The Calgary Hitmen will play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup in the 2009 WHL Championship series after completing a sweep of the Brandon Wheat Kings with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship series on Wednesday, April 22nd.
It’s the 12th consecutive victory for the Hitmen in the 2009 WHL Playoffs, tying a WHL record for most consecutive playoff wins. The Hitmen swept the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round then swept the defending WHL Eastern Conference champion Lethbridge Hurricanes in the second round.
Keith Seabrook, Alex Plante, Bostjan Golicic and Tomas Karpov each tallied a goal and an assist in the Game 4 triumph for the Hitmen, who outshot the Wheat Kings 35-16 and scored the game’s first five goals, while Paul Postma and Brett Sonne also scored. Martin Jones made 12 saves to run his playoff record to 12-0.
Jay Fehr and Nathan Green each notched a goal and an assist while Andrew Clark and Jordan Hale also scored for the Wheat Kings, who see their 2008-09 campaign come to an end. Andrew Hayes and James Priestner combined for 29 saves in the loss.
The Hitmen will face either the Kelowna Rockets or the Vancouver Giants in the 2009 WHL Championship series.
Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4-0.
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