Wheaties knock out Hitmen

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 AM ET

BRANDON — The law of averages had to catch up at some point.

But it happened at the worst possible time for the Calgary Hitmen.

The Hitmen had won five straight games — and 13 of the last 14 post-season clashes — against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

But none of that past success meant a thing to the Hitmen Friday night after they were knocked out of the Memorial Cup with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Wheaties.

The Wheat Kings move on to face the Windsor Spitfires in Sunday’s final.

The Hitmen season came to an end after Game No. 101.

All they wanted was a chance to play in No. 102.

Not after Jay Fehr’s shot found the back of the net 3:16 into overtime to break the hearts of the Hitmen.

Alexander Urbom, Matt Calvert, Travis Hamonic and Colby Robak also lit the lamp for the Wheat Kings.

Joel Broda, Ian Schultz, Tyler Fiddler and Misha Fisenko scored for the Hitmen in regulation time.

Fehr took a drop pass from Toni Rajala and sniped his third of the Memorial Cup to send Westman Place into delerium.

Brandon outshot Calgary 48-29 and were full marks for the victory.

The two WHL rivals headed into the third period tied at three with their seasons on the line.

The Wheat Kings got their first lead of the game just three seconds after beginning their fourth powerplay of the night.

Robak wired a one-timer past the outstretched leg of Martin Jones and the crowd went ballistic.

The Wheat Kings continued to pour it on and victory seemed certain until Fisenko buried a rebound off the end glass with 5:12 to play.

The play was evenly divided in the opening frame.

But the Hitmen took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room thanks to a pair of goals nine seconds apart and some spectacular goaltending from Jones.

Brandon Kozun, showing no ill effects of the ankle injury that kept him off skates for the better part of two weeks, sent a cross-ice pass to Broda.

DeSerres made a great stop on Broda, but the Hitmen overager stuffed home his own rebound.

Off the centre-ice faceoff, the Hitmen immediately broke into the zone. Schultz took a pass from Fiddler and put it into the top corner to completely silence the rink.

Meanwhile, Jones continued his mastery of the Wheat Kings.

Brayden Schenn broke in on a shorthanded 2-on-1 and slid a cross-crease pass to Calvert. But Jones robbed him of a sure goal with his right toe.

A few minutes later, Schenn came out from behind the net, showed great patience as he went along the top of the crease, but couldn’t beat Jones’ left toe.

Urbom put the Wheaties on the board early in the middle frame, pinching in and launching a perfect shot over Jones’ shoulder.

Fiddler put the Hitmen back up by two with a shorthanded marker. Tyler Shattock cleared the zone, Fiddler took the puck at the far line and beat DeSerres with a slapshot to the stick side.

Unfortunately for Fiddler, he jumped into the boards to celebrate the goal and had his skate blade fall off his boot. He was forced to go to the room for repairs.

The Wheat Kings, who outshot the Hitmen 21-5 in the period, continuously swarmed the net and were rewarded with a pair of goals.

Calvert put a wrister into the top corner just past the midway point before Hamonic tied it up with 10.6 seconds on the clock with a powerplay blast that made it past a screened Jones.

The yellow towel-waving Wheaties fans sent their team to the room with a thunderous ovation.

The shots were 34-14 for Brandon after two periods.


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