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Dupont pots pair

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

The Detroit Tigers could have used Mr. October.

The Calgary Hitmen found one of their own.

Brodie Dupont scored a pair of goals to extend his points streak to nine straight games this month as the Hitmen blanked the visiting Regina Pats 3-0 last night at the 'Dome.

Dupont said he was keeping a close eye on the Fall Classic. He rushed into the dressing room after taking a curtain call as the game's first star to catch the tail end of the ball game.

"I'm watching it right now. I'm hoping for the Tigers but it's not looking too good right now," Dupont said as Detroit came to bat in the ninth inning of a 4-2 World Series-clinching loss to St. Louis.

Not to worry. Dupont's a New York Yankees fan anyway. What do you expect from a New York Rangers prospect.

The St. Lazare, Man., product scored the eventual game-winner 20 seconds after the opening faceoff to give goaltender Dan Spence all the support he would need.

Spence kicked out all 35 shots for his second shutout of the season.

He needs only nine more goose eggs to tie Justin Pogge's franchise record set last year.

"I'm working on it," the 18-year-old 'stopper said.

"It was nice to start the game with a lead. We came out strong and got a couple of goals."

Alex Plante also scored for the Hitmen (8-6-0-1), who received three assists from Riley Merkley.

Calgary killed off all six Pats powerplays and converted on one of three man-advantage situations.

Dupont got the Hitmen started on the first shift, burying a spin-around wrister from the slot.

Pats rookie rearguard Colten Teubert tried to reverse the puck behind his own net but put it right on Merkley's tape.

The veteran forward, who was recently promoted to the top line, sent it out front to Dupont, who beat Linden Rowat high to the glove side.

Plante made it a 3-0 game late in the second period when he walked in off the line and sent a shot off the post and in during a Calgary powerplay.

Dupont said he wasn't aware of his streak, which is tied for the second-longest in the league this season.

"I haven't really been keeping track but it feels like I've been playing well," Dupont said. "I'm more concerned about the team winning games and things seem to be clicking for me."

HIT PARADE:

The three stars were Calgary LW Brodie Dupont, G Dan Spence and RW Riley Merkley ... The Hitmen are back at the 'Dome tomorrow to face the Swift Current Broncos (5 p.m.).


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