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Game Preview: Hitmen At Tigers Nov. 4

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There’s no time for rest.

Not just yet.

The Hitmen wrap up a busy three-in-three weekend Sunday night in Medicine Hat for the second tilt this weekend between the Central Division rivals.

Friday night saw the Hitmen come out on top in a high scoring 7-5 game, which saw both Mark Kastelic (2G, 1A) and Jake Kryski (1G, 2A) lead the way with three points. In his first game with the Hitmen since being acquired from Vancouver, James Malm scored the game-winner with 1:20 left to play and also chipped in with an assist.

Saturday afternoon was a different story as the Hitmen weren’t able to buy a goal despite their best efforts in a 1-0 loss to the Red Deer Rebels. Despite outshooting the Rebels 34-17, the puck luck just wasn’t on their side in a game that saw them hit the post on three occasions.

Including the first game of the weekend Friday night, the Hitmen are in the midst of playing six straight against teams in the Central Division with two against the Tigers and two against the Kootenay ICE. It’s a key stretch for the club as after the set of games, they will head out for a U.S. division trip.

“We have a lot of guys who are like young pros in a sense,” head coach Steve Hamilton said. “They take care of themselves and there is no reason to believe that they can’t do the same going forward.

“They care and are heavily invested and are able to play on short rest and rise to the occasion.”

The Hitmen will enjoy some time off before returning to action on the road Friday night in Lethrbidge for the third meeting of the season against the Hurricanes.

If Carl Stankowski gets the start, he will surpass 1,000 career minutes played
If Carl Stankowski gets the start, he will surpass 1,000 career minutes played

Hitmen Milestones:

James Malm needs one goal for 50

Luke Coleman is four goals shy of 50.

Carson Focht needs one point for 50.

Dakota Krebs is three games away from 200

Jake Kryski is five games short of 300.

Kaden Elder needs six goals for 50.

Carl Stankowski is 43 minutes played shy of 1,000.

Hitmen Streaks:

Mark Kastelic (11G, 9A) has points in eight of his last 11 games.

Hitmen

Record: 5-10-2

Goals For: 58

Goals Against: 74

Leaders:

Goals: Mark Kastelic (14)

Assists: Kastelic, Jake Kryski (10)

Points: Kastelic (24)

Powerplay Goals: Kastelic (6)

Shorthanded Goals: Kastelic (2)

Shots: Kastelic (62)

Top Goalie: Carl Stankowski, 3-5-2, 4.30 GAA, 0.862 SV%

Tigers

Record: 8-7-0-2

Goals For: 56

Goals Against: 62

Leaders:

Goals: James Hamblin, Tyler Preziuso (9)

Assists: Hamblin (12)

Points: Hamblin (21)

Powerplay Goals: Several Players Tied (3)

Shorthanded Goals: Several Players Tied (1)

Shots: Ryan Jevne (63)

Top Goalie: Jordan Hollett 4-6, 3.75 GAA, 0.888 SV%

A total of five powerplay goals were scored Friday night at the 'Dome between the clubs
A total of five powerplay goals were scored Friday night at the ‘Dome between the clubs

Special Teams Rankings:

Hitmen

Powerplay: 13 for 65 20.0% (20th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 74.7% (16th Overall)

Tigers

Powerplay: 19 for 69 27.5% (3rd Overall)

Penalty Kill: 79% (7th Overall)

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