Hitmen depth a killer

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

It's testament to the depth of the Calgary Hitmen.

NHL draft-eligible right-winger Brandon Kozun led the offensive powerhouse in scoring this season with 108 points in 72 games, but neither he, nor anyone in the lineup has to carry the load.

Kozun had a goal and two assists in Game 3 on Monday, but wasn't on the Game 2 scoresheet Sunday, although that list was limited by the 54-save performance by the Oil Kings' Torrie Jung.

"We definitely have a lot of depth on this team - one reason we've done so well (this season)," Kozun said yesterday before Game 4. "We don't just come at you with one line, we come at you with all four, come at you in waves. So it's tough for teams to match certain guys, because everyone on our team can contribute."

A perfect example is the fact captain Carson McMillan's only goal in the series was the overtime winner in Game 2.

"I think it relieves a little bit of pressure (on everybody)," said the Calgary-born Kozun, who scored again last night.

"It helps because you know the guy next to you will probably be able to do the same job you could with the same opportunity."

The outside consensus at the beginning of the season was that the Hitmen would be great, but not many expected them to be a powerhouse.

"We lost a few real good players and a lot of people thought we were going to be rebuilding," said Kozun. "But I think the people in the dressing room knew we had the tools to be this kind of team.

"I don't know if we expected to be where we are now, but a lot of guys stepped up, a lot of guys did things people didn't expect they could do. That's a credit to this team the way we've come together the way we've built this kind of team. You've got to credit the coaching staff for making us what we have been."


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