The Calgary Hitmen kept it close against one of the Western Hockey League’s top teams.
Unfortunately, close doesn’t count in the standings.
Despite a stellar effort from Hitmen netminder Michael Snider, the Red Deer Rebels scratched out a 4-1 victory Friday over the Hitmen at the Enmax Centrium.
Brooks Macek scored for Calgary (16-35-4), but Byron Froese tallied twice in the final frame and Alex Petrovic and Brett Ferguson also lit the lamp for Red Deer (38-14-5).
Snider stopped 32 shots in a losing cause.
The Hitmen host the Prince George Cougars Saturday (7 p.m., Dome, fan960.com).