Kisio really rides 'em

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

Kelly Kisio never thought he'd see the day when he looked forward to an eight-hour bus trip.

But after the last road trip, the Calgary Hitmen boss was eager to claim his comfy seat at the front of the iron lung as his club -- leading the Warriors 3-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern semifinal series -- departed for tonight's Game 6 in Moose Jaw.

Last week, following a big Game 4 victory in the Saskatchewan city, the club boarded the bus for the trek back to Calgary.

Some watched movies.

Others caught a little shut eye.

Not Kisio. Along with goaltender coach Darcy Wakaluk and radio colour commentator Ken Thrower, the GM/head coach was following the bus in forward Brodie Dupont's new car, a Pontiac Sunfire.

Dupont has been car-less since the transmission failed in his old Taurus. He was forced to beg teammates for rides.

"It was probably about a month, I had Pogs picking me up," he said of accommodating goaltender Justin Pogge.

"Then his billets adopted a kid and he had to move out, so he went to live with Foz (assistant GM Blaine Forsythe) on the other side of the city.

"Then Covie (teammate Steve Covington) was coming to get me and it was out of his way because he had to pick up Lukas (Vantuch)."

So Dupont's dad, who lives in St. Lazare, Man., started shopping for another used car. He finally found a Sunfire, drove it to Moose Jaw and dropped it off.

Kisio wasn't about to let his exhausted forward drive it back to Calgary. So he took the bullet.

Dupont gave the trio strict orders to handle his new ride with kid gloves.

"I gave them the rundown before they got in and I told them to treat it like it was their baby girl. Thrower's a cop so I was a little concerned about him," the

19-year-old joked.

"It was raining and I was on the bus thinking 'Oh, please don't break down on them on the way home.'

"That wouldn't have been good. I probably would have been getting a call and probably not be playing the rest of the series."

So while Dupont got some rest, the three designated drivers soldiered on.

Well ... at least two of them.

"Thrower drove for about an hour and a half and then slept the rest of the way," Kisio tattled.

"So Darcy and I had to flip back and forth.

"As soon as one started to fade, the other guy would take over.

"It's a tough drive after a game like that."

So, is this car any better than the last lemon?

"I hope so," Kisio said.

"Because I'm not doing it again for a while.

"I'm still tired from the last trip."

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HIT PARADE: The Hitmen have a 5-3 Game 6 record (2-1 on the road) in franchise history ... The team that has led on the shot clock has lost every game in this series, except in Game 3 when each team had 26 shots ... Moose Jaw's Blair Jones forced overtime Friday night when he scored his club's lone powerplay goal of the series (1-for-26). The Hitmen powerplay has scored in four games (5-for-27) ... Hitmen Jeff Schultz and Craig Lineker (10 points apiece) are tied for second in scoring among defencemen.

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CALGARY HITMEN @ MOOSE JAW WARRIORS

HITMEN LEAD SERIES 3-2.

GAME 6 TONIGHT IN MOOSE JAW, 7 P.M.


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