Dupont makes his case

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Chances are Hockey Canada already made up its mind who would be at the world junior selection camp when the Calgary Hitmen took to the ice last night.

Just in case head coach Craig Hartsburg was humming and hawing about inviting Hitmen forwards Ryan White and Brodie Dupont, the two players put on a show one final time.

White set up Dupont for the game-winning goal midway through the second period to help the Hitmen beat the Saskatoon Blades 5-2 in front of 7,373 at the Saddledome.

Now all they can do is wait and hope the phone rings this morning. The camp starts Dec. 10 in Calgary and White, Dupont and Hitmen defenceman Karl Alzner all have a chance to represent their country in Sweden starting Boxing Day.

Although he's excited, Dupont wasn't going to lose sleep after a stretch of four games in four nights, which included a hat-trick performance for the WHL in the Canada-Russia series Thursday in Kamloops.

"I'm beat," said Dupont. "But I hope I get a call. I did everything I could.

"I'm having a great year and had a great series. I left everything out on the ice. But it's not me deciding who gets the invite."

The two have found a great chemistry with linemate Keegan Dansereau and the trio was by far the best on the ice last night.

White set up Dansereau in the first period to make the score 2-0 before goals by Saskatoon's Dustin Cameron and Blair Macaulay tied it up in the second.

But less than a minute after Macaulay's tally, White slid the puck over to a wide-open Dupont, who zipped a wrister top corner on stunned Blades netminder Garrett Zemlak.

"Ryan makes it a lot easier because he has some gifts for me," Dupont said. "He makes me a better player."

Michael Hengen, Ian Duval and Brett Sonne rounded out the Hitmen's scoring.


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