Eight enough for Hitmen

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:35 PM ET

Pity the Prince Albert Raiders.

The overmatched Saskatchewan club bore the brunt of an angry Calgary Hitmen squad, which took out some frustration and pounded the Raiders 8-1 last night at the Saddledome in front of 7,540 fans.

The Hitmen were venting after a woeful, lifeless 5-1 loss Wednesday to the Lethbridge Hurricanes and last night they did pretty much everything right including opening with two shorthanded goals, courtesy of Brett Sonne and Derek LeBlanc, going 2-for-6 on the powerplay and dominating from end to end for 60 minutes.

"We were all on the same page and it was good to win like that and get some confidence back, especially after that last game," said Brodie Dupont, who scored twice.

"We realize we can't just throw on the skates and go out there. We've got to put our work boots on."

After Wednesday's game, Hitmen head coach Kelly Kisio dished out some punishment Thursday and bag-skated his charges, who responded in turn with one of their better performances of the season.

"I think our guys played very hard and were committed to our game plan," said Kisio, whose club improved to 13-7-0-1. "We're much happier with our game than we were the other night."

Ryan White had a goal and two assists and collected his 100th WHL point when he assisted on Sonne's shorthanded tally that opened the floodgates at 2:46 of the first period.

Michael Hengen, Freddie Pettersson and Dylan Yeo, who hails from Prince Albert, scored the other Hitmen goals.

Matt Robertson had the lone tally for the Raiders (6-11-2-1) who have now lost seven in a row and managed just 16 shots on Calgary goalie Dan Spence, who picked up his 12th win of the season.


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