Record flawless as runaway train keeps rolling

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

'This ain't no bandwagon ... it's the Hitmen playoff train.'

That's the Calgary Hitmen's post-season slogan.

And the Brandon Wheat Kings got a look at the run-away locomotive before getting flattened last night as the Hitmen won their ninth straight playoff tilt.

The Hitmen erupted for six consecutive goals in a span of 10:47 in the second period to blow away the Wheaties 9-3 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Hitmen winger Kyle Bortis, who led the way with a pair of markers, said his team took full advantage of their momentum in the middle frame.

"I don't know if they were tired or what," Bortis said.

"But, playing in our home building, we want it to be a tough place to play.

"We played our style of game in the second period."

Winger Kris Foucault scored his team-leading eighth of the season and set up Bortis for a 5-0 lead, chasing Brandon starter Andrew Hayes.

"Once we got a couple of pucks past Hayes, the momentum just kept going," Foucault said.

"We love to score. We're a team that scores a lot of goals."

The Wheat Kings were averaging a league-high 5.62 goals per game coming into the series, and looked as though they might be willing to run-and-gun with the Hitmen.

But it was Calgary's sharpshooters who stole the show.

"With the firepower we have up front -- (Joel) Broda, (Brett) Sonne, Bortis, (Brandon) Kozun -- I don't know of any team that would want to get into a shootout with us," Foucault said.

"Yes, they have some great players.

"But we have a lot of players who can put the puck in the net."

It wasn't all rainbows and lollipops after last night's win.

The Wheaties did score three straight goals at the end of the second period and early in the third to make it a 7-3 game at one point.

If the game hadn't already been decided, that poor stretch might have proved costly.

"We can't have letdowns like that," Bortis said.

"Those guys are very good hockey players over there and we had better respect the talent they have."


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