Dupont hoping history doesn't repeat

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Brodie Dupont learned the lesson the hard way last spring.

The big winger was part of last year's Calgary squad that had the high-flying Brandon Wheat Kings on the ropes with a 3-1 series lead.

The Wheaties reeled off three straight to send the Hitmen packing.

The lesson? When you smell blood, keep pounding away.

The Hitmen have a chance to eliminate the Warriors tomorrow night in Moose Jaw and Dupont said no one on his team wants to play Game 7.

"A lot of guys in our room remember what happened last year," Dupont said. "You can't give a team a little bit of life.

"If they force it to Game 7, anything can happen.

"They're really tough in their barn but we're looking to go in there and hopefully stick the knife in 'em. If we don't come with our A-game, they're going to shove it down our throats."

The Hitmen have had trouble finding a killer instinct in this series.

They've blown two third-period leads -- including last night's 4-3 OT victory -- which are usually money in the bank for the Hitmen, who wrote the book on protecting leads during the regular season.

Justin Pogge faced 40-plus shots for the second consecutive game and had to be especially sharp in sudden death when the Warriors held a 15-5 advantage on the shot clock.

"I don't think that's happened all year," Pogge said of the high shot totals. "They were definitely firing the puck but I saw most of them.

"I think we have a little momentum now. They're tough in their barn but we took one out of there in Game 4 so hopefully we can take another one."


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