'Men melt Ice

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

The Kootenay Ice is a notoriously tough team to beat in its own building.

The Calgary Hitmen got it done last night.

Head coach/GM Kelly Kisio gave his club full marks for an outstanding effort in a 4-2 win over the Ice, which extended his club's winning streak to six games.

"I thought our guys were really focused today and they played a hell of a hockey game," said Kisio.

The Hitmen have never had much success in Cranbrook and Kisio said he'll take a win there any time.

"We have a tough time in this building and we somehow found a way to push ourselves through that," said Kisio.

At first it looked as though it would be the same old story as Kootenay's Curtis Billsten scored just 43 second into the game.

Less than two minutes later, Calgary's Ryan White scored on the powerplay.

Another powerplay goal by Jeff Schultz at 8:25 put the Hitmen up for good. Schultz potted his second of the game at 18:55, giving the Hitmen a 3-1 lead after the opening frame.

Calgary made it 4-1 on Freddie Pettersson's tally at 14:54 of the second, another powerplay marker.

While the Hitmen powerplay was dynamite, going 3-for 6, the penalty kill was solid as well, stopping the Ice on six man-advantage opportunities.

Calgary is in Lethbridge tonight (6 p.m.).

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CALGARY HITMEN: 4

KOOTENAY ICE: 2


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