Hitmen Blank Wheat Kings to Even Series

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Calgary, AB (ISN) — The Calgary Hitmen have evened up their best of seven Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Brandon Wheat Kings after earning a 4-0 win Friday.

Trevor Cheek scored three times and veteran Brandon Glover made 20 saves as the Hitmen blanked the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome Friday night. Glover, who was 3-0-0 in three appearances against the Wheat Kings during the regular season, got the starting assignment after Chris Driedger gave up six goals in the series opener.

The series will now shift to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre for games three, four and five on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.

The Wheat Kings, who took the opening game of the series 6-2 on Thursday night, gave up a goal 85 seconds into the game and never seemed to get on track all night.

“We didn’t have a great start…they were ready to play, and we knew they would be better tonight,” Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show. “We didn’t have much pace to our game…we didn’t have much pace to our game tonight, we didn’t have guys going to the hard areas, they did a really good job of keeping us to the outside. They were the better team tonight and definitely deserved the win.”

Alex Roach rounded out the scoring for the Hitmen, who outshot Brandon 41-20 and led 1-0 and 2-0 at the period breaks.

Brandon netminder Corbin Boes finished the night with 37 saves.

The Wheat Kings have been forced to play their first round playoff home games at MTS Centre because of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair . Brandon is currently 3-3 lifetime in playoff games at the home of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets.

Tickets to all three games are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Less than 2,000 tickets have been sold for game three Sunday night.

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