They didn't get the start they wanted.
But the finish more than made up for it.
The Calgary Hitmen overcame a 1-0 deficit following the first period by scoring six unanswered goals to beat the Rebels 7-2 last night in Red Deer.
Kris Foucault led the way with a pair of goals and now has three markers -- the first three of his career -- in his last two outings.
Keith Seabrook, Brett Sonne, Alex Plante, Kyle Bortis and Carson McMillan lit the lamp for the visitors at the Red Deer Centrium.
Hitmen right-winger Brandon Kozun chipped in with three assists while goaltender Martin Jones picked up his league-leading 30th win of the campaign as Calgary improved to 41-7-2-1.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first-overall selection in the 2008 WHL bantam draft, scored in his junior debut. Jordie Deagle found the net in the opening period for Red Deer.
The Hitmen have won all four meetings against their northern rivals this season.
RW Ian Schultz (shoulder, day to day), D Matt Mackenzie, LW Tyler Fiddler and RW Rigby Burgart were the scratches for Calgary ... The Hitmen host the Regina Pats tomorrow afternoon (2 p.m. at the 'Dome, Fan 960).