Rebels again!

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Eight is enough. Ten is just overkill.

The Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels will face off tonight for the eighth time this season (7:30 p.m., Red Deer Centrium, The Fan 960). And they still have two more games in Red Deer next month.

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio, whose club is 5-2 against the Rebels, said the schedule should be adjusted in the future.

"It's too many," Kisio said. "I think once you're over six, you're beating a dead horse. After a while, you get sick of seeing the other team.

"For us and Red Deer, I think eight would be plenty. You play them five times in pre-season, 10 times during the year and, two years ago, it was seven more in the playoffs.

"That's enough."

The two teams played four times in the opening month, once in November and then took nearly three months off before hooking up for a pair last week.

And with the Rebels playing their best hockey of the season, the timing couldn't be worse for Calgary.

"Yeah, that's nice, isn't it?" Kisio said with a chuckle. "We probably should have played them more in between but it didn't work out that way."

Forward Ryan White, who scored a pair of goals in Calgary's last outing, a 5-0 victory in Swift Current, said he's as sick of the Rebels as anyone else. But the intense dislike, he said, makes for competitive games.

"There's a big rivalry between the two teams so we have to be up for every game," White said. "Ten games are a lot but we don't want to give them any points.

"And they're not the same team as the one we played earlier in the season. They're playing real well lately."

HIT PARADE: The Hitmen are expected to welcome back injured forwards Freddie Pettersson (missed three games with a hip injury) and Kris Deines (out four games with a bad knee). D Dylan Yeo (ankle, day-to-day) may not return until next week while D Shaden Moore (ankle) is still a couple of weeks away.


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