Pogge shuts door

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

MOOSE JAW -- The Calgary Hitmen are coming home.

And they've got home-ice advantage back in their court.

Derek LeBlanc and Mike Reich scored for Calgary who evened the Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece with a 2-0 win over Moose Jaw last night.

Game 5 goes tomorrow night at the 'Dome (7 p.m., Shaw TV, The Fan 960).

Goaltender Justin Pogge kicked out all 42 shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the series.

Hitmen head coach Kelly Kisio said he expected his MVP to bounce back from a shakey outing in Game 3.

"That was a big factor right there," Kisio said. "Pogs made some big-time saves.

"There were a couple of powerplays and a 5-on-3 where he made some fabulous saves.

"We don't worry about him."

But the Warriors should be more than a little concerned.

They everything they had at Pogge, firing 34 pucks at the Calgary cage in the second and third periods.

The Hitmen gassed a third-period lead the night before but there was no chink in the armour last night.

Pogge came up big during a number of wild scrambles but opted to credit his teammates for the goose egg.

"The guys came up with some big blocks," Pogge said. "And they let me see the puck.

"I got lucky a few times, too. A couple just hit me. But it felt good to come back with a win like that, especially in this building. It's tough to win here."

Reich banged home a perfect feed from Craig Lineker to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead midway through the third period and then clamped down defensively.

The Hitmen powerplay came up big again in the second period when LeBlanc picked up a puck in front of Pogge, went coast to coast, and beat Perricone to the glove side for the game winner.

SUN STARS: The three stars were Hitmen G Justin Pogge, Hitmen D Craig Lineker and Warriors C Riley Holzapfel ... Not dressed for Calgary were D Dylan Yeo (wrist, 7 weeks), LW Kris Deines (thumb, indefinite) and D Curtis Kelner.


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