a bounce, somebody could have sparked us but that's the way the game goes. We're going to go back to Brandon and try to regroup and try to win Game 7."


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