Hitmen big guns silenced by Blazers

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen's hopes of capturing the WHL regular-season crown took a major hit last night.

The Hitmen fell 5-1 in Kamloops while the host Vancouver Giants beat the Tri-City Americans 6-2.

Calgary now needs to win its remaining three games -- including tomorrow night in Vancouver (8:30 p.m., Shaw TV) -- and hope the Giants lose at least one of their other five games left on the schedule.

Joel Broda, with his 51st goal of the season, provided all of the offence for the visitors.

Scott Wasden potted a pair while Kenton Dulle scored once and added two helpers to pace the Blazers.

Jimmy Bubnick and C.J. Stretch rounded out the scoring for Kamloops (31-30-2-4).

Hitmen goaltender Martin Jones, who made 21 stops in his seventh straight start, was unable to add to his league-leading 43 wins.

Calgary's No. 1-ranked powerplay was the major culprit last night at the Interior Savings Centre, going 0-for-8.

The game ended with a bit of a melee as Blazers right-winger Cole Grbavac jumped Hitmen d-man Alex Plante and started throwing punches.

Earlier in the third period, Kamloops winger Tyler Shattock delivered a flying elbow to the head of Hitmen centre Jason MacDonald.

By running the table (with wins in Vancouver, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge), the Hitmen would set a record for the best season in franchise history (122 points). The 1999-2000 team had 120 points.


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