Old-fashioned whippin'

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

It was like an all-day breakfast buffet -- with one item on the menu.

The Calgary Hitmen apparently ate their Wheaties yesterday morning. And then spent all night feasting on them as well.

Ryan White scored a pair for the Hitmen while Carson McMillan, Brodie Dupont, Karl Alzner, Brett Sonne, Dylan Yeo and Alex Plante also lit the lamp as the Hitmen ran the Brandon Wheat Kings out of the rink with an 8-1 thumping last night at the 'Dome.

The Wheat Kings still lead the WHL Eastern Conference semifinal 2-1 heading into tonight's Game 4 at the 'Dome (7 p.m.).

TheHitmen trailed 1-0 after the first period but completely dominated the final 40 minutes, scoring eight unanswered goals and outshooting the visitors 26-5.

Calgary GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said the blowout victory wasn't indicative of the kind of team Brandon has.

"A lot of times, you can't stop the snowball from going downhill," Kisio said. "It's happened to everybody. Once you get on a roll like that, they let down a little bit and we get excited."

Heading into the third period with a 3-1 lead, the Hitmen exploded for four goals over a five-minute span to blow the game wide open.

Yeo's goal, Calgary's sixth of the evening, chased Brandon starter Tyler Plante.

Andrew Clark was the lone Wheat Kings player to beat Hitmen starter Dan Spence, who made 16 saves.

White, who finished with four points, said his club played with a sense of desperation over the final two periods.

"We knew it was a must-win here tonight," White said. "We couldn't afford to go down three games to nothing.

"We didn't play very well in Brandon, so we had belief in our room. Teams go down 2-0, we've had teams down 2-0 and had them come back.

"Our plan was to get better every period and we did. We have to carry that into (tonight's game)."

The Hitmen connected on three of seven powerplays and killed off all five shorthanded situations. Brandon is now 0-for-11 in the series on the PP.

The teams appeared headed for the dressing rooms locked in a scoreless draw after the first period. But Calgary's fourth line was hemmed in its own zone in the final minute as the visitors cycled the puck relentlessly.

Eventually, d-man Theran Yeo took a shot from the high slot that Clark redirected out of mid-air and past Spence.

The Hitmen special teams took over early in the middle frame, producing three goals in span of 2:25.

McMillan scored a highlight-reel shorthanded marker to begin the assault, skating around Theran Yeo before sliding the puck five hole as he was falling to the ice.

The powerplay finally made an appearance just over a minute later as Dupont beat Tyler Plante with a wrist shot from the left circle.

Dupont's marker, his sixth of the post-season, was the first powerplay goal by either team in the series.


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