The Red Deer Rebels came oh so close to cooling off the Calgary Hitmen.
Left-winger Kris Foucault potted the shootout winner as the Hitmen rallied for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory last night in Red Deer, extending their latest double-digit winning streak to 11 games.
With the win, the Hitmen (54-7-3-1) clinched the WHL's Eastern Conference regular-season crown and secured home-ice advantage through the first three playoff rounds.
The rebuilding Rebels (19-33-1-9) certainly made them work for it.
Red Deer blueliner Luke Egener scored in the second period and netminder Darcy Kuemper slammed the door for over 55 minutes, but Calgary's Michael Stone tied it up with 3:50 left in regulation time and the Hitmen sealed the deal in the shootout.
Martin Jones kicked aside 40 shots for the Hitmen, who were outshot 41-26 by the hard-working Rebels, and was named the second star.
DINOS DUMPED BY UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds beat the U of C 5-0 last night, knocking the Dinos out of the Canada West playoff picture.