Hitmen rout Raiders

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

One streak finally came to an end.

Many more are still alive.

Calgary Hitmen goaltender Martin Jones finally surrendered a goal -- with only 25 seconds left in the game, no less -- to snap his home shutout streak at a franchise record 242 minutes.

But Chase Schaber scored a pair of goals and Michael Stone, Tyler Fiddler, Jason MacDonald, Ian Schultz and Cody Sylvester also lit the lamp as the Hitmen chased the Prince Albert Raiders out of the 'Dome last night with a 7-1 victory.

The Hitmen (37-5-1-1) recorded their 16th straight home victory -- also a franchise record -- and their season-best 12th consecutive win overall.

Jones admitted he would have liked to seal the deal with his fourth consecutive 'Dome shutout, but said he'll get over it.

"It would have been nice," said Jones, who also had an overall shutout streak of 196:13 come to and end when Raiders centre Bryce Lamb scored.

Justin Pogge owns the franchise mark at 223:47.

"But I would have been scored on eventually," Jones said. "It's not a big deal. You can't go the rest of the season without getting scored on.

"At least it was a good goal. I didn't want to have a bad bounce or where it goes off our own guy's leg.

"I can live with it."

Lamb played the spoiler when he walked into the slot and roofed a backhander in the final minute of play.

Jones is missing half of his front tooth after teammate Rigby Burgart caught him with a shot during Tuesday's practice.

"I'm the toughest-looking goalie around," Jones said with a smile.

The Hitmen improved to 22-1-0 at the Saddledome.

Schultz gave the Hitmen a 4-0 lead on a pretty three-way passing play, putting his own rebound past Calgarian Steven Stanford, who didn't receive a lot of support throughout the game.

Sylvester jammed in his third of the campaign on a wild scramble on the powerplay as the host Hitmen finished 3-for-4 with the man-advantage on the night.

Schaber tapped in a gorgeous feed from Bostjan Golicic and then converted a give-and-go with Fiddler to round out the rout.

"It was unfortunate," Schaber said of the Raiders' late goal.

"We battled hard the whole game and tried to keep Jonesy going. But pucks go in eventually."

Stone took a pass from Brendan Rowinski and wired a wrist shot into the top corner to put the Hitmen on top at the 7:26 mark of the opening period.

The Phoenix Coyotes prospect's 11th of the season gives the Hitmen at least one powerplay goal in 21 consecutive games.

Fiddler scored against his hometown team late in the frame.

Ian Schultz bulldozed his way down the right side and found Fiddler at the far post for the rookie's second of the campaign.

Defenceman Keith Seabrook extended his career-high points streak to eight games with an assist on the play.

Jones made a couple of big stops in the middle stanza, and also got some help from his teammates.

Raiders sniper Justin Bernhardt looked particularly dangerous on one rush as he beat a Hitmen defender but was eventually steamrolled by a backchecking Carson McMillan before one of the league's deadliest snipers could get off a shot.

The Hitmen visit Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay Ice Saturday and are back at the 'Dome Sunday to face the Swift Current Broncos (5 p.m., Fan 960).

GAME OVER

LAST NIGHT AT THE SADDLEDOME

SUN'S THREE STARS

1. Chase Schaber, Hitmen -- Notched two goals and an assist.

2. Tyler Fiddler, Hitmen -- Burned hometown team with three-point night.

3. Martin Jones, Hitmen -- Just missed fourth straight shutout on home ice.

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: A+

OFFENCE: A+

DEFENCE: B

GOALTENDING: B

POWERPLAY: A+

PENALTY KILL: A+

GOAL OF THE GAME

Hitmen sophomore Chase Schaber showed some nice hands to redirect a Bostjan Golicic feed past Raiders G Steven Stanford late in the game.

SCRATCHES

Calgary -- C Brett Sonne (world juniors recovery), LW Kyle Bortis (knee), RW Ryan Fox (knee).

Prince Albert -- RW Ryan Kowalski, LW Brent Martin, C Ryan Harrison.

UP NEXT

SATURDAY: Calgary Hitmen at Kootenay Ice, 7 p.m. (fan960.com).


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