Hitmen Dominate In Win Over Warriors

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They did it all and it paid off.

The Hitmen put on quite the show with an impressive 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night, to pick up their third win in their last five games.

Mark Kastelic led the way with three points including two goals, with Jake Kryski, Cael Zimmerman and Josh Prokop added single markers. Goaltender Carl Stankowski was solid all night, stopping 30 shots for a first star performance to pick up his second win on the year.

For Moose Jaw, Alek Sukunda provided the lone goal while Brodan Salmond finished with 31 saves.

The Hitmen had arguably their best full 60 minute effort on the young season, scoring at even-strength, on the powerplay ending the game with a 2/3 mark, and shutting down the Warriors offence going a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Kryski would open the scoring 13 minutes into the first period when he picked up speed and broke in alone to fire a wrist shot into the top corner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead headed into the second. Both teams would make life difficult for the opposing offence tightening things up until Zimmerman would capitalize off a Ryder Korczak shot to pounce on the rebound for a 2-0 lead. For Korczak, it was his first career WHL point.

Then, the Hitmen would take over.

With a 5-on-3 man-advantage, they would all but put the game away as Kastelic would score not once but twice to bring his team-leading goals total to eight on the year. His first marker came off a rebound that the captain was able to clean up for the insurance marker at 8:50 of the stanza. Just under two minutes later, the 19-year-old would fire a wrist shot high into the top corner leaving the goaltender little to no chance in stopping.

The Warriors would get one back after a turnover would lead to their lone goal just a minute after but the older Prokop brother would ice the game to ensure a Hitmen win.

It was the Hitmen’s first victory over the Warriors since January 6, 2015 snapping an 11 game losing streak.

For the trio of Kastelic, Elder and Kryski, the top line has continued to produce for the Hitmen. Both Kastelic and Elder extended their point streaks to five games while Kryski now has three points in his last four tilts. Josh Prokop now also has points in back-to-back contests with his empty net marker.

The Hitmen will now wrap-up a busy stretch of four games in five nights with a clash against the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night before ending the five-game trip Tuesday night in Red Deer.

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