It had all the makings of a laugher.
It turned out to be a nail-biter.
The Calgary Hitmen built a 4-1 second-period lead yesterday in Swift Current and then hung on for a 4-3 win over the Broncos.
"It was a lot closer than what we would have liked," said assistant coach Dave Lowry. "But we got the result we were looking for."
Brodie (Moose) Dupont scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the campaign and added an assist as the Hitmen improved to 31-21-3-4.
Freddie Pettersson and Keegan Dansereau also found the back of the net as the visitors chased Calgary product Kyle Moir from the crease after 40 minutes.
The Hitmen moved five points clear of fourth-place Red Deer and 10 points ahead of Lethbridge, which occupies the Central Division basement.
"We have to win our games," Lowry said of the playoff push. "I know it's a cliche but if we don't win our games, we don't deserve to get in (to the post-season)."
Centre Ryan White picked up a pair of assists to pad his lead atop the league scoring charts with 77 points through 59 games.
"We put a high demand on him to be good every night," Lowry said of White's breakout season.
"We have high expectations for him but he's starting to believe that if he works every night, he'll get his opportunities and points.
"He and Brodie are feeding off each other now. They're putting pucks on net and they're finding a way in."
David Stieler, Dale Weise and Daniel Rakos replied for Swift Current (25-29-1-2).
Calgary took two of three during the weekend road trip, which included a win in Regina and a loss in Brandon.
Dan Spence made 22 saves for the Hitmen, who host the Hurricanes Wednesday night (7 p.m., The 'Dome).