Ahead by a century

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Brandon Kozun could teach a class on putting the puck in the net.

Perhaps it could be called Scoring 101.

The Calgary Hitmen winger had a goal and three assists last night to run his season points total to 101 (38-63), becoming the first Hitmen player to crack the 100-point barrier since Jordan Krestanovich in 2000-01.

Brett Sonne scored twice to extend his career-high points streak to 16 games while Michael Stone, Bostjan Golicic, Keith Seabrook and Joel Broda also lit the lamp as the Hitmen blew the Red Deer Rebels out of the Dome with a 7-2 victory.

Kozun, who led the WHL in scoring prior to the Vancouver Giants' late game last night, said he's surpassed the expectations of most people.

"Coming into the season, I had expectations for myself," said Kozun, who became the fourth Hitmen player in club history to reach the century mark. "But I think if you asked, I don't think anyone would have said that I'd do this well.

"It's definitely a big honour. But when you play on a team like this -- I'm not going to say it's easy, but it's definitely easier."

The Hitmen won their 10th straight -- the third time this season the club has fashioned a double-digit winning streak -- and set a franchise record with their 31st victory on home ice.

With wins in their final two remaining home tilts (against Regina and Kelowna), they would tie the league record with 33 home wins.

With a 6-2 lead early in the third period, Kozun muscled his way to the net and scored his 38th goal of the season.

The reigning WHL player of the week, who absorbed a big hit from Red Deer's Brennan Wray earlier, has managed to dominate despite his 5-foot-8, 156-lb. stature.

"I do deal with a lot of stuff every game," said Kozun, who is riding a 14-game points streak.

"But a lot of other guys deal with it, too, so it's just part of the game."

Colin Archer and Luke Egener, the younger brother of former Hitmen enforcer Mike, replied for the Rebels (19-33-1-8).

The Hitmen (53-7-3-1) are 5-0 against the Rebels this season.

The two Central Division rivals will complete the home-and-home set tonight in Red Deer (7:30 p.m., fan960.com).

The Rebels took five straight penalties in the opening period and paid a steep price for their undisciplined play as the Hitmen's league-leading powerplay struck for a trio of markers.

Sonne, Stone and Seabrook all scored with the man advantage and Hitmen starter Martin Jones kept the Rebels off the board by stopping Landon Ferraro on a penalty shot. Golicic converted a perfect feed from Brandon Kozun just 19 seconds after Seabrook's goal and Rebels starter Darcy Kuemper got the temporary hook.

But the goaltending change did little to buoy the visitors as Sonne buried his 44th of the season 36 seconds later on the first shot reliever Cam Gorchynski faced.

That set a record for the fastest three goals in franchise history (55 seconds).

Jones also established a new single-season high for wins among Hitmen goaltenders with his 40th victory, breaking Alexandre Fomitchev's mark set in 1998-99.

The Rebels scored twice in a 1:50 span early in the second period, but Broda potted his 47th of the campaign to make it 6-2 at the end of 40 minutes.


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