Hitmen secure league championship

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen are WHL regular-season champions.

Now the real work begins.

The Hitmen beat the Tigers 4-1 in Medicine Hat last night to secure the franchise's third Scotty Munro Trophy.

But head coach Dave Lowry said his team won't take more than a few minutes to reflect on their accomplishment.

Not with the playoffs set to kick off at the Dome Thursday night.

"It's a huge compliment to our group and the commitment they've shown all year," said Lowry, whose squad received goals from Alex Plante, Joel Broad, Carson McMillan and Chase Schaber last night.

"But we have to win now. Our philosophy is not going to change.

"It's nice to know that we have home ice. But with that comes the pressure of having to win hockey games."

With a win in Lethbridge tonight, the Hitmen (58-9-3-1) can set a franchise record with a 120-point campaign.

Calgary, which boasts a league-best 32-3-1 home record, will host either Edmonton or Prince Albert in the opening round of the WHL playoffs.


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