Tricky Sonne gets it done

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Must be these tough economic times.

Brett Sonne's hat-trick goal brought a grand total of two hats onto the Saddledome Ice.

But the Team Canada world junior star was just happy to see any after his Calgary Hitmen thumped the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings 7-1 at the Saddledome.

"That was pretty nice of them to do that," Sonne said of the lacklustre salute.

"Some of those goals were pretty fortunate. I was just at the right place and threw pucks at the net."

Two of Sonne's three goals bounced in off of Edmonton goaltenders.

With bank shots like that, you'd have to think he's a pretty good pool player.

"I don't know if I'd play for money, but I'd give guys a go, I guess," said the St. Louis Blues prospect, who has 29 goals on the season.

Tomas Karpov, Cody Sylvester, Kris Foucault and Bostjan Golicic also scored while defencemen Michael Stone, Paul Postma and Keith Seabrook chipped in with three assists apiece for the Hitmen.

Oil Kings centre Brent Raedeke was the only visitor to spoil what was an otherwise perfect night for Calgary goaltender Martin Jones, who won his 16th straight home start.

The Chilliwack Bruins didn't do the Oil Kings any favours.

After being crushed 8-1 in Edmonton Saturday night, the Bruins came into Calgary and stunned the Hitmen with a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon.

The Hitmen responded with a motivated effort last night.

"We blew them out of the water, I guess you could say," Raedeke said of the Bruins.

"I guess their coach got a little (ticked) off at them and then they beat Calgary.

"We expected Calgary to come out strong and obviously they did.

"If you give a team like that chances and you turn the puck over, they're going to put it in your net. That proved to be true tonight."

The Hitmen showed a lot more jump coming out of the gate last night than they did in Sunday's loss to the Bruins.

Sonne broke in on a shorthanded 2-on-1 and rang a shot off the crossbar seven minutes in.

Karpov gave the home side a 1-0 lead when he gobbled up a Golicic rebound, moved to the backhand and slid his sixth of the season into the back of the net.

Kyle Bortis nearly made in two-zip on the powerplay. He had virtually the whole net to shoot at and rifled a shot for the top of the net that hit something and stayed out.

Calgary broke the game open in the middle frame with three unanswered goals.

Sylvester, a rookie, and Foucault, with his first career WHL goal, scored on near-identical deflections.

Sonne sent Oil Kings starter Torrie Jung to the bench with a shorthanded marker late in the period.

His original shot was blocked but the world junior star retrieved the puck behind the net and banked it off Jung and in. Calgary product Cam Lanigan took over between the Edmonton pipes.

Sonne banked in his second just over a minute into the third period.

After Raedeke ruined the shutout with a perfectly placed slapshot past Jones' blocker, Sonne rounded out the trick when he shoveled home a backhander past Lanigan.

Golicic rounded out the scoring with Calgary's second powerplay goal at the midway point of the period.


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