Hitmen stick to style

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

Last Sunday's Tigers-Hitmen tilt was easily the most entertaining WHL game played at the 'Dome this season.

But Brodie Dupont doesn't want to see a repeat this afternoon.

The Calgary power forward forced overtime a week ago when he scored with less than a second to play in regulation. The Tigers went on to a 6-5 win that featured 14 players involved in the thrilling shootout.

"It was on Sportsnet, so I talked to some of my friends back home," Dupont said. "For the fans, it was a real exciting game. But we're almost a boring hockey team to watch because we don't score too many goals. We try to play defensively and wait for our chances. We need to get back to that instead of playing run and gun. Losing 6-5 in a shootout, that's not our game."

The Hitmen -- losers of five straight -- haven't been playing their game for quite some time.

But they still have a shot at top spot.

At 45-18-3-3, Calgary sits two points back of the Tigers. In order to finish first and lock up home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Hitmen must beat the Hat today (2 p.m. at the 'Dome).

Dupont said his squad will have no trouble getting motivated.

"We know they'll come out with their A-game," he said. "And if we're not ready, they're just going to embarrass us in our own barn."

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RACE FOR FIRST

What's left for Hitmen 'n' Tigers

Today: Vs. Med. Hat (.721)

Friday: At Lethbridge (.463)

Saturday: At Red Deer (.391)

Today: At Calgary (.696)

Wednesday: Vs. Leth. (.463)

Saturday: Vs. S. Current (.426)

March 19: Vs. Regina (.575)


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