Hosts chew up Wheaties

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Kris Foucault was starting to get a bad repuation with his linemates.

His stat line through two rounds of the playoffs read seven goals, zero assists.

"(Centre Brett) Sonne told me before the game 'pass me the puck and I'll show you what I can do with it,' " Foucault said with a laugh.

"So, I got my first assist. Hopefully, there's many to come."

Foucault scored once and assisted on both of linemate Kyle Bortis' goals as the Hitmen ran the Brandon Wheat Kings out of the Saddledome with a 9-3 beatdown.

Defencemen Alex Plante, Paul Postma and Keith Seabrook scored once each as did forwards Tyler Fiddler, Bostjan Golicic and Joel Broda as the Hitmen took the opening game of the Eastern Conference final in convincing fashion.

Andrew Clark, Nathan Green and Brayden Schenn replied for the visitors, who found themselves down 7-0 in the second period.

The three goals was the most Hitmen starter Martin Jones has allowed in the post-season. Bortis wasn't overly excited with the lopsided score. He's done his homework.

"A couple of years back (in 2005), it was 10-1 Hitmen in Game 1," Bortis said. "And (Calgary) lost in seven games.

"If you look at that history, it's something we have to take to heart."

The Hitmen blew the game wide open with six straight goals in the second period.

Bortis took a great pass from Foucault on a Hitmen powerplay to make it two-zip.

The turning point came two minutes later.

The puck got behind Jones and the Wheat Kings buzzed the crease without success. Calgary winger Brandon Kozun got ahold of it, headed up ice on an odd-man rush and Golicic beat Brandon starter Andrew Hayes.

Foucault chipped in a backhander on another powerplay two minutes later before Bortis jammed in his second of the night 1:43 after that to send Hayes to the showers.

The goaltending change did little to stop the onslaught as Wheat Kings backup James Priestner didn't fare any better.

Michael Stone's wrister bounced off Fiddler and found the twine three minutes into Pristner's night.

Postma roofed a shot from in tight two minutes after that to give the home side a 7-0 cushion.

The Brandon powerplay -- ranked No. 1 in the league during the playoffs -- finally got the visitors on the board when Clark found room over Jones' blocker.

The Wheat Kings couldn't buy a break as Jay Fehr slid a backhand through Jones' pads, but the buzzer ended the period before the puck crossed the line.

Green scored just 31 seconds into the final frame before Schenn made it 7-3 at the 1:34 mark.

Broda and Seabrook, on a late powerplay, rounded out the scoring.

Coming off lengthy breaks after second-round sweeps, neither club looked sharp in the opening period.

Game 2 goes tomorrow afternoon (2 p.m. at the Dome, Fan 960).


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