Hitmen sharp beating Blades

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen record book is being rewritten on a nightly basis.

A few more franchise marks fell last night as the Hitmen beat the visiting Saskatoon Blades 5-1 at the Dome.

Goaltender Martin Jones made 26 saves to pick up his league-leading 39th victory of the season. That ties Alexandre Fomitchev's club record set in 1998-99.

"I just learned about that the other day, so I was looking forward to tonight's game," said Jones, whose team equalled the franchise mark for home wins (30) and set a record for points earned on home ice (61).

"It was fun to play in that game. Everyone played so well, and it was a complete team effort."

Brett Sonne scored his 42nd goal of the season and added a pair of assists to extend his personal points streak to a career-high 15 games.

Joel Broda, Carson McMillan, Paul Postma and Kyle Bortis also scored for the Hitmen (52-7-3-1), who blew open a scoreless game with four unanswered goals in the second period.

Burke Gallimore's early third-period breakaway goal was the only blemish on Jones' otherwise spotless effort.

The Blades arrived at the Dome with the league's top road record at 25-4-1 (.850), but couldn't handle the Hitmen's relentless pressure in the middle frame.

Broda cashed in his 46th of the campaign 51 seconds into the period to start the barrage.

The turning point came 11 minutes later when Jones robbed Blades captain Derek Hulak of a sure goal. Seconds later, McMillan sprawled on the ice to deflect Bortis' pass past Saskatoon starter Braden Holtby. Postma, with his patented blast from the point, overpowered Holtby on the powerplay two minutes later before Sonne scored on a backhander with 1:58 to play in the period.

The Hitmen's magic number for clinching the Eastern Conference is now two over the Blades.

"They're a good team and they pushed us all year," said Sonne, who has 26 goals in his last 24 outings.

"It's getting to that time of the year when you're preparing for playoffs.

"We knew that coming in, so we wanted to play the best we could."

Saskatoon, one of just two teams to beat the Hitmen in regulation time at the Dome this season, and Calgary split their season series at two wins apiece.

Holtby was the busier of the two 'tenders in a scoreless opening period, making a dozen stops.

His finest was a huge glove stop off of Hitmen defenceman Keith Seabrook at the midway point. Holtby also came up with two more beauties off the sticks of Kris Foucault and Bostjan Golicic before the period ended.

After Gallimore put the Blades on the board in the final frame, Bortis rounded out the scoring with a rocket over Holtby's glove.

The final shots were 38-27 in favour of the home-side.

The Hitmen open a home-and-home set with the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow (7 p.m., Fan 960).


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