Ouch. Was really hoping to wake up to good news this morning about the WHL Championship, but alas the Hitmen showed up strong last night to win 6-2. Game 5 goes tonight. Fun note in the report: the teams are actually going to be sharing a flight back to Calgary for tonight's game, with the media acting as a buffer between them.

From castanet.net:

Hitmen live to see game five
by Wayne Moore - Story: 46792
May 6, 2009 / 10:30 pm



Ryan Huska said it wouldn't be easy to close out the Calgary Hitmen.

The Hitmen proved him right in spades.

Calgary scored five unanswered goals in a 6-2 shellacking of the Rockets, extending the best-of-seven Western Hockey League final to a fifth game Thursday night in Cowtown.

The Rockets still lead the series three games to one, but momentum is definitely on Calgary's side, especially with game five less than 24 hours later.

"Playoffs are all about momentum. Today, we found a way to gain some momentum and for us it's a positive that we get to get right back at it tomorrow (Thursday)," says Hitmen coach, Dave Lowry.

The game came down to the Rocket's inability to score with the man advantage, especially a lengthy five-on-three midway through the middle frame.

Leading 2-1 and holding a wide edge in play, the Rockets were handed a 52 second five-on-three advantage.

Less than a minute after the second penalty expired, Bostjan Golicic tipped home a pretty feed from Brandon Kozun, who had worked the puck behind the net, tying the game at 2-2.

The Hitmen took over from there.

"That was an absolute critical play at a critical time of the game and our guys really did a good job of getting in lanes, making themselves big and blocking shots," added Lowry.

Rockets coach Ryan Huska agreed with Lowry's assessment.

"The turning point was the five-on-three. If you're looking at the game tonight it was our inability to score on that five on-three," says Huska.