Eight more than enough

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen were frustrated for the first half of the game.

They then spent the last half taking out their frustration on Kamloops starting goaltender Jon Groenheyde.

Brandon Kozun scored a pair while Brett Sonne, Bostjan Golicic, Jason MacDonald, Carson McMillan, Austin Madaisky and Cody Sylvester also filled the net as the Hitmen destroyed the Blazers 8-1 last night at the Dome.

The home side fired 30 shots at Groenheyde before finding a crack in the armour. But the floodgates opened after that.

Hitmen defenceman Paul Postma, who extended his points streak to 14 games, chipped in with four assists and said his club was determined to stick with the gameplan.

"We knew if we kept shooting, they'd eventually come," Postma said. "And they did."

Did they ever.

The final score actually flattered the Blazers, who were outshot 59-17 and were outworked from start to finish.

The Hitmen (48-7-3-1) tied the franchise mark for the fastest team to reach the 100-point plateau (59 games).

They've already clinched the Central Division title and will likely lock up the Eastern Conference in the next two weeks. That leaves two things to play for: Personal and team records and home ice throughout the playoffs.

"We don't want to let off the gas at all here," said Postma, who was plus-six last night. "Especially going into the playoffs."

The current winning streak stands at five games and puts the team one win away from tying the franchise mark of 30 home victories.

The Hitmen also will need to garner 21 points in their remaining 13 games to establish a new high.

Groenheyde stole the show in a scoreless opening period when the Hitmen outshot the visitors 23-7.

But he could only hold the fort singlehandedly for so long. The shooting gallery continued in the middle frame as Calgary fired 20 more pucks at Groenheyde -- and found the back of the net five times.

Kozun finally opened the scoring, on his team's 30th shot of the night, as he found a loose puck in the neutral zone and scored on a breakaway.

Sonne picked up his eighth goal in the past five games when he redirected a Michael Stone wrister into the top corner 1:28 later.

Kozun picked up his second of the night at the midway point. Golicic one-timed a Stone feed from about 10 feet out for a 4-0 lead before MacDonald closed out the period with a powerplay marker.

Jimmy Bubnick broke Martin Jones' (36-3-4) shutout bid early in the third period, but the Hitmen answered with three more goals.

Calgary's next home game is Wed., Feb. 18 against the Saskatoon Blades (7 p.m., Fan 960).


Videos

Photos