The Vancouver Giants are the measuring stick of the WHL.
And, if last night was any indication, the Calgary Hitmen measure up nicely.
The Hitmen beat the CHL's top-ranked team 3-2 in a shootout last night at the 'Dome.
Alex Plante and Brodie Dupont scored in regulation time for Calgary (12-6-0-1), which won its sixth straight tilt.
Robin Figren and Ryan White, who also assisted on both of Calgary's regulation markers, lit the lamp in the shootout while goaltender Dan Spence turned away two of three Giants shooters.
Calgary Flames prospect J.D. Watt was the only visitor to beat Spence in the penalty-shot phase.
Vancouver (16-1-1-1), which held a 38-28 shots advantage, received goals from Milan Lucic and Kyle Lamb.
Plante's first-period powerplay goal snapped Vancouver goaltender Dustin Slade's shutout streak against the Hitmen at 128:39, dating back to his days with the Regina Pats.
Slade blanked the Hitmen 5-0 and 3-0 last season.
The victory moved Calgary into third place in the Central Division.
The Hitmen continue their four-game homestand Wednesday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7 p.m. at the 'Dome).