Hitmen grab win

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

On Remembrance Day, Freddie Pettersson made memories out of a forgettable game.

The Calgary Hitmen forward scored the overtime winner last night, leading the Calgary Hitmen to a 1-0 win over the Everett Silvertips at the Saddledome.

In what was a sluggish contest between the two best defensive clubs in the WHL, Pettersson's game-winner and 12th of the year came on the powerplay, as he jammed away at a loose puck in front of the Everett net 35 seconds into the extra frame.

"I saw the goalie down and just went for the puck and it went in," said the Swedish winger, who swooped in from the side as Everett rookie 'tender Matt Esposito tried to find the disc.

Calgary got the man advantage when the Silvertips' Cody Thoring got called for hitting Brodie Dupont from behind late in the final frame and Dupont was there in front when Pettersson lit the lamp.

"The puck got caught under my skate blade and I tried to kick it in, then Freddie came flying in and I didn't even see it go in but he started celebrating and I knew it was a goal," said Dupont.

With the win, the Hitmen snap a two-game losing streak, improving to 15-6 and are tied with Medicine Hat atop the WHL standings. The Silvertips fall to 14-7.

Calgary goalie Justin Pogge earned his fourth shutout of the season with some spectacular stops, especially in the second period. First he flashed the leather and robbed Zach Sim, who unleashed from the top of the left circle, then Pogge denied Mark Kress on a one-timer, making another great glove save.

The Hitmen arrived from Cranbrook, B.C., at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday after losing 3-1 to Kootenay Thursday night and Calgary head coach/GM Kelly Kisio said his charges showed their resiliency against a very fast, defensive-minded Everett club.

"It shows what kind of a team we have here. We got in late after a tough game and showed a lot of life, so I was really proud of them," said Kisio.

There was no scoring through regulation which really wasn't a surprise considering Calgary and Everett are the stingiest clubs in the Dub, with both teams allowing just 43 goals against.

The Silvertips outshot the Hitmen 25-17 and went 0-for-7 on the powerplay.

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HIT PARADE: Scratches for the Hitmen were F Cam Lilley (leg), F Ryan Letts (healthy) D Curtis Kelner (healthy) and F Carson McMillan (healthy) ... Last night's contest featured the WHL's top two powerplays with Everett No. 1 (21.9%), followed by Calgary (21.1%)but the Hitmen went into last night on a 0-for-14 run ... Next up for the Hitmen is a game against the Prince Albert Raiders tomorrow (Saddledome, 2 p.m.). Following the contest, the club hosts the 6th annual Dodge Skate with the Hitmen from 5-6 p.m., when fans can come out and skate alongside the team at the 'Dome.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 1

EVERETT SILVERTIPS: 0

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