The Calgary Hitmen extended their season high winning streak to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels Tuesday night at Enmax Centruim.
Alex Gogolev scored twice for Calgary while Greg Chase led all Hitmen with a career high three points (1g 2a).
Joey Kornelsen, and Chase Clayton also scored for Calgary who overcame a 1-0 second period deficit while Cody Sylvester and Jimmy Bubnick both chipped in a pair of assists.
Calgary out shot the Rebels 34-30 as Brandon Glover made 29 saves to record his sixth straight win in goal. He also passed the 2,000 career regular season saves mark to sit at 2,020.
Matt Dumba had the lone goal for Red Deer who drops a game below .500 at 19-20-1-4. They remain four points out of a playoff spot.
The Hitmen, now 25-16-2-1 on the season, pull within a single point of both Medicine Hat and Regina for fifth in the WHL Eastern Conference with 53 points.
Calgary opens a five-game home stand tomorrow (Wednesday) against Team USA World Junior forward Emerson Etem and the Medicine Hat Tigers. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Hitmen will also host Prince George Friday (7pm) and Red Deer Sunday (4pm), before welcoming Brandon and Vancouver next week.
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Calgary Hitmen 5 at Red Deer Rebels 1
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Enmax Centrium - Red Deer, AB
Calgary 0 2 3 - 5
Red Deer 0 1 0 - 1
Penalties-Bubnick Cal (boarding, major-fighting), 2:27; Petrovic R.d (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 2:27; Fafard R.d (holding), 6:30; Kambeitz R.d (slashing), 17:40.
1, Red Deer, Dumba 12 (Elson), 4:09.
2, Calgary, Kornelsen 6 (Chase, Clayton), 4:48.
3, Calgary, Gogolev 17 (Sylvester, Bubnick), 11:27.
Penalties-Brassart Cal (tripping), 6:19.
4, Calgary, Clayton 8 (Chase, Brooks), 1:42.
5, Calgary, Gogolev 18 (Sylvester, Bubnick), 9:47.
6, Calgary, Chase 2 (Rask), 15:46.
Penalties-Doetzel R.d (holding), 2:07; Humphries Cal (checking from behind), 5:24; Kosterman Cal (major-fighting), 5:24; Inglis R.d (instigator, major-fighting), 5:24; Inglis R.d (10-minute misconduct), 5:25; Bowman Cal (roughing), 13:00; Kambeitz R.d (high sticking), 13:00.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 12-8-14-34. Red Deer 9-9-12-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 3; Red Deer 0 / 1.
Goalies-Calgary, Glover 14-8-0-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Red Deer, Dubyk 7-6-1-1 (34 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Colin Watt (72), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Cody Huseby (88), Chris Carlson (92).