Dylan bringin' it all back home

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Dylan Yeo wanted to put on a good show against his hometown club and he did just that.

The Calgary Hitmen defenceman scored the game's first goal -- a highlight-reel marker -- as the Hitmen cruised to a 5-1 win over the Prince Albert Raiders before 7,100 fans yesterday at the 'Dome.

Yeo's uncle, former NHLer Dave Manson, now an assistant coach with Prince Albert, watched from the Raiders bench as Yeo skated across the blueline, undressed defenceman Mike Gauthier and scored top shelf from the short side at 2:14 of the second period.

For Yeo, it was a great way to make an impression.

"It's always nice to beat your hometown, especially when your uncle is one of the coaches," said Yeo with a smile.

"I have a big rivalry with that team, so it's really nice to get a goal against them and shove it in their face a little bit more. It's definitely nice beating them."

Not that the Raiders (4-11-0-5) needed more dirt kicked their way because they haven't won at the 'Dome in nearly 10 years.

In fact, Prince Albert's last triumph here came Nov. 22, 1995. The Raiders beat Calgary 6-3 that night and current Calgary Roughneck Kaleb Toth tallied twice for the visitors.

Raiders head coach Peter Anholt scratches his head when asked about his franchise's inability to win at the Saddledome.

"It's a whole different crew over the years for the most part but why that is, I have no idea," said Anholt, whose club is riding a three-game losing streak and have won just once in the past 10 games.

Yesterday's contest was all Hitmen from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer.

Calgary outshot the Raiders 33-16 and Prince Albert's lone goal, Josh Elder's first of the season, came on the powerplay early in the final frame.

After Yeo's goal, the Hitmen got two more in the second. Karl Alzner scored his third of the year at 6:35, then recently acquired Mike Reich buried his first of the season at 11:50.

In the final frame, Steve Covington took a nice feed from Kris Deines and scored his second of the year.

Calgary improves to 16-6.

Head coach/GM Kelly Kisio said he must keep his club from getting overconfident.

"We haven't been winning by much, so you can't get too confident. They've been one-goal games pretty much for the most part," he said.

"But this group of kids here is pretty good. They don't get too comfortable and we make sure that they don't, too."

The Hitmen hit the road for a game Tuesday against the Saskatoon Blades, one of the hottest teams in the league.


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