Brodie to the max

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

The Moose wasted little time in tightening the noose around the Hurricanes' throats.

Brodie Dupont sniped the game-winner just 46 seconds into sudden death to give the Calgary Hitmen a 3-2 victory over Lethbridge in Game 5 yesterday at the 'Dome.

The Hitmen, who travel to Lethbridge for Game 6 tonight (7 p.m., The Fan 960), lead the Eastern Conference quarter-final by that same 3-2 margin.

With the ice barely dry to start overtime, Derek LeBlanc took a pass in the slot from Ryan White and made a nifty behind-the-back feed to Dupont.

The New York Rangers draft pick beat Lethbridge starter Justin Leclerc to the glove side, sending the 'Dome crowd into delirium.

"I don't know if (LeBlanc) has eyes in the back of his head or what," said Dupont, who also drew assists on Calgary's other goals -- from White and captain Brett Carson -- in regulation time. "But that was a great pass and I managed to get it by (Leclerc)."

The game never should have went to overtime. With the Hitmen enjoying their 10th powerplay of the day in the third period, Colton Yellow Horn skated in one-on-two and sent an innocent wrister on net that somehow snuck through Pogge. The shorthanded marker forced OT.

Dupont said the goal didn't deflate the team, which went back on the attack once more.

"Nobody said anything about it on the bench," he said.

"Pogge has bailed us out so much, it's about time we repaid him. He made some big saves the whole game. That one happened to sneak through but we shouldn't have let them get that shot in the first place."

The game story was, once again, the constant parade to the penalty box. This time, however, the Hitmen, who had surrendered a league-high 40 powerplays through the first four games, were the beneficiaries. The Hurricanes killed off nine of 10 powerplays, while Calgary was called for just one infraction.

Hitmen assistant coach Dave Lowry said having his big line of Dupont, White and LeBlanc on the ice instead of in the sin bin made a world of difference.

"When those guys are sitting in the box for 10 minutes, it hurts our hockey club," Lowry said of the trio's penchant for taking misconducts.

"It's something we've addressed with the individuals. They've very important to us and, if we're going to win games, they can't be sitting in the box."

White drew first blood five minutes into the second period banging in a loose puck for the club's first five-on-five goal of the post-season, although it came during a delayed penalty call against Lethbridge.

'Canes d-man Ben Wright brought the visitors even at the halfway point but Carson put the Hitmen back on top on a late powerplay -- Calgary's seventh straight man advantage to start the game -- when his point blast went in off a Lethbridge defender in front.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 3

LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES: 2

OVERTIME

HITMEN LEAD SERIES 3-2.

GAME 6 TONIGHT IN LETHBRIDGE, 7 P.M.


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