Mack Shields made 18 saves for his first career shutout in a 2-0 win over the Regina Pats Saturday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Greg Chase opened the scoring for Calgary just 1:46 into the opening period and it stayed that way until Cody Sylvester added a shorthanded goal into an empty net in the final minute.
Special teams played a large role in the win with Calgary killing all 10 Regina powerplays including a pair of 5-on-3's.
The Hitmen are now 14-3-0-1 in their last 18 games to improve to 22-7-1-3 on the season. At 48 points they lead the Eastern Conference standings, staying two points ahead of Edmonton who also won Saturday night.
Calgary is right back in action Sunday afternoon, hosting the Kelowna Rockets at 4pm.
Regina Pats 0 at Calgary Hitmen 2
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Regina 0 0 0 - 0
Calgary 1 0 1 - 2
1, Calgary, Chase 8 (Sylvester), 1:46.
Penalties-Mumby Reg (kneeing), 2:24; Brassart Cal (inter. on goaltender), 3:33; Virtanen Cal (hooking), 7:50; Jones Cal (hooking), 12:10; Williams Reg (holding), 15:50; Lang Cal (tripping), 18:55; McCoy Reg (10-minute misconduct), 20:00; Williams Reg (major-fighting), 20:00; Hurley Cal (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 20:00; Roach Cal (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
Penalties-Kosterman Cal (delay of game), 1:18; Ouellette Reg (inter. on goaltender), 2:44; Macek Cal (hooking), 7:07; Humphries Cal (slashing), 15:32.
2, Calgary, Sylvester 19 19:18 (SH).
Penalties-Sylvester Cal (checking to the head), 8:49; Ouellette Reg (hooking), 12:31; Clayton Cal (delay of game), 17:34.
Shots on Goal-Regina 4-8-6-18. Calgary 10-5-15-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Regina 0 / 10; Calgary 0 / 4.
Goalies-Regina, Hewitt 8-13-1-2 (30 shots-28 saves). Calgary, Shields 5-2-0-1 (18 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Alexander Cote.
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Cody Huseby (88).