Hitmen 'tender tames Broncs

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen haven't needed their goaltender to steal many games this season.

But it's nice to know Marty Jones is up to the challenge.

The Hitmen needed Jones' heroics yesterday to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Broncos during an afternoon matinee in Swift Current.

Head coach Dave Lowry said his 'tender was the difference.

"That's what our expectations are," Lowry said. "We expect him to be good every night."

Jones made 23 saves and was named the game's first star.

"We're playing in some really tough buildings and we're going to see the other team's best," Lowry said.

"When we turned over pucks and made mistakes today, (Jones) made some big saves for us."

Brett Sonne and Carson McMillan scored second-period goals as Calgary improved to 18-4-1-0, tops in the WHL.

Geordie Wudrick's powerplay marker with 10 seconds to go in the opening frame was the only puck to elude Jones (12-2-2).

The Hitmen started their four-game road trip on the right foot, but it won't get any easier.

They'll take on the East Division leading Regina Pats tonight (6 p.m., The Fan 960), before visiting Brandon Friday and Moose Jaw Saturday.

"(Tonight), we face a team that scores a lot of goals and plays well in their building," Lowry said. "We can enjoy this one for a little bit, but we have to make sure we're a good hockey game again (tonight)."

The Hitmen are back home Friday, Nov. 21 against the Prince Albert Raiders.

SEXSMITH EARNS NATIONAL NOD

Vancouver Giants puck-stopper Tyson Sexsmith, a product of Priddis, was named the CHL's goalie of the week yesterday.

With a 5-0 victory over the Prince George Cougars last Friday, Sexsmith broke the WHL record for career shutouts, with 22.


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