Sibling rivalries heat up

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

It's the Battle of the Brothers, Round Two.

Calgary Hitmen captain Dylan Yeo and fellow blueliner Alex Plante will go head to head against their brothers when the WHL Eastern Conference semifinals kick off in Brandon tonight (6:30 p.m., The Fan 960).

Yeo said he'll have no problem putting his younger sibling, Theran, through the boards if given the chance.

"All's fair in love and war," the Hitmen overager said.

"It's always fun to play against your brother."

The two Hitmen players are looking to even the score after Theran and Brandon goaltender Tyler Plante won a seven-game second-round series in 2005.

"That year, (Theran) didn't play much," Yeo said of his brother, who was a member of the Wheat Kings' taxi squad.

"But he'll play a lot now so it should be good."

A rusty Alex Plante returned to the Hitmen lineup for Game 6 against Kootenay after being out of the lineup for 18 games with a nasty elbow injury.

He said he won't let his brother get into his head.

"I've gotten good at realizing it's just another game," he said. "I'm able to block that stuff out."

So he won't be stopping by the opposition's crease for a little chit-chat?

"We barely talk before or after the series," he said.

"I'm not going to try anything different than on any other goalie but, if I do score, it might be some nice bragging rights for the summer."

It might be fun for the brothers but it's anything but for the parents, who are forced to divide their allegiances.

The Plantes already have different views.

"My mom hates it," Plante said. "But my dad loves it because one of us is guaranteed to go to the third round."

Yeo said his parents might be dressed in different jerseys throughout the series.

"Probably," he said. "Whatever they decide to do is fine with me."


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