The Kamloops Blazers' power play lit up Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome like a Christmas tree on Sunday.
The Blazers scored five times with the man advantage in skating to their sixth straight WHL victory, this one 5-2 over the Calgary Hitmen.
At 8-0-1, the Blazers have the WHL's best record and are off to the second-best start in franchise history. The 1987-88 Blazers opened the season with nine straight victories.
The Blazers are the only one of the WHL's 22 teams not to have lost in regulation time. The Hitmen (6-1-2) hadn't lost in regulation time prior to Sunday.
Kamloops continues its five-game Central Division swing on Tuesday when it plays the Red Deer Rebels.
The Blazers scored those five PP goals on 10 opportunities, and now have 15 goals on 44 chances this season.
"We knew the fatigue factor could come in if we got away from the way we needed to play and spent time in the box," Calgary head coach Mike Williamson, whose club was playing its third game in three days, told Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald. "That was the two things we talked about before the game . . . how important discipline after the whistle but also discipline in terms of skating and moving our feet and not putting ourselves in position to take penalties.
"We didn't do that and, as a result, we spent time in the box."
Right-winger JC Lipon, the WHL's leading scorer, had two goals and two assists, while linemate Colin Smith scored twice and set up another. Centre Aspen Sterzer scored his first goal of the season for the Blazers.
Sterzer gave the Blazers a 3-2 lead at 15:26 of the second period, and that goal stood up as the game-winner. He is the eighth different Kamloops skater with a game-winning goal this season.
Lipon, the WHL and CHL's reigning player of the week, has 11 points in his last three games. He leads the WHL in assists (13) and points (22).
Smith moved into second in the scoring race, with 18 points, as he ran his point streak to nine games.
Brady Brassart and Brooks Macek scored for the Hitmen.
Kamloops goaltender Cole Cheveldave, who is from Calgary, stopped 13 shots in running his record to 6-0-0. By their count, the Blazers gave up only nine scoring chances.
Calgary's Chris Driedger turned aside 26 shots.
JUST NOTES: The Blazers have outscored their opposition 29-8 over the last six games. . . . The Blazers scratched RW Jordan DePape (shoulder), D Landon Cross (undisclosed), F Mitch Friesen, D Ryan Rehill and D Josh Connolly. . . . The Blazers next play at home on Oct. 26 against the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . D Austin Madaisky, 20, who is eligible to return to the Blazers, was a healthy scratch for the Springfield, Mass., Falcons' first two AHL regular-season games Saturday and Sunday.