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Hitmen End Road Swing In Swift Current
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The long trip ends tonight.

The Hitmen end a five-game road swing Saturday night (6 p.m., Sportsnet 960 THE FAN, WHL Live) in Swift Current to take on the high-powered Broncos offence.

Last season saw the Hitmen go 2-1-1-0 against the Broncos including a 0-1-1-0 record in Swift Current.  Matteo Gennaro led the way offensively with five points (2 G, 3 A) in the season series.

Friday night saw the Hitmen drop their fifth straight game after 5-2 loss to the hands of the Eastern Conference leaders Moose Jaw Warriors. Luke Coleman and Mark Kastelic scored the pair of Hitmen markers, while Nick Schneider finished with 29 saves.

The Hitmen have gone 0-2-2 on this road swing that started last weekend in Medicine Hat, and are 3-7 on the road. The Broncos are 6-3 on home ice.

Swift Current currently sit second in the Eastern Conference, five points back of the Warriors for first but have three games in-hand. They bounced back Friday night against the Tigers 4-3, after losing to the Warriors 7-4 on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The two clubs will meet again on Friday, Dec. 8 back in Calgary, and are slated to meet twice more after the first tilt at the ‘Dome.

Following the matchup, the Hitmen will return home for a date with the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday Nov. 22.

Hitmen Milestones To Watch:

Matteo Gennaro is two assists away from 100.

Jake Kryski needs four goals for 50.

Hitmen Streaks:

Tristen Nielsen (2 G, 3 A) and Matteo Gennaro (1 G, 3 A) are both on three-game point streaks.

Luke Coleman (2 G) has scored in back-to-back games

Hitmen

Record: 6-13-3

Goals For: 69

Goals Against: 85

Leaders:

Goals: Matteo Gennaro (13)

Assists: Jake Bean (16)

Points: Gennaro (24)

Powerplay Goals: Gennaro (7)

Short-Handed Goals: Gennaro (2)

Shots: Gennaro (97)

Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 6-10-3, 3.51 GAA, .889 SV%

Broncos

Record: 14-4-1

Goals For: 84

Goals Against: 54

Leaders:

Goals: Tyler Steenbergen (30)

Assists: Aleksi Heponiemi (35)

Points: Steenbergen, Heponiemi (51)

Powerplay Goals: Heponiemi (8)

Short-Handed Goals: Glenn Gawdin, Kaden Elder (1)

Shots: Steenbergen (92)

Top Goalie: Logan Flodell 13-3-1, 2.88 GAA, .917 SV%

Special Teams Rankings:

Hitmen

Powerplay: 16 for 89 18% (17th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 80.2% (6th Overall)

Broncos  

Powerplay: 27 for 73 37% (1st Overall)

Penalty Kill: 77.5% (11th Overall)

 

 

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