Pogge nets another goose egg

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Justin Pogge may need his own record book before the season is out.

The Hitmen goaltender earned his second consecutive shutout last night as Calgary blasted the Broncos 5-0 in Swift Current.

Ryan White, with a pair, Brett Sonne, Brett Carson and Mike Reich provided Pogge with more than enough offensive support.

Pogge kicked out 21 shots to post his WHL-best 10th goose egg on the season. The Hitmen's previous franchise record was four.

The world junior gold medallist hasn't allowed a puck past him in 158:38. He had a similar streak end at 159:36 last month and another lasting 153:22 in October.

Barry Brust established the franchise record (178:49) in 2004 while the WHL mark was set by Flin Flon bombers netminder Chris Worthy in 1967-68 at 265:13.

GM/bead coach Kelly Kisio was focused on the big picture.

"All I'm concerned with is the wins," Kisio said.

Kisio's getting his fair share of those as well.

The Hitmen earned their 42nd win, tops in the nation, as they improved to 42-15-1-0 and moved back into a tie with Medicine Hat atop the WHL overall standings.

Both teams have 14 games remaining. They'll face each other three times, including Sunday in the Gas City.

Calgary hosts the Tigers March 5 and 12.

The Hitmen had fallen on somewhat hard times of late -- they were blanked in back-to-back games at the 'Dome last week.

Yet, despite a lukewarm 4-3 record in February, Kisio's club is back on top of the heap.

"Go figure," Kisio said. "I guess the sun will come up tomorrow."

He was happy to see his powerplay finally get on track.

Sonne snapped a 2-for-30 slump with the man-advantage at 15:14 of the opening period. The freshman centre deposited his 10th of the season behind Kyle Moir five seconds after a 5-on-3 powerplay ended.

Carson jumped into the rush and gave the Hitmen a 2-0 lead two minutes later with his career-high ninth of the campaign.

White cashed in a rebound on another Calgary powerplay midway through the second period.

"At times, we were pretty good on the powerplay," Kisio said. "But we still have some work to do."

White potted his second early in the third before Pogge sprung Reich on a shorthanded breakaway to round out the scoring.

Pogge lowered his league-leading goals-against average to 1.59. His .929 save percentage is also tops in the WHL.

HIT PARADE: The three stars were RW Ryan White, D Brett Carson and G Justin Pogge ... Not dressed for Calgary were RW Freddie Pettersson (hip, day-to-day), D Dylan Yeo (ankle, day-to-day), LW Kris Deines (knee, day-to-day), D Shaden Moore (ankle, week-to-week) ... Deines and Pettersson are expected back by the weekend ... The Hitmen travel to Red Deer to take on the Rebels Friday night (7:30 p.m., The Fan 960). They'll host Saskatoon Saturday (7 p.m. at the 'Dome) before Sunday's key battle in Medicine Hat.


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