Hitmen have yet to score at even strength

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

The fact the Calgary Hitmen have yet to score a five-on-five goal in their series against Lethbridge shouldn't surprise anyone.

But it's not because the WHL club can't put the puck in the net.

Rather, there's been so little even-strength play through the first four games, it's amazing Lethbridge has tallied with the sin bin empty.

To put it into perspective, a total of 240 minutes have been played heading into today's Game 5 (Saddledome, noon) and about 146 -- more than half -- of those have been special teams minutes.

Hitmen forward Ryan White isn't the least bit surprised given how often the whistle has sounded through the series, which is knotted 2-2 and is now a best-of-three affair.

"Not at all. It's been a parade from Game 1 to Game 4," said White.

"We're trying to cut down a bit. Then some nights we're not getting the calls, some nights we're undisciplined and you put those together and we've been in the box a lot."

While the Hitmen are second in penalty minutes with 112, the 'Canes are right there as well with 100, fourth most.

Additionally, Calgary has been shorthanded 40 times, more than any other team prior to last night's playoff games.

And with powerplays being doled out like candy on Halloween, the Hitmen are firing on all cylinders with the man advantage, going 9-for-33.

Calgary also has a shorthanded tally and one with the teams skating four-on-four.

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NEW KID IN TOWN: The Calgary Hitmen had a third goalie at practice yesterday but starter Justin Pogge isn't injured.

Martin Jones, a 2005 bantam draft pick from North Vancouver, is practising with the club now that his B.C. triple-A midget team, the Vancouver Northwest Giants, is out of the playoffs after losing in the league final.

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SERIES TIED 2-2.

GAME 5 TODAY AT 7:30 P.M.


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