Hitmen Get Back In Win Column

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The skid is over.

The Hitmen defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 Wednesday night to snap a five game losing streak and improve their record to 2-5-1 on the season, while the Blazers remain winless at 0-9.

Andrew Fyten, Luke Coleman, Jakob Stukel and Hunter Campbell all scored for the Hitmen, while Nick Schneider was solid all night making 30 saves, and had a bounce back performance after being pulled the night before.

Luc Smith and Quinn Benjafield would score for the Blazers, and Dylan Ferguson finished the night with 52 saves in a losing effort.

The Hitmen came out the gates firing everything and anything on net, setting a team road record of 56 shots on goal. 14 shots were fired on Ferguson in the first period alone, where Fyten would score after a quick turnaround shot in the slot gave the Hitmen the lead headed into the second.

Fyten’s second goal of the season marked the first time this season that the Hitmen would score the first goal of the game, a point of emphasis that head coach Dallas Ferguson has wanted to see from the club.

The Blazers tied the game up at 7:28 of the middle stanza, but the tie didn’t last for long as Coleman would find himself on a breakaway 23 seconds later and would beat the Blazers goaltender to restore the lead. Just over a minute later, Stukel would find a loose puck in front and slide home his fourth of the season to give the Hitmen a two-goal leaded into the final 20 minutes.

Halfway through the third, Zach Huber flipped the puck in the crease from behind the Blazers net where Campbell was able to get a piece of it for his first career WHL goal. The Blazers would get one late but Campbell’s marker iced the game and ensured a Hitmen victory.

The Hitmen now head to Kelowna for the final game of a three game B.C. road trip, and return home on Sunday to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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