Hitmen mates race for 50

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Joel Broda and Brett Sonne are in a race to see who scores 50 goals first.

The Calgary Hitmen teammates both looked like they wanted to get it done last night.

Broda and Sonne each scored twice and added an assist as the Hitmen doubled up the Regina Pats 6-3 at the Dome.

"(Sonne) keeps scoring and I picked it up lately," Broda said after notching his 49th of the campaign.

"It's good to have that little bit of competition there, and we're both rooting for each other.

"It's definitely motivating."

Sonne goes into Saturday's home finale against the Kelowna Rockets with 46 tallies.

Carson McMillan and Kris Foucault also scored last night as the Hitmen (55-7-3-1) equalled a season-high with their 12th straight victory.

Mitch Czibere, Alex Pym and Victor Bartley replied for the Pats (25-33-1-5), who dropped five points behind Edmonton and Prince Albert in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

With 114 points through 66 games, the Hitmen are on pace for a franchise-record 124-point campaign. The 1999-00 squad holds the franchise record with 120 points.

The Hitmen will need to make a clean sweep of their final six games (including five on the road) to set a new WHL/CHL record. The 1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings own both all-time marks with 125 points.

"We're looking at the last six and we think we can win every game," Broda said. "We're shooting high.

"We wrapped up the East (Conference) and now we want to go for it all."

Hitmen winger Brandon Kozun's 100th career assist extended his points streak to 16 straight games while goaltender Martin Jones made a dozen stops for his league-leading 42nd win.

Calgary outshot the visitors 50-15.

The Pats jumped on a couple of lucky breaks to jump out to an early lead.

Hitmen rookie d-man Austin Madaisky blew a tire that led to Czibere's 2-on-1 goal just 1:28 in.

After McMillan tied things up, Pym had his shot go off Madaisky's skate past Jones.

But the Hitmen responded with three goals before the period was out.

Sonne buried a Paul Postma rebound before Broda finished off a nice three-way passing play on the powerplay. Foucault roofed a shot from close range to give the home side a 4-2 lead.

Bartley's powerplay marker made it a one-goal game at 7:35 of the middle frame, but Broda, with his 49th of the season, and Sonne, with his 46th, gave the Hitmen a three-goal cushion after 40 minutes.


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