Forget about maintaining momentum from one game to the next.
The Calgary Hitmen have trouble sustaining pressure from one period to the next.
Looking to build off a solid 6-1 victory over Moose Jaw Friday, the Hitmen stumbled in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Red Deer Rebels yesterday afternoon at the 'Dome.
Brodie Dupont scored the game's first goal four minutes into the second period but that was all the damage the home side could muster.
The Rebels (7-3-2-1) replied with four unanswered markers -- from Jason Lynch, Cass Mappin, Jordan Henry and Dustin Moore -- to move four points ahead of the fourth-place Hitmen (6-5-0-1) in the WHL's Central Division.
Dupont, who scored his team-leading seventh tally, said his club needs to find a sense of desperation.
"That's been the story of our team," Dupont said. "We have a good game and try to build off that but we can't find the consistency.
"It just comes down to work ethic. We don't really have one right now.
"Guys in the dressing room need to realize it should be a privilege to be on this team, it's not a right.
"People need to start earning their ice time."
Red Deer 'tender James Reimer made 36 saves, including a fantastic stop on Dupont early in the second period to keep it scoreless.
"We had a lot of shots," said Dupont, who launched a game-high seven pucks and had another handful of near misses.
"But their goaltender saw a lot of shots. We had a lot of low-percentage shots."
Calgary outshot the Rebels 12-4 in the scoreless opening period but couldn't solve Reimer.
Dupont cashed in a two-on-one feed from Ryan White on the powerplay before Red Deer responded.
Lynch's point shot made its way through traffic and past Dan Spence and Mappin jammed in a pass in the crease for the eventual game winner just past the midway point.
Henry's screened shot and Moore, into an empty net, closed it out in the third period.
Red Deer finished 2-for-10 on the powerplay while Calgary converted on one of seven opportunities.
The three stars were Red Deer G James Reimer, Calgary D Karl Alzner and Red Deer D Jordan Henry ... Not dressed for the Hitmen were D Dylan Yeo (wrist, week), LW Brendan Rowinski (shoulder, 6-8 weeks), RW Brandon Kozun, LW Devon Kalinski, RW Rob Roteliuk and D Michael Stone ... The Hitmen complete the home-and-home set tomorrow night at the Red Deer Centrium. Calgary hosts Regina Friday (7 p.m. at 'Dome).