Sloppy but effective

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

It wasn't pretty but style doesn't count in getting two points. A come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers last night at Kamloops' SportMart Place gave the Calgary Hitmen a needed road win.

The victory, which wasn't pretty, helped them as they kept pace in the WHL's Central Division, staying two points ahead of Red Deer for third and five behind Medicine Hat for second place.

"We didn't get a lot of things accomplished that we wanted to get accomplished and we'll take these two points and run real quick," said Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio, who was clearly not pleased with his club's performance.

At first, it didn't look like the Hitmen (23-16-6-2) would get a sniff at a win.

They came out with as much life as a broken lightbulb, giving up a powerplay goal to Kalvin Sagert at 3:09 of the first in what was a woeful period as Calgary got outshot 13-3, despite enjoying three powerplay chances.

"We let them know about how we thought they were playing and we never did anything special in the second either, all we did was shoot a couple of pucks at the net and they happened to go in, so the second wasn't any better than the first and the third wasn't any better than the second," said Kisio, whose Hitmen were 1-for-10 on the powerplay.

Kamloops racked up another powerplay goal at 2:07 of the second courtesy of Aaron Richards and went up 2-0.

But then Calgary managed four unanswered goals in the second period.

Shaun Landolt, who scored at 3:50 and also had two helpers, Tyrel Lucas, Brodie Dupont and Andrew Ladd -- the last two 15 seconds apart -- did the damage and Calgary led 4-2 heading into the third.

In that frame, the Blazers pulled within one after tough guy Matt Kassian scored his first of the season at 5:19 but they couldn't beat Justin Pogge again.

Calgarian Devan Dubnyk took the loss in goal for the Blazers (17-24-3-2).

The Hitmen continue their B.C. trip in Prince George tonight (8:30, FAN 960).


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