Game Preview: Hitmen Look To Bounce Back On Road Swing
Three games in four nights.
That’s a whole lotta points up for grabs.
Tuesday night’s clash with the Prince George Cougars (8 p.m. MTN, Sportsnet 960THE FAN, WHL Live) is the first of a three-game B.C. road trip that sees matchups with the Kamloops Blazers tomorrow night and the Kelowna Rockets Friday night.
The Hitmen currently find themselves on a four-game losing streak that dates back to Oct. 29 against the Prince Albert Raiders. Their most recent setback was Sunday afternoon, falling 5-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
After trailing 4-0 after 40 minutes, the Hitmen outscored the Wheat Kings 3-1 in the final frame but the comeback fell short. With two goals last game, Matteo Gennaro has scored five goals in his last four games, and leads the club in that category.
The Cougars are coming off back-to-back overtime losses to the Kelowna Rockets on Oct. 6-7, with final scores of 7-6 and 4-3. Prior to those losses, they found themselves on a two-game winning streak, defeating the Portland Winterhawks 2-0 on Oct. 1 and the Blazers 6-2 on Oct. 4.
Last season, both teams picked up a win on home ice and will meet once more on Oct. 22 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“You earn everything you get in this game,” head coach Dallas Ferguson on last game and the outlook going forward. “We earned scoring chances but didn’t earn putting them in the back of the net. We have to find ways to stimulate ourselves, whether it’s a big goal, powerplay or penalty kill, positive or negative you have to find a way to get yourself on your toes and playing the right way,”
Goals For: 17
Goals Against: 21
Goals: Matteo Gennaro (5)
Assists: Vladislav Yeryomenko (5)
Points: Gennaro (8)
Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 1-3-1, 3.18 GAA, .889 SV%
Goals For: 22
Goals Against: 27
Goals: Kody McDonald (4)
Assists: Jared Bethune (5)
Points: McDonald (8)
Top Goalie: Tavin Grant 2-1-2, 3.33 GAA, .889 SV%
Oct. 29 vs PG 3-2 W
Jan. 14 @ PG 5-4 L