Raiders' bounty

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Not even the 'Dome doormats could put the Hitmen in the win column.

The Prince Albert Raiders broke a 25-game winless skid at the Saddledome, beating the Hitmen 2-1 in a shootout last night to extend Calgary's season-high losing streak to four games.

Raiders goaltender Jesse Deckert kicked out 37 pucks and then turned away all four Hitmen he faced in the shootout to keep his team three points back of Brandon in the race for the final playoff berth in the East Division.

Deckert, who was nine the last time the Raiders left the 'Dome with two points, said the team was well aware of the futility streak.

"We talked about it before the game," the 19-year-old 'tender said. "(Head coach Peter Anholt) gave us the challenge to break that streak and we rose to the challenge tonight."

The shootout loss was Calgary's third in the last four outings and dropped the Hitmen to 45-18-2-3, three points back of Medicine Hat in the Central Division.

Mike Hellyer, on P.A.'s fourth attempt, scored the only goal of the shootout.

"Hellyer's my roommate," Deckert said. "So our house had a pretty good night.

"I absolutely love the shootout. You either shine ... or it's the other way around."

The Raiders won their first-ever game at the 'Dome (6-3, Nov. 22, 1995), thanks to a pair of goals by current Calgary Roughnecks star Kaleb Toth.

But it's been a decade-plus of futility since then as Prince Albert has gone 0-22-1-2, including three 1999 playoff tilts, in Calgary.

But the Hitmen went cold in the shootout once again. They've scored just once in their last 14 attempts.

Winger Brodie Dupont, who scored Calgary's lone goal, said he can't explain why their fortunes have changed after the club won its first six shootouts of the year.

"Well, we've scored once in the last 14 so that doesn't help," Dupont said. "We have to score a few more than that and help Pogge out. He can't stop every shot."

But the game probably shouldn't have gotten to that point as the Hitmen dropped their second game in as many nights to a last-place divisional team.

"We haven't been getting traffic in front," Dupont said. "So their goaltender is seeing everything.

"We have to get more bodies in front and get some dirty goals because that's how we've been scoring all season."

HIT PARADE: The Sun's three stars were Raiders G Jesse Deckert, Hitmen LW Brodie Dupont and Raiders RW Mike Hellyer ... Not dressed for Calgary were D Dylan Yeo (wrist, 2 months), D Alex Plante and LW Derek LeBlanc ...The Hitmen host the Regina Pats tomorrow (7 p.m.) before the Medicine Hat Tigers come calling Sunday afternoon (2 p.m., both games on The Fan 960).


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