Hitmen top G-Men in battle of titans

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

If the Vancouver Giants are going to finish No. 1 overall, the Calgary Hitmen are going to make them earn it.

The G-Men still control their own destiny, but there's now no room for error after last night's 4 -0 loss on home ice to the visiting Hitmen.

The Hitmen will need to win their final two games of the regular season next weekend (in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge) and hope the Giants lose one of their remaining four -- a home-and-home set with the Kamloops Blazers and home tilts against the Everett Silvertips and Prince George Cougars.

The Hitmen powerplay, which disappeared during Calgary's 5-1 loss in Kamloops Wednesday night, reignited last night and gave the Hitmen a 2-0 record against the Western Conference-leading Giants this season.

The visitors scored one goal with the man advantage in each of the first two periods and twice in the final frame in a well-earned victory.

Starter Martin Jones came up with 28 saves for the Hitmen (57-9-3-1) and posted his seventh shutout of the season to go along with his league-leading 44th win of the campaign.

Brett Sonne, with his 47th goal of the season, Bostjan Golicic, Michael Stone and Kyle Bortis lit the lamp for the Hitmen, who set another franchise record with their 320th goal of the season.

Sonne, who also had a pair of assists, scored the eventual game winner with 6:07 left in the first period.

The world junior star walked out of the corner untouched and slid a backhander past Vancouver starter Tyson Sexsmith.


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