One-period wonders

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

Gotta play 60 minutes.

But sometimes 20 will do.

Despite playing two of their worst periods of the season, the Calgary Hitmen still managed to down the Spokane Chiefs 4-2 last night at the Saddledome, extending their winning streak to five games.

Brett Carson, who was moved to forward from his post on defence for most of the third period, scored the game-winner as the Hitmen (23-8-0-0) fought back from a 2-0 deficit.

After the contest, Hitmen bench boss Kelly Kisio didn't mince words about his club's brutal effort, especially in the first two frames.

Even goalie Justin Pogge, the WHL wins leader with 22, didn't look sharp.

"It was terrible hockey. After the Moose Jaw game (a 5-1 win), we thought we could lace the skates and it would be a piece of cake," said Kisio, whose team improves to 16-3 at home.

"They rammed it down our throats in the first two periods. We played 20 minutes and found a way to win the game but it's not appealing to me at all. We didn't deserve to win the hockey game."

First-period goals by Matt McCue and Adam Hobson staked the Chiefs to a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of action that included three fights, all back-to- back, which broke out in an 11-second span.

First, Calgary's Darryl Moscaluk tangled with David Schulz in a short scrap at 13:04. Then, off the ensuing faceoff, former Chief Mike Reich beat on his old teammate Chris Bruton.

Following the next drop of the puck, it was Hitmen blueliner Alex Plante coming out on the losing end of a tilt against Judd Blackwater.

The Hitmen got their act together in the final frame and beat Watt with Brodie Dupont's ninth of the season, a powerplay marker.

Dupont, who also had an assist, converted a cross-crease feed from Ryan White at 5:19.

Calgary tied it 2-2 at 8:04 when Freddie Pettersson notched his 14th of the season.

A minute later, Carson scored on a breakaway with a nice deke and a smooth backhand to beat Watt, who had been solid in net for the Chiefs (14-14-1-0).

Carson was happy to move to forward.

"I didn't feel good in the first two and I made some mistakes," he said.

"Then they called me up front for the third and I was trying to throw the body around a little bit and I got a break."

Steve Covington made it 4-2 on an empty-netter.

The Hitmen outshot Spokane 28-25.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 4

SPOKANE CHIEFS: 2


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