Swede shutout win

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

There was a time when Swedes were known for their ruthlessness and brute strength.

It's been nearly 12 centuries since the horn-helmeted Europeans toured the continent in search of land and treasure.

But Calgary Hitmen imports Robin Figren and Freddie Pettersson are going old school.

Late in last night's 7-0 decimation of the Swift Current Broncos, Figren saw his countryman and linemate lying in the opposition crease taking cross-check after cross-check.

Figren rushed to the rescue and took a punch to the beak for his effort.

"We're Swedish Vikings so we stand up for each other on the ice," explained Pettersson, who, along with Figren, played a major role in the blowout.

"That's what I like to see. I would do the same for him but I'm not a fighter."

Neither is Figren, who scored twice as the Hitmen (9-6-0-1) won their third straight.

"I need a new nose," Figren offered as he walked out of the dressing room to meet the media. "I was trying to help Freddie and I got a punch right in the face. So, I just decided to go to the bench."

Keegan Dansereau also potted a pair and Pettersson had three assists. Brodie Dupont, Brett Sonne and Derek LeBlanc chipped in with singles.

The Pettersson-Figren-Sonne trio combined for seven points on the night.

"We're like the Swedish meatballs," Figren said. "And then we have Sonne.

"We're going to try to learn him some Swedish. Maybe we'll adopt him as a Swede."

Sonne seems to fit in with the 'Vikings.' With five minutes to go, Broncos winger Dale Weise nearly KOed Pettersson with an open-ice hit. Sonne immediately dropped the gloves to go for his Gordie Howe hat-trick.

Lost in the offensive explosion was Dan Spence's second straight goose egg. The Hitmen starter made 15 saves to extend his shutout streak to 121:26.

Dupont's third game winner in as many games lengthened his points streak to 10 games.

Following a scoreless opening frame, the Hitmen exploded for five goals in the second period and outshot the visitors 46-15.

Calgarian Kyle Moir, who entered the game with a career 5-2-2 record at the 'Dome, took the loss but was completely hung out to dry.

HIT PARADE:

The three stars were Hitmen LW Freddie Pettersson, RW Robin Figren and RW Keegan Dansereau ... Not dressed for the Hitmen were LW Brendan Rowinski (shoulder, 6-8 weeks), RW Brandon Kozun, D Curtis Kelner, D Kevin Reinholt and C Mike Reich ... The Hitmen head to Medicine Hat tonight to play the Tigers.


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