Sniper Hits on all cylinders

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

On a team full of snipers, Brandon Kozun is the hottest gunslinger of them all.

The Calgary Hitmen right-winger was named WHL Player of the Week yesterday for the second time this season.

The Calgary product, who also won the award in mid-December, racked up five goals and 11 points to help the Hitmen to a perfect 4-0 week.

"Any time you're chosen as the player of the week, it's a pretty big honour," said Kozun, who was a plus-9 over the four tilts.

"There's a lot of good players in the league.

"Luckily, this week, I got a few nice bounces and it kind of worked out for me."

Kozun's modesty is endearing but unnecessary.

The offensive dynamo slipped through last summer's NHL Entry Draft because of his 5-foot-8, 156-lb. stature.

That won't happen again this summer. Kozun, who will turn 19 in a couple of weeks, has 37 goals, and his 96 points are just three behind league leader Casey Pierro-Zabotel of the Vancouver Giants.

He's put up 26 points during his current 12-game point-streak, and he's done it with a number of different linemates.

"I've definitely played with a lot of guys lately," Kozun said. "It shows how deep our team really is, because anyone can play with anyone and still produce. It's a big thing for me to be able to play with every guy on our team and be able to contribute."

With a win tonight over the visiting Saskatoon Blades (7 p.m., Fan 960, Ch. 27), the Hitmen would set a franchise mark for the most points earned on home ice in a single season.

Currently, they have 59 points, and the record is 60.

But it won't be easy. The Blades boast the best road record in the WHL at 24-4-1 (.845).

"We went out and went 3-0 (during last weekend's road trip), but we have to make sure we come out ready (tonight)," said Kozun, whose team sports an overall 51-7-3-1 mark this WHL season. "They've got a pretty good road record, and they gave us trouble the first time we played them. But I don't think we've played our best hockey against them yet. I think they've got something coming (tonight)."

The Blades are one of just two teams to beat the Hitmen at home in regulation time this season. They skated away from the Dome with a 3-1 victory Oct. 12.

"We have to make sure we come out with our 'A' game (tonight)," Kozun said.\


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