Plowed under

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Brandon beat the Hitmen at their own game.

Low-scoring, tight-checking hockey is supposed to be Calgary's forte.

But the flashy, offensively gifted Wheat Kings, the WHL's highest-scoring team, traded in their sniper rifles for shovels last night.

The Wheaties hit the board first in the second period and then checked the Hitmen into the ice en route to a 3-1 win at the Saddledome.

The loss, Calgary's first on home ice this spring, knots the series at three games apiece.

Game 7 goes tomorrow night in Brandon (6 p.m., The Fan 960, Shaw TV).

GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said the visitors, who staved off elimination for the second straight game, played his team's style. They just did it better.

"They checked us pretty well, that's for sure," Kisio said. "I thought they played a really good road game."

Captain Ryan Getzlaf tipped his hat to the Wheaties, who were full marks for their victory in front of 15,679.

"You have to give them credit," said Getzlaf, who extended his points streak to 10 games by drawing an assist on Schultz's late goal.

"They came out and did what they had to do to win the hockey game."

Nursing a 1-0 lead late in the third period, the Wheat Kings potted the eventual game-winner just seconds after their powerplay ran out. Steven Later found Lance Monych wide open next to the Calgary net and the Brandon veteran made no mistake.

Later scored into an empty net before Jeff Schultz ruined Tyler Plante's shutout bid with just 7.2 seconds left.

Calgary outshot the Wheaties for the sixth straight time, 33-27.

The Hitmen vowed they wouldn't sleepwalk through the opening minutes, as they have been known to do in recent games.

And while they didn't exactly come storming out of the gates, the home side did avoid falling behind early and carried the play during the scoreless opening frame.

Brett O'Malley had the best opportunity to crack the ice but couldn't get his stick on a Konstantin Pushkarev feed.

Getzlaf got his teammates rolling seven minutes in when he ran over Jakub Sindel and Tim Konsorada on the same shift.

The Wheaties scored first for the fifth time in six games just 47 seconds into the middle stanza. An errant breakout pass went off a Hitmen skate and onto the stick of Sindel, who wired a slapper past Justin Pogge's outstretched glove, off the post and in.

The goaltenders were sharp for the rest of the period. Plante showed a quick glove to deny Brodie Dupont's offering three minutes in. He came up big later on when, after making an initial stop, he managed to get a pad on Steve Covington's rebound.

Pogge kept his club in it, turning away Ryan Stone's deflection and later flashing the glove on Jeff Topilko.


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