Special evening for the Hitmen

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Special teams were just that for the Calgary Hitmen.

The Hitmen scored a pair of shorthanded goals and twice more on the powerplay to beat Brandon 5-1 at the 'Dome last night and even the Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

Hitmen winger Brodie Dupont and Derek LeBlanc each had a powerplay and shorthanded marker in their club's second lopsided win in as many nights.

"When we were in Brandon, I didn't feel our special teams weren't really up to par," Dupont said. "We didn't score one powerplay goal.

"But we figured that was going to be the difference so hopefully we can work on that and keep it going in Brandon."

The Hitmen will travel to Brandon for Game 5 tomorrow night (7 p.m., The Fan 960). Calgary hosts Game 6 Sunday at 5 p.m.

Brett Sonne also scored for the Hitmen while Codey Burki's first-period marker was the only blemish on Hitmen goaltender Dan Spence's record.

LeBlanc, a former Wheat King, said he picked up his game in the second round.

"I knew I had to come out and have a better series than I did (against Kootenay)," LeBlanc said. "I wasn't too effective in the first series.

"But I think I picked up my game and have been playing better."

The Hitmen, who outshot the visitors 33-17, carried a 3-1 lead into the third period and kept coming for more.

Sonne ripped a shot in off the post for Calgary's lone even-strength marker less than three minutes into the final stanza.

LeBlanc closed out the scoring with five minutes left, shelfing a short-side snapshot on a shorthanded 2-on-1.

Dupont drew first blood on the powerplay. D-man Dan Mercer attempted to hit Dupont with a pass in the slot but it deflected on net.

The big Calgary winger chipped the rebound over Tyler Plante for his seventh of the post-season.

The Wheat Kings managed just three shots in the period but made their second one count.

Captain Mark Derlago sent a cross-crease pass to Burki for a powerplay tap-in. The goal was Brandon's first man-advantage tally in the series after going 0-for-11 over the first three games.

Centre Ian Duval did all the legwork on Calgary's go-ahead goal midway through the second period.

Duval carried the puck into the zone and showed great patience as he cut into the slot. His shot hit LeBlanc and went into the net for the club's second powerplay goal of the game.

Dupont's shorthanded marker in the final minute of the frame was the backbreaker.

The Hitmen held a 21-11 advantage on the shot clock through 40 minutes.


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