Hitmen KO'd by Pats

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen may have won the fights.

But they got beat up on the scoreboard.

Regina goaltender Linden Rowat stopped 35 shots to earn his first career WHL shutout as the Pats blanked the Hitmen 4-0.

Officials handed out 12 fighting majors, including eight during a third-period line brawl in the chippy affair, as Calgary matched a season-high with its third straight loss.

The Hitmen dropped to 43-17-2-0 and remain one point back of Central Division leading Medicine Hat. The Tigers, who host Red Deer tonight, hold a game in hand.

Of Calgary's 17 losses, eight have been shutouts.

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said his best players have to be better prepared.

"Our big guys -- (Brodie) Dupont and (Ryan) White, guys like that -- have to be better if we're going to win hockey games," Kisio said. "You can tell where their heads are on our first powerplay.

"If they're not sharp and alert, we're going to struggle."

Calgary was 0-for-6 on the powerplay and has just one goal in its last 24 opportunities.

Denis Tolpeko got the ball rolling on a Pats powerplay at 11:42 of the opening period.

Kyle Ross scored four minutes later and Ian Duval's ninth of the season early in the middle frame spelled the end of the night for Calgary starter Justin Pogge.

Backup Daniel Spence fared a little better, surrendering Justin Bernhardt's 19th before the end of the period to give Regina a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.

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HIT PARADE: The Hitmen continue their three-game road trip tonight in Brandon (6:30 p.m.) and tomorrow in Moose Jaw (6 p.m., both games on The Fan 960) ... Calgary hosts the Swift Current Broncos Friday (7 p.m. at the 'Dome).

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REGINA PATS: 4

CALGARY HITMEN: 0


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