Rocky horror show for Wheat Kings

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

You know what happens on Friday the 13th, don't you?

The masked man wreaks havoc, leaves a trail of devastation in his wake, and, despite absorbing some punishment, heads home feeling pretty good about himself.

Calgary's masked men are hoping that Hollywood script plays out tonight in Brandon (Game 6, 6:30 p.m., The Fan 960).

The horror show began Tuesday for the Wheat Kings, when they were humilated 8-1 at the Saddledome.

The Hitmen continued the onslaught Wednesday with a lopsided 5-1 victory.

And, all of a sudden, it's anyone's series heading back to the Keystone Centre.

The Hitmen have all of the momentum.

But the Wheat Kings still have home-ice advantage. And that has meant everything this series.

Calgary winger Brodie Dupont, the best player on either team over the first four games, said the Keystone Centre -- where the Wheaties have reeled off 14 straight wins -- is a tough place for a visiting team.

"To win the series, we have to win one in their rink," Dupont said. "We have to go in there, put the work boots on and grease one out.

"It's going to be a tight-checking game. They play real well in their rink.

"If we're going there expecting just to throw on the skates and steal one, we'll be in for a long ride."

The Hitmen have endured that long ride home from Brandon -- an 11-hour trip that seems like it's a week long after a loss.

They had all that time to think about what went wrong after losing Games 1 and 2 and, in 2005, their season came to an end after dropping Game 7 in Manitoba.

But the mood could be a lot lighter this time. Especially if the special teams battle continues to unfold as it has over the first four games.

Calgary has gone 5-for-22 (22.7%) on the powerplay in the series.

Brandon has just one goal in 17 opportunities (5.9%), and has surrendered three shorthanded markers.

Brandon GM/head coach Kelly McCrimmon shrugged his shoulders when asked what the Hitmen are doing against his powerplay unit, which was ranked second in the league during the regular season.

"You'd have to ask them," he said.

"We haven't had success on our powerplay.

"In Brandon, I thought we were OK. We only had six powerplays.

"In Calgary, we had more opportunities at critical times and not only haven't capitalized, we gave up three shorthanded goals."

If that trend continues, the masked men could put the Wheat Kings on life support.


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