Blazers blitzed

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen appear to have learned from past mistakes.

Calgary has stumbled out of the gate for the majority of this current six-game homestand.

But the home side came out blasting from both barrels last night.

Freddie Pettersson and captain Brett Carson scored first-period goals and the tight- checking Hitmen made it stand up in a 2-0 win over the Kamloops Blazers last night at the 'Dome.

Defenceman Jeff Schultz, who, like the rest of his mates, was rock solid on the back end, said the team was tired of getting an earful from GM/head coach Kelly Kisio about their poor starts.

"After the last game, the coach came in and said what needed to be said," Schultz said.

"We used that as motivation this game. We haven't really had a game where we've come out and dominated a team in the first 10 minutes.

"Tonight, we changed up a pre-game warm-up and the guys came out firing."

Justin Pogge was forced to make just a dozen stops en route to his third shutout of the season.

He lowered his league-leading goals-against-average to a paltry 1.72.

The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect said he tried to play the puck as much as he could to keep himself in the game mentally.

"The D kept the shots down but (the Blazers) had some quality chances," Pogge said.

"I thought I had a strong mental game so I was pretty happy. It's nice when we get fired up and come out that hard because we can put any team down."

The Hitmen improved to 10-4-0-0, moving three points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Central Division standings.

The Tigers visit the 'Dome Sunday.

The Hitmen, who handed the Blazers their first road loss (3-1) of the season, got things started 5:11 into the first period when Ryan White cruised into the slot but lost the puck in his skates.

Pettersson swooped in and sent a quick shot through Calgarian Devan Dubnyk's pads.

Carson one-timed a point shot through traffic past Dubnyk on the powerplay at the 11:45 mark, prompting Kamloops bench boss Mark Ferner to call a time out.

The brief respite did little to temper the onslaught as the Hitmen continued to pour it on.

Blazers tough guy Terrance Delaronde tried to spark his team by dropping the gloves with Ryan Letts but the Hitmen rookie proved more than up to the challenge and scored the takedown.

Calgary outshot Kamloops 15-2 in the opening 20 minutes.

The Hitmen continued to pepper Dubnyk in the middle frame.

Thanks to three straight Blazers penalties, including a 5-on-3 for 1:41, the Hitmen pumped 14 more shots on net but failed to add to their lead.

Dubnyk kept his team, which managed just four shots in the period, in the game by turning away Brodie Dupont on a partial break in the late going.

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HIT PARADE: The three stars were Hitmen D Jeff Schultz, Blazers G Devan Dubnyk and Hitmen G Justin Pogge ... Not dressed for Calgary were LW Issac Reid (groin, day to day), LW Darryl Moscaluk (eye, day to day), D Justin Falk and D Curtis Kelner ... The Hitmen host the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday (7 p.m. at the 'Dome).

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CALGARY HITMEN: 2

KAMLOOPS BLAZERS: 0


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