No one solves Pogge puzzle

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Justin Pogge is setting records on a nightly basis.

The Hitmen goaltender recorded his franchise-record eighth shutout of the season last night as Calgary beat the visiting Regina Pats 2-0.

Pogge, who also blanked Kamloops Sunday night, kicked out 27 shots to extend his shutout streak to 130:59.

"We're getting more and more confident every time we hit the ice," Pogge said. "I just came off vacation about two weeks ago and I'm feeling pretty good now."

With the teams locked in a scoreless third-period draw, Ryan White hustled down the right wing and sent a perfect pass to the far post where Brodie Dupont banged home the game-winner.

White also got into a spirited scrap with Craig Schira and scored the knockdown.

Derek LeBlanc gave the Hitmen a 2-0 cushion with less than five minutes to play.

Pogge, who lowered his league-leading goals against-average to 1.53, established the goose-egg record long ago and continues to add to it. The previous mark of four was held by three 'tenders: Scott Bowles ('04-05), Brent Krahn ('99-00) and Alexandre Fomitchev ('98-99).

He also won his 19th straight game, inluding six at the world junior tournament, as Calgary improved its WHL-best record to 36-11-1, three points ahead of Central Division-rival Medicine Hat.

"I like to win as much as possible but I don't really think about (streaks)," Pogge said, adding he's never enjoyed a string of success like this at any level.

White had the only quality chance in a scoreless opening frame. On a Hitmen powerplay, he snuck behind the Pats defence but Pats goalie Linden Rowat, a Cochrane product, stood his ground.

Hitmen blueliner Dylan Yeo, who was part of the trade that brought Pogge to Calgary, lent a helping hand to his former Prince George Cougars teammate.

Pogge got a piece of Petr Kalus' shot but the puck squeezed through and was rolling towards the open net when Yeo swept it off the goalline.

"I was seeing the puck today," Pogge said. "One sneaked through but Yeo came and saved my day."

HIT PARADE: The three stars were Calgary RW Ryan White, Calgary G Justin Pogge and Regina G Linden Rowat ... Not dressed for Calgary last night were C Riley Merkley (knee, day-to-day), D Shaden Moore (ankle, week-to-week) ... The Hitmen wrap up their three-game homestand this weekend with games against Brandon (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Portland (Saturday, 7 p.m.). Both games are on The Fan 960.


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