Points far from paramount for Kohn

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Looking at the Calgary Hitmen scoring leaders, the number alongside defenceman Dustin Kohn just doesn't seem right.

After all, how can a guy who was fourth on the club in scoring last year only have three points on the season so far?

So, has the fleet-footed blueliner turned into the second coming of Phil Russell?

No, insists Kohn, adding he's more like a certain San Jose Sharks rearguard.

"Maybe Scott Hannan. He's a guy who's good defensively and he's good offensively as well," said the 18-year-old from Edmonton.

"He's just a solid two-way player and I want to become a solid, two-way defenceman."

Hence the reason why Kohn has three assists through 10 games, including one in last night's 3-1 win over Red Deer at the 'Dome.

He made a conscientious decision to really bear down on his defensive responsibilities this season so he could become a more well-rounded player.

"I haven't got as many points at this time as I had last year but that doesn't matter to me at all. The most important thing is winning games as a team," said the New York Islanders second-round draft pick who had eight goals and 35 assists last year.

"I want to play the role of more of a gritty defenceman back there. Brett Carson and Jeff Schultz are doing well with the points, and Karl Alzner as well, so I think it's important that we have guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to help the team."

With Carson, Schultz and Alzner at eight points each, the Hitmen are getting plenty of offensive production from their defencemen, so it's not like they're desperately seeking points from the blueline.

In last night's game, it was Freddie Pettersson netting the game-winner, on the powerplay, at 19:45 of the second period.

Ryan White, at 9:32 of the second and Keegan Dansereau, with an empty netter, also tallied for the Hitmen (9-3-0-0), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Matthew Cline got the lone goal for the 5-9 Rebels at 8:57 of the second. The visitors were outshot 41-13 but, despite dominating most of the contest, Hitmen head coach/GM Kelly Kisio was still nervous in the third period.

"It's so close and you're outshooting a team fairly badly, it gives you a real uneasy feeling because one little bounce and it's in but our guys were solid at the end tonight," said Kisio, whose Hitmen beat the Rebels for the fourth straight time this season.

Calgary, which leads the Central Division, has won the four contests by a combined score of 16-4, outshooting their rivals 134-56.

Next up for the Hitmen is a contest this afternoon (Saddledome, 5 p.m.) against the Swift Current Broncos.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 3

RED DEER REBELS: 1


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