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Familiar Faces Face Off

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It’s the first game against an old team.

The Hitmen continue their home stand Wednesday night when they take on the Tri-City Americans, (7p.m., WHL Live, Sportsnet 960 THE FAN) in Carson Focht and Dakota Krebs first game against their former club.

The matchup also sees former Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean return to the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time in Tri-City colours.

Wednesday is the first and lone meeting of the season between the clubs, as the last time the Americans visited the Dome, the Hitmen came away with 4-3 victory on Nov. 14, 2015. The victory saw Jakob Stukel score his first career hat-trick.

The Hitmen are coming off a 5-4 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers Sunday afternoon, with Conner Chaulk striking twice, including the game-winner. Focht also scored a pair while Krebs provided the other marker. In their last four home tilts the Hitmen have won three games and currently are 2-1-0-1 in their last four contests.


Highlights Hitmen vs Tigers Feb. 11


Tri-City head into the matchup after a 6-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Tuesday night to start off a four-game road swing. The win also snapped a four-game losing streak for the Americans as they continue to hold onto the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference with 64 points. In their last 10 games played, they have gone 5-3-1-1, and sit just one point back of the Spokane Chiefs for third in the U.S. Division.

The Hitmen meanwhile sit 10 points back of the Kootenay ICE for third in the Central Division, with two games in hand.

Following the contest, the Hitmen will have a few days off before welcoming the Saskatoon Blades to the Saddledome Sunday afternoon.

Hitmen Streaks:

Conner Chaulk (3G) has scored in two of his last three games

Carson Focht (2G, 1A) has points in two of his last three contests.

Tristen Nielsen (2G, 4A) has points in four of his last five games.

Nick Schneider has made three straight starts in goal.

Hitmen Milestones:

Jake Kryski needs two points for 150 and five assists for 100.

Jakob Stukel is two games away from 250.

Luke Coleman is one assist shy of 50.

Hitmen

Record: 17-31-5-2

Goals For: 166

Goals Against: 216

Leaders:

Goals: Jakob Stukel (26)

Assists: Jake Kryski (27)

Points: Stukel (41)

Powerplay Goals: Vladislav Yeryomenko, Mark Kastelic (6)

Shorthanded Goals: Luke Coleman (3)

Shots: Stukel (165)

Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 16-25-5-2, 3.70 GAA, .887 SV%

Americans

Record: 28-19-7-1

Goals For: 197

Goals Against: 192

Leaders:

Goals: Jordan Topping (31)

Assists: Morgan Geekie (43)

Points: Geekie (64)

Powerplay Goals: Michael Rasmussen, Topping (11)

Shorthanded Goals: Parker AuCoin (3)

Shots: Dylan Coghlan (196)

Top Goalie: Patrick Dea 15-11-6, 3.22 GAA, .914 SV%

Special Teams Rankings:

Hitmen

Powerplay: 42 for 226 18.6% (18th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 78.5% (11th Overall)

Americans

Powerplay: 60 for 224 26.8% (2nd Overall)

Penalty Kill: 77.5% (13th Overall)

 

 

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