Hitmen Look To Dethrone Wheat Kings

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Four games in five nights. Or better yet, eight possible points in five days.

The Hitmen are in Brandon tonight (6 p.m., Sportsnet 960 The FAN, WHL Live) for the second meeting of the season against the Wheat Kings.

After back-to-back home-and-home sets to start November, the Hitmen now enter their busiest stretch of the month with four games in five nights starting tonight in Brandon.

The two clubs last met on Oct. 8 at the ‘Dome that saw the Wheat Kings hold on for a 5-3 win following a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Hitmen vs Wheat Kings Oct. 8

Last weekend saw the Hitmen go 0-1-1 against the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers with a 4-2 setback on Nov. 10 and a 4-3 overtime loss on Nov. 11.

The Wheat Kings meanwhile are riding a two-game win streak after a 3-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades last weekend.

Headed into Tuesday night’s matchup, Matteo Gennaro (2 G), Jakob Stukel (1 G, 1 A) and Jake Bean (2 A) all have two points each to the lead the Hitmen against Brandon. Over the last five years, the Hitmen are 5-7-0-1 against the Wheaties including a 2-3-0-1 mark in Manitoba.  The two teams won’t meet again until on Friday, Jan. 12 in Brandon.

Hitmen Milestones To Watch:

Jakob Stukel is two points shy of 150. 

Matteo Gennaro is three assists away from 100.

Jake Kryski needs five goals for 50.

Hitmen Streaks:

Jake Bean (2 G, 9 A) has points in eight of his last nine games.

Jakob Stukel (2 G) has scored in back-to-back games and has points (2 G, 3 A) in three straight contests.

Matteo Gennaro (2 G, 3 A) has points in three of his last four games.

Jameson Murray (2 A) has points in back-to-back games for his first career WHL point streak.


Record: 6-11-2

Goals For: 59

Goals Against: 70


Goals: Matteo Gennaro (12)

Assists: Jake Bean (13)

Points: Gennaro (22)

Powerplay Goals: Gennaro (6)

Shorthanded Goals: Gennaro (2)

Shots: Gennaro (87)

Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 6-8-2, 3.22 GAA, .898 SV%

Wheat Kings

Record: 11-6-1

Goals For: 70

Goals Against: 57


Goals: Stelio Mattheos (11)

Assists: Ty Lewis (22)

Points: Lewis (31)

Powerplay Goals: Mattheos (9)

Shorthanded Goals: Several Players Tied (1)

Shots: Mattheos, Kale Clague (62)

Top Goalie: Logan Thompson 9-5-1, 3.10 GAA, .906 SV%

Special Teams Rankings:


Powerplay: 13 for 76 17.1% (19th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 83.9% (3rd Overall)

Wheat Kings

Powerplay: 25 for 79 31.7% (2nd Overall)

Penalty Kill: 78.4% (9th Overall)



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