Feather in their Caps

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Sunday afternoon, newly named Calgary Hitmen co-captains Kyle Bortis and Carson McMillan promised to lead by example.

Last night, they put their skates where their mouths are.

McMillan and Bortis each scored a pair of goals as the Hitmen thumped the Kootenay Ice 6-2 at the 'Dome.

Brandon Kozun and Matt Mackenzie also scored for Calgary (15-4-1-0), which beat the Ice for the seventh straight time at the Saddledome.

After scoring just two goals in three straight games, Bortis said it felt good to put a half-dozen on the scorebaord.

"My line has been getting many chances," Bortis said. "It was just a matter of bearing down.

"(Sunday), I don't know if you could count on both hands how many chances we had, and we didn't get one.

"Tonight, we wanted to come out, bear down on the open nets and put them in."

Tylan Stephens and Kevin King scored for Kootenay, whose last win in the Stampede City came in a 3-2 overtime decision Jan. 16, 2007.

The two Central Division rivals hook up again Friday in Cranbrook.

Trailing 5-1, King beat Calgary starter Marty Jones off a faceoff 8:12 into the final frame. But that's as close as the visitors would get.

Mackenzie scored a shorthanded marker, banking the puck off Ice 'tender Thomas Heemskerk and in from behind the net, to round out the scoring late in the game.

Kozun, who saw a seven-game point-scoring streak come to an end Sunday afternoon against Medicine Hat, got back on the scoresheet last night.

Calgary product Erik Bonsor took a wrist-shot from the point but Ice starter Nathan Lieuwen couldn't handle the rebound and Kozun deposited his 14th of the season for a 1-0 lead.

The little sparkplug did all the legwork on the second goal as well.

Generously listed at 5-foot-8 and 156 lbs., Kozun came in hard on the forecheck and blasted Kootenay d-man Brayden McNabb to the ice behind the net.

Brett Sonne picked up the loose puck and found Bortis alone at the top of the crease.

Stephens roofed a rebound on a powerplay early in the second period to get the visitors back in it.

But the Hitmen seized the momentum back almost immediately as McMillan beat McNabb to the outside and scored his first of the night just 23 seconds later.

"As a second line, me, (Ian) Schultz and (Brendan) Rowinski, haven't put up any numbers the last couple of games," McMillan said.

"We told each other we have to put up some goals and help out the team."

Bortis scored his second of the night on the powerplay as his centring pass bounced off former Hitmen d-man Eric Frere and past Lieuwen, who was pulled after surrendering four goals on 16 shots.

The Hitmen also solved Heemskerk before the period was out as Schultz found McMillan all alone at the side of the net.

Both teams finished 1-for-4 on the powerplay.


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