Rebels 'tender stands tall

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Make it back-to-back losses for the Calgary Hitmen against the hated Red Deer Rebels.

The Rebels beat the Hitmen 2-1 last night at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, sweeping a home and away set that saw them win 4-1 at the Saddledome Sunday.

Devon LeBlanc potted the game-winner with just 1:26 left in the contest as the Rebels improved to 8-4-0-1 and move into second place in the WHL's Central Division.

The Hitmen (6-6-0-1) fired 34 shots at Rebels netminder James Reimer, who was the difference.

"They were mostly good, quality scoring chances," said Hitmen head coach Kelly Kisio.

"He made some very good saves and he was probably the difference in the game tonight again."

The visiting Hitmen struck first courtesy of an Alex Plante powerplay goal at 9:37 of the first period.

It was the big defenceman's second career WHL tally.

Red Deer evened it up at 11:17 of the second with a man-advantage marker of their own from Brandon Sutter as he scored his fourth of the campaign.

The Hitmen, who have scored a division-low 36 goals, head back on the road tonight for a tilt in Lethbridge (7 p.m.) against the 5-9-1-1 Hurricanes, who are led by another outstanding young goaltender, Justin Leclerc.

"We've run into (hot goaltending) the last couple of games and haven't been able to beat them," said Kisio, adding his charges may be a little frustrated but noted they're still getting good chances, which eases the pain.

"There's no shortage of good goalies in our division and in our league."

Hitmen netminder Daniel Spence made 23 saves and the Calgary powerplay went 1-for-8, while Red Deer was 1-for-5.


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