Momentum finally swings Hitmen's way

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

KELOWNA -- It was only the first step.

But if felt like a giant leap.

The Calgary Hitmen still trail the WHL Championship 3-1, but they're on the board.

And after last night's convincing 6-2 win in Kelowna, the Hitmen have momentum for the first time in the series.

Hitmen bench boss Dave Lowry said the quick turn-around -- Game 5 is back at the Saddledome tonight (7 p.m., Shaw TV, Fan 960) -- favours his team.

"The playoffs are all about momentum," Lowry said.

"Tonight, we found a way to gain some momentum.

"For us, it's a positive we get to get right back at it tomorrow."

There were a couple of reasons why the Hitmen believed they could crawl back in the series going into last night.

Their top scorers couldn't continue to come up empty, they said.

They were right. Brett Sonne, Brandon Kozun, Kyle Bortis and Joel Broda combined to score nine points last night.

And the powerplay -- 0-for-10 in the three losses -- would catch fire at some point, right?

Yup. A trio of powerplay goals were the key last night.

The Hitmen also earned full marks on the penalty kill.

The Hitmen killed off a big two-man disadvantage in the middle period to turn the game around.

"It was an absolutely critical play at a critical time," Lowry said.

"When you get a huge kill like that, you're able to gain some momentum right after.

"That was a big lift."

And there was that little bit of extra motivation.

A win meant a chartered flight back to Calgary to prepare for tonight's tilt.

A loss would have resulted in a loooong seven-hour bus trip home.

"It's a lot nicer," Sonne said with a smile.


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