The streak of 'Dome dominance is over.
Less than 48 hours after an emotional victory over the Vancouver Giants, the Calgary Hitmen had their 18-game home winning streak snapped by the Chilliwack Bruins.
Yes, the Bruins -- a team that was coming off an 8-1 thrashing at the hands of the Edmonton Oil Kings the previous night.
A team that is 50 points behind the Hitmen in the WHL's overall standings.
Calgary bench boss Dave Lowry was understandably disgusted with his team's performance after the Bruins left the 'Dome with a 5-4 win.
"Unacceptable," Lowry said. "Not to take anything away from our opponent. They played a simple, hard game.
"But we didn't compete from top to bottom."
Ryan Howse scored a pair of powerplay goals, as the Bruins struck three times with the man-advantage. Brett Ward, Chris Collins and Andy Smith, with the game-winner, also lit the lamp for the visitors.
Chase Schaber, Joel Broda, Brett Sonne and Carson McMillan replied for the Hitmen (39-7-2-1), who did little for two periods before trying to pull the game out of the fire with a late push.
Trailing 5-2, Sonne and McMillan converted rebound attempts. McMillan's marker made it a one-goal game with 1:36 to play.
Despite a powerplay in the final minute with the goaltender out and launching 26 of their 51 shots at Bruins goaltender Lucas Gore in the final frame, the Hitmen failed to net the equalizer.
Lowry said the emotional letdown after Friday's big win over the Giants may have played a role in his team's lacklustre effort.
"I think that has something to do with it," Lowry said.
"We did win an emotional game. But the thing about hockey is you have to get ready to play the next game.
"The most disappointing part was the lack of battle and compete. It's tough to be hard on the young guys when the older guys are probably the most guilty," Lowry said.
"We thought it was going to be an easy game. We're not going to win games just based on skill. If our guys don't want to get greasy and understand they have to compete a certain way to win, then we're just pretending."
Rookie goaltender Michael Snider saw his record fall to 7-2 on the season.
The Hitmen special teams were terrible last night.
Howse scored the Bruins' third powerplay marker early in the third period before Smith notched the eventual game-winner. The Hitmen powerplay went 1-for-7.
Sonne said the club's not-so-special teams were the difference.
"Obviously, they had the better powerplay tonight," Sonne said. "I think that's what won the game."
Ward's crazy bouncer from the blueline skipped between Snider's pads to open the scoring on a Bruins powerplay early in the first period.
Schaber brought the home side even midway through the frame, when he intercepted a Bruins pass and ripped a wrister in.
The Hitmen took the lead just 22 seconds into the middle stanza when Broda potted his league-leading 39th goal of the season on a powerplay.
But the Hitmen powerplay came up empty on a two-man advantage later in the period.
The Bruins converted on their 5-on-3, as Howse buried a wrist shot. The visitors took a 3-2 lead in the final minute of the period. Scott Ramsay's shot went wide, but Collins, a callup from the Calgary Buffaloes AAA midget team, batted the puck out of mid-air and past Snider for his first WHL marker.