CALGARY - Brady Brassart had a hat trick to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 4-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels in the opening game of their Western Hockey League second round playoff on Thursday.
Alex Roach also scored for the Hitmen, and Cody Sylvester helped out with three assists.
Calgary went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Red Deer failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.
Brassart scored the only goal of the first period before Roach notched a power-play goal at 1:21 of the second to put the Hitmen up 2-0. Just 36 seconds later, Volek responded for Red Deer before Brassart scored back-to-back goals to put the Hitmen up 4-1 through two periods.
Elson scored at 7:02 of the third to pull Red Deer within two, but that was as close as the Rebels would get.