Final gives pals golden chance to watch Sonne

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Brett Sonne is preparing for the biggest game of his life.

And his Calgary Hitmen teammates will finally be able to watch him play.

Sonne, who scored Team Canada's opening goal in Saturday's dramatic semifinal victory over the Russians, will go for world junior gold against Sweden tonight.

But because of a heavy WHL schedule, his junior mates have been forced to rely on highlights to keep tabs on Sonne's progress.

"Obviously, with the Hitmen, I've missed a few games," said goaltender Martin Jones. "But they showed the goal he got the other night.

"That's awesome that he's doing so well."

Winger Brandon Kozun, who usually plays on Sonne's line, said he'll wait until after tonight's tilt before he touches base with his friend.

"I've tried to watch to see how he's doing," Kozun said.

"But I don't want to call him or bother him and get him off his focus.

"He got a big goal (against Russia), and everyone here is proud of him."

Captain Carson McMillan said Sonne, a St. Louis Blues prospect, should be a force when he re-joins the Hitmen in the next two weeks.

"I had a couple of opportunities to watch a bit of his hockey," McMillan said. "But usually when he's playing, we're at the rink.

"But seeing him score some goals is pretty special for him, but it's also great for us.

"St. Louis has to love how he's playing, and he's going to come back with a bunch confidence."

There's no question who the Hitmen will be cheering for tonight, but neither McMillan nor Kozun was prepared to offer a prediction.

"I'm not going to jinx anything, so I'm going to keep my mouth shut for now," McMillan said.

Jones, league-leading goalie numbers suggest he should have at least been considered for the world junior squad, wasn't as tight-lipped.

"Canada's gotta win."


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