Stone still in series

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 6:09 AM ET

Derian Hatcher is no longer the most hated man in the building. The Saddledome faithful have a new whipping boy -- and it's one of their own.

Calgarian Ryan Stone officially became Public Enemy No. 1 Tuesday night when he knocked Hitmen blueliner Brett Carson out of the series with a huge open-ice hit.

Carson, who suffered his second concussion of the year, is expected to be out two weeks.

WHL disciplinarian Richard Doerksen was asked to look at three incidents -- two concerning the Wheat Kings, including Stone's hit, and one with the Hitmen.

"I've dealt with all three and there will be no suspensions issued," Doerksen told a Brandon newspaper.

Stone, who was booed every time he touched the puck last night, maintained his hit was legal.

"I felt that I hit him with my shoulder," Stone said prior to Game 4 last night.

"On the replay, it looked like he fell and hit his head on the ice. I thought it was clean."

Carson, who didn't see the hit coming, said he hasn't watched the replay.

"I don't really remember what happened," Carson said. "I just remember waking up, lying on the ice. I wasn't out cold but my mind went blank for a while. It was kind of scary."

The Carolina Hurricanes product said he was still feeling the effects of the hit yesterday morning.

"I woke up this morning and my neck was pretty stiff," Carson said.

"I was kind of groggy and had a headache."

If he's cleared by doctors, Carson might return by the middle of the next round, should the Hitmen eliminate Brandon.


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