Red Deer, AB – Brandon Glover made 33 saves as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Red Deer Rebels 3-2 Tuesday night at Enmax Centrium.
Jimmy Bubnick in the first period, Brady Brassart in the second and Chase Clayton in the third all scored for Calgary who built period leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
Tyson Ness and Matthew Dumba replied for the Rebels.
Calgary outshot Red Deer 43-35.
The win is Calgary’s 40th of the season improving their record to 40-24-2-1.
At 83 points and with five games remaining in the regular season, Calgary moves five points ahead of Kootenay in the battle for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home ice advantage in the opening round of the WHL playoffs. The Hitmen also pull within two points of Medicine Hat for third place, however both the Tigers and Ice have a game in hand.
Calgary returns to action Friday night in Lethbridge for a date with the Hurricanes before returning home Sunday to host the Rebels in a rematch. Sunday’s game is a 4:00 p.m. start at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Calgary Hitmen 3 at Red Deer Rebels 2
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - Enmax Centrium - Red Deer, AB
Calgary 1 1 1 - 3
Red Deer 0 1 1 - 2
1, Calgary, Bubnick 31 (Cheek), 5:28.
Penalties-Sylvester Cal (major-fighting), 2:33; Bricker R.d (major-fighting), 2:33; Petrovic R.d (roughing), 6:56; Dumba R.d (clipping), 9:07; Fafard R.d (delay of game), 10:28; Gogolev Cal (high sticking, high sticking), 11:16; Bowman Cal (roughing), 20:00; Persson R.d (roughing), 20:00.
2, Red Deer, Ness 18 (Robinson, Dumba), 1:29.
3, Calgary, Brassart 22 9:53.
Penalties-Bowman Cal (roughing), 15:32; Bricker R.d (hooking), 15:32.
4, Calgary, Clayton 12 (Chase, Brooks), 17:32.
5, Red Deer, Dumba 19 (Kambeitz), 19:55.
Penalties-Kambeitz R.d (10-minute misconduct), 19:55; Rissling Cal (major-fighting), 20:00; Petrovic R.d (major-fighting), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 13-16-14-43. Red Deer 11-8-16-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 3; Red Deer 0 / 2.
Goalies-Calgary, Glover 19-12-0-0 (35 shots-33 saves). Red Deer, Dubyk 16-16-1-2 (43 shots-40 saves).
Referees-Ryan Bonnett (39), Trevor Hanson (19).
Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Aidan Henderson (78).