Many thought the Calgary Hitmen would be in big trouble without Justin Pogge.
But as good as the world junior starting goaltender has been this year, he can't score goals.
The Hitmen offence never got going last night in Cranbrook as the Kootenay Ice skated to a 1-0 victory.
Dale Mahovsky's powerplay marker at 18:36 of the opening period was the only offence Kootenay goaltender Taylor Dakers would need.
He stopped 21 shots for the shutout.
Calgary starter Daniel Spence was also impressive, turning away 28 shots.
The loss dropped Calgary to 26-9-0-0, second in the Central Division, and snapped the club's season-high eight-game winning streak.
Head coach Kelly Kisio said his team struggled to find its legs after the Christmas break.
"In the first period, we didn't have a lot of desperation in our game," Kisio said. "We slowly got it going as the game went on."
Kootenay was 1-for-10 on the powerplay while Calgary finished 0-for-7 in the penalty-filled affair.
"There were a lot of penalties," Kisio said. "It was hard to get any kind of flow going. There were a lot of calls against both teams."
The Hitmen return home to host the Vancouver Giants tonight at the 'Dome (7 p.m., The Fan 960).