Rebels come from behind

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

The Hitmen lost the game but won the shootout.

So what is that, a tie?

"Not the last time I looked," GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said with a laugh after last night's pre-season opener in Airdrie.

The Red Deer Rebels scored five unanswered goals to beat Calgary 5-3 before the two teams staged an exhibition shootout.

The two goaltenders were sharp in the penalty-shot stanza.

Hitmen sophomore Daniel Spence turned aside all seven shots he faced while Red Deer's James Reimer stopped a half dozen prior to blueliner Karl Alzner winning it for the home side.

Alzner didn't score during the 2004-05 regular season but had some motivation.

"I was talking to (assistant coach Dave Lowry) and he said 'this is for a pizza,' so I wanted to get that pizza.

"I'm sure the fans will like it. I love watching it in international hockey."

Keegan Dansereau, Ryan Costanzo and Darryl Moscaluk scored for Calgary during regulation time.

Kisio was understandably concerned with the final two periods.

"We were good in the first period and then I think we quit working," Kisio said. "You can't do that against a Red Deer team.

"And our older guys got selfish. They took some bad penalties that we won't put up with this year."

Dansereau opened the scoring when he tipped a pass into the Red Deer zone, picked it up on the right boards and fired a wrist shot past James Reimer.

The Hitmen took a 2-0 lead on the powerplay at the 14-minute mark. A Rebels clearing attempt ended up on the stick of Costanzo in the slot and the 20-year-old made no mistake.

Ryan White did all the work on Calgary's third goal, outhustling and then outmuscling a Rebels defender before sliding a pass to a wide-open Moscaluk.

The Rebels crept to within a goal with less than a second to play in the period. Alex Poulter, John Flatters and Josh Gionfriddo, into an empty net, scored for Red Deer in the final frame.


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