Mr. Jones earns first WHL victory

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Last night was an evening Calgary Hitmen rookie Martin Jones will never forget.

The 16-year-old netminder started in goal for the Hitmen and won his first WHL game as the Hitmen beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 in the Windy City.

Jones, who hails from North Vancouver, B.C., was busy between the pipes and made 38 saves as the Hitmen won their second in a row and improved to 7-6-0-1.

"Jonesy was very solid for us," said Hitmen assistant coach Dave Lowry.

"The kids were pretty excited and it was a big game for us. He came in and gave us a chance to win and that's all you can ask for."

Jones was a fourth round bantam draft pick in 2005.

Big defenceman Alex Plante, who has suddenly become a scoring machine, tallied for the second straight game on the powerplay.

It was his third career goal and it staked the Hitmen to a 1-0 lead.

Then Lethbridge's Kris Hogg tied it up with a man-advantage tally midway through the opening frame.

But the visitors regained the lead on Robin Figren's powerplay marker, then went up 3-1 on a shorthanded effort from Brett Sonne at 17:25 and they carried that lead into the second.

The goals kept coming in the second as well.

Calgary's Brodie Dupont notched his eighth of the year to make it 4-1.

That was followed up by Freddie Pettersson's first of the campaign but the Hurricanes made it 5-2 on former Hitmen Lukas Vantuch's powerplay marker with 55 seconds left in the frame. He added yet another powerplay goal at 6:06 of the third to make it 5-3.

Calgary's Ryan White had three assists and was the game's first star as the Hitmen put fourth a solid effort.

"We did a good job as a team tonight working in all three zones and when we needed a big save, Jonesy was there for us," Lowry said.

Lethbridge drops to 5-9-1-1.

Calgary's powerplay went 3-for-5, while the Hurricanes were 3-for-9.

The Hitmen host the Regina Pats tomorrow (Saddledome, 7 p.m.) and Lowry hopes the squad sticks to its guns.

"We just have to make sure that we understand what we did tonight to be successful," Lowry said.

"And we have to make sure we bring the same level of commitment for Friday."


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