Hitmen End Road Trip With Loss To Tigers

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Just over two minutes decided the game.

The Hitmen fell to the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-0 Friday night at the Canalta Centre to end a season-high seven-game road trip.

Nick Schneider for the second straight game was the major reason why the Hitmen stayed within reach all night, making 41 saves.

Elijah Brown scored twice while Mark Rassell and Ryan Chyzowski added single markers to lead the Tigers to victory. Goaltender Michael Bullion made 16 saves to earn his second-straight shutout.

The first period saw the Hitmen only muster up three shots on goal, with one of them providing the best scoring chance for both sides, as Tristen Nielsen broke in all alone on a breakaway but Bullion was able to close the gap to keep things deadlocked at zero after the first 20 minutes.

The second period was a different story.

In just the first 2:40 of the second stanza the Tigers would strike three times to jump out to a 3-0 lead, with two markers coming courtesy of Brown.

Brown would strike just over a minute in after he took a centering pass and took a partial slap shot to fire it past Schneider. Rassell would soon double the lead after Schneider made the initial stop, but the rebound was kicked out right onto the stick of the Tiger leading goal-scorer, as he fired it home for his 44th goal of the season.

After Brown scored his second of the night to make it 3-0, the Hitmen would go on a pair of powerplay’s which included a 4-on-3 man-advantage, but couldn’t capitalize to cut the lead down.

The Tigers would add one more to the scoreboard on the powerplay, and finished the night 1/5 with the man-advantage. The Hitmen went 0/2 on the night.

Sunday’s rematch clash between the two clubs marks the first game of a seven-game homestand for the Hitmen.


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