Hitmen open with win over Red Deer

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen crashed the party last night.

The Hitmen received goals from four different players as they ruined Red Deer's home opener with a 4-2 win over the Rebels.

Cam Lilley, Ryan White, Darryl Moscaluk and Keegan Dansereau found the back of the net as the Hitmen sent a sold-out Centrium crowd of 6,725 -- the largest to take in a home opener in Red Deer -- home unhappy.

Moscaluk, who also drew three penalties, is halfway to last year's point total of four.

"I took a bad penalty at the end of the first period," the Edmonton product said. "(Head coach Kelly) Kisio put us out there to keep the momentum going and I took that penalty and they scored their first goal.

"I take full responsibility for that and I learned from it. I can't hit with my hands.

"But we played pretty well the rest of the way."

Dansereau, playing on Moscaluk's wing, capped off the scoring 1:39 into the final frame when he unloaded a slapshot from the top of the circles that beat Andrew Leslie five-hole.

Calgary starter Justin Pogge was forced to make just a dozen saves as the Hitmen did an effective job of bottling up the rebels attack. Kisio had few complaints with his club's effort.

"With Pogge in net and with our defence, which was solid, if you keep the shots down, you should have a chance to win," Kisio said.

The two teams seemed content to feel things out for the majority of the first period until a flurry of goals in the late going.

The Hitmen broke the ice at the 18:24 mark when Moscaluk gloved down a high pass at the side of the Red Deer net and immediately fed Lilley in front. The former Rebel one-timed it through Leslie's pads.

Moscaluk said he and Lilley have worked well together throughout camp.

"He and I are roommates so we have some chemistry," Moscaluk said. "And I played with Dansereau during the playoffs last year, so we're just picking up where we left off."

Moscaluk is one of four 20 year olds still in camp. Kisio will need to trim that number by one in the next two weeks and Moscaluk is determined not to be the odd man out.

"Your job's never secure," Moscaluk said. "Kisio hasn't said anything so I have to go out and work hard to earn that spot."

The visitors took a 2-0 lead just 29 seconds later. White took a pass in the slot from Brodie Dupont and sent a wrister in off the post.

The Rebels hit the scoreboard on the powerplay with 29 seconds to play as Ashton Rome sent a pass out the short side from behind the Hitmen cage. Jared Walker took it on the doorstep, moved it to his backhand and stuffed it behind Pogge.

Red Deer, clad in their red third jerseys, knotted the game midway through the second stanza. Devon LeBlanc skated into the Calgary zone and wired a shot off the post from the left faceoff circle past Pogge on the stick side.

The Hitmen regained their lead just over a minute later. Moscaluk, who drew the penalty that led to Calgary's powerplay, set up camp in front and deflected Karl Alzner's point shot past Leslie. The Hitmen outshot Red Deer 17-11 through 40 minutes and held a 3-2 lead.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 4

RED DEER REBELS: 2


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