Hitmen Continue To Roll
Make it three sweet victories in a row.
The Hitmen continued their strong play on the road as they defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 in overtime for their third straight win and also fourth victory in their last six games.
Mark Kastelic once again led the charge with a pair of goals which included the overtime winner just 45 seconds into the extra session. Luke Prokop scored his first career WHL goal while Luke Coleman also provided the other marker. Jack McNaughton put on a solid performance making 28 saves for his second win on the season.
The Wheat Kings were provided markers from Connor Gutenberg, Baron Thompson and Chad Nychuk, while goaltender Ethan Kruger made 29 saves in the loss.
Saturday night’s win marked the first time in five games the Hitmen defeated the Wheat Kings, with their last victory being Feb. 22, 2017 in a 4-3 shootout win.
The Hitmen powerplay continued to flex its offensive muscles as three of the four goals scored came with the man advantage. They also played a disciplined game as they only took one penalty for the entire game that they were able to kill off.
Kastelic got the offence going late in the first period when he was right on the doorstep to open up the scoring at 17:29. Shortly afterwards the marker, the Hitmen went right back on the powerplay with Prokop firing a one-timer that was passed over by none other than his older brother Josh for his first ‘Dub goal.
After the Wheat Kings got back within a goal headed into the third frame, Coleman took advantage of a rebound and an out of positioned Kruger to restore the two-goal lead. The Wheat Kings would storm back with a pair of goals to get back even with just ten minutes left to play in regulation.
Late in the game Stelio Mattheos drove hard to the net but ran right into McNaughton that was immediately called for goaltender interference. The rookie goaltender was banged up and took some time to shake off the hit.
The powerplay carried over into overtime and the Hitmen made them pay for it.
After the first rush attempt was quickly cleared out, the Hitmen would get in the zone and set the play up perfectly for Kastelic to walk into the high slot and fire a wrist shot in the top corner.
The Hitmen now will enjoy a few days off before they wrap-up the road-trip Tuesday night in Red Deer against the Rebels for the third meeting between the Central Division rivals.