Ryan flyin' to the top

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Ryan White: WHL scoring leader.

It has a nice ring to it.

"For a day or two, anyways," White said with a chuckle.

But the humble 18-year-old might be running with the big dogs for longer than that, especially if he continues to produce at his current pace.

White is coming off a four-point performance that led to a wild 7-6 shootout win in Lethbridge on the weekend.

And he had points in 11 straight games, matching linemate Brodie Dupont for the longest points streak heading into last night's tilt in Medicine Hat.

Unfortunately for White and the Hitmen, the streak came to a halt in the Gas City where Calgary fell 2-1 to the Tigers.

"I've been working all year, just plugging away," said White, who shared the league-lead at 54 points with three other players.

"But it'll be a lot of work to stay on top."

No one is happier with White's production than GM/head coach Kelly Kisio. But Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has to have a smile on his face, too.

"I haven't talked to (the Habs) in a while," said White, who was a third-round pick of the Canadiens in last summer's NHL draft.

"They called to wish me a merry Christmas. But I'm sure they'll be out and about soon."

Ian Duval was the only Calgary player to beat Medicine Hat starter Matt Keetley last night. The Flames prospect kicked out 25 shots as the Tigers padded their lead atop the Central Division standings.

Tyler Swystun and world junior standout Kris Russell scored for Medicine Hat (31-14-2-0).

All three goals came in the first period with each team connecting once on the powerplay.

Hitmen 'tender Dan Spence, who was named the game's second star, turned aside 29 shots in the loss.

White has been held off the scoresheet twice in the past 20 games, both times by the Tigers.

The Hitmen (24-15-0-3) can't afford to drop too many divisional matchups, White said.

"We're in such a tight race," White said. "Every night is a big night.

"You don't know where you're going to be by the end of the weekend."

GIANTS HOT TO DEAL:

The WHL trade deadline arrives today at 3 p.m. but the Vancouver Giants weren't willing to wait.

The G-Men pulled off their second major deal of the season Monday night when they acquired overage C Wacey Rabbit from Saskatoon for RW Kenton Dulle, 18, and a second-round 2008 bantam pick.

Rabbit, a Calgary product, played 22 games with the AHL's Providence Bruins this season.

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio has been busy at past trade deadlines.

Last year, he acquired forward Derek LeBlanc from Brandon for Dustin Kohn.

Two years ago, he pulled off a blockbuster deal, grabbing goaltender Justin Pogge and current captain Dylan Yeo from Prince George.


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