The Calgary Hitmen are back on top the WHL's Eastern Conference Standings. The Hitmen moved back into the penthouse Friday night with a 5-2 win in Edmonton over the Oil Kings.
Calgary, now 11-1-0-1 on the road this season, leads the conference by one point over Prince Albert and the Central Division by two points over Edmonton.
It was a come-from-behind win for the visitors who spotted the Oil Kings a 2-0 first period lead. At one point in the opening frame Edmonton had an 11-1 lead on the shot clock but the Hitmen survived the surge and escaped the first period trailing only 2-1 as Cody Sylvester notched his 17th goal of the season.
In a strange twist in the second period the Hitmen pulled even as Carson Samoridny converted on the rarely seen 3-on-1 shorthanded rush.
Zane Jones then scored a pair of third period goals to give Calgary the lead, capped by an empty net goal off the stick of Pavlo Padakin.
Calgary now 20-6-1-2 will host Edmonton tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome in the rematch.
Fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank.
Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Photo Credit: Andy Devlin
Calgary Hitmen 5 at Edmonton Oil Kings 2
Friday, December 7, 2012 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
Calgary 1 1 3 - 5
Edmonton 2 0 0 - 2
1, Edmonton, Kulda 4 2:00.
2, Edmonton, Lazar 13 (Legault, Wruck), 10:58 (PP).
3, Calgary, Sylvester 17 11:27.
Penalties-Virtanen Cal (too many men), 5:11; Virtanen Cal (checking from behind), 9:27; Chase Cal (hooking), 12:48.
4, Calgary, Samoridny 6 (Padakin, Roach), 17:39 (SH).
Penalties-Musil Edm (high sticking, high sticking), 1:39; Legault Edm (hooking), 7:51; Humphries Cal (hooking), 16:10; Sylvester Cal (roughing), 19:31; Lowe Edm (roughing), 19:31.
5, Calgary, Jones 7 (Brassart, Macek), 11:50.
6, Calgary, Jones 8 (Brassart, Macek), 16:42.
7, Calgary, Padakin 9 (Rask), 19:19 (EN).
Penalties-Moroz Edm (hooking), 13:00; Lowe Edm (delay of game), 13:21.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 13-5-20-38. Edmonton 19-6-11-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 5; Edmonton 1 / 4.
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 16-4-1-1 (36 shots-34 saves). Edmonton, Brossoit 11-4-2-3 (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Scott Fulmer (32).