Blazing to the top

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen are back on top.

With a 2-0 win last night in Kamloops, the Hitmen moved back into first place in the WHL.

Justin Pogge won his 18th straight game, including six at the world junior tournament. He made 18 saves for his franchise-record seventh shutout of the season.

Brett Carson and Ryan White scored for Calgary (35-11-1-0), which moved one point ahead of Central Division-rival Medicine Hat.

The Hitmen also hold a game in hand, which they'll use tomorrow night at home against the Regina Pats (7 p.m., The Fan 960).

GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said he knew Pogge had an impressive streak going but didn't know the length.

"I knew he hadn't lost in our league since the middle of November but I didn't know it was that long," Kisio said of his 'tender, who improved to 27-5-0 and lowered his league-leading goals against average to 1.57.

Kisio said he wants to get Pogge some rest over the final six weeks of the regular season. But the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect doesn't like to sit.

"I got the (dirty) look Saturday night when he found out he wasn't playing," Kisio said of a 3-0 loss in Prince George.

"But we need to keep him focused and make sure he's not burnt out."

Brodie Dupont assisted on Calgary's goals, both coming on the powerplay that finished 2-for-5. Kamloops was 0-for-7 with the man-advantage.


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