Hitmen win WHL title

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen are going to the Memorial Cup.

The Hitmen beat the Tri-City Americans 4-1 Friday night in Game 5 of the WHL Championship to win the series 4-1.

Michael Stone scored a pair of goals, including the winner, while Misha Fisenko and Tyler Fiddler also scored for the Hitmen, who won the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the second time in franchise history.

Adam Hughesman was the lone visitor to dent Hitmen goalie Martin Jones' armour.

Jones made 32 stops in another fantastic post-season effort.

The Hitmen took to the ice for the third period with a 4-1 lead, and with a playoff-high crowd of 15,335 cheering them on, they didnt let up.

The Americans had one last chance to get back in the game when they were handed a two-man advantage for 1:39 early in the period.

But the Hitmen killed off both penalties, received a huge ovation from the crowd, and it was smooth sailing from there.

They even killed off another shorthanded situation, leaving the Americans 2-for-27 in the series.

The jubilant crowd stood for the final two minutes and roared their approval as the Hitmen took it home.

The only drawback for the Hitmen was the loss of leading scorer Brandon Kozun.

Kozun slid feet first into the boards early in the second period, got up favouring his ankle and went to the dressing room. He did not return.

Still dressed in full equipment, he did return for the on-ice celebration as the fireworks boomed.

The team that has scored the games first goal won each of the first four games of the series, and the Hitmen thought they had struck first two minutes in.

But the ref blew the whistle just before Bubnick slid a loose puck into the net.

The Americans ended up drawing first blood two minutes later.

Jones had a puck pinned against the post with his skate, but Hughesman jammed it home five minutes in.

Fisenko answered a minute later on a beautiful coast-to-coast rush. The Russian import finished it off by going top shelf over Pechurskiys glove for a powerplay goal.

The Hitmen took full control in the middle frame, scoring on three of their eight shots.

Pechurskiy will have to watch the replays to get his first look at either of Stones lasers.

The big blueliner stepped into a puck that came off the boards and blew a bomb over Pechurskiys blocker.

Three minutes later, Stone unleashed another cannon, this time on the powerplay, and blew the water bottle off the net, hitting nearly the exact same spot.

If the game wasnt over at that point, it was four minutes later when Americans top scorer Brendan Shinnimin turned the puck over in his own slot.

Fiddler picked it up, skated in alone, made a deke to the backhand and roofed his sixth of the post-season.

The Americans held a 22-19 advantage on the shot clock through 40 minutes, but Jones stood tall to preserve the lead.


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