Ignited by a lackluster nine-point start to the season, Kootenay came into Calgary with something to prove.
Forward, Brady Brassart summed up the result, “Honestly, I think they just outworked us, plain and simple. They put it in our zone and outworked us down low. We didn’t do the same to them.”
The Ice handed the Hitmen their fifth regulation loss of the season while capturing their fifth win in a 4-0 performance at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night.
“Execution wasn’t there, effort wasn’t there. I think a little bit was that we looked at where we were and where they were in the standings and obviously didn’t play the game we needed to,” added Brassart, who will be representing Team WHL at the 2012 Subway Super Series on Nov 14th and 15th.
Kootenay made their game plan apparent only 21 seconds in as Brock Montgomery chipped in a rebound past starting Hitmen netminder, Mack Shields.
Montgomery would add another digit to his team-leading scoring tally, putting the visitors up 2-0 to close out the opening frame.
It went from a pair of goals to a pair of fights early in the second stanza as Kenton Helgesen and Spencer Humphries each dropped the mitts, hoping to ignite a spark under the Hitmen bench.
As the clock wound down, the Hitmen sticks stayed at bay with Kootenay putting a stamp on the victory a duo of third period goals.
Interesting enough, the last time Calgary was blanked at the Dome was on Feb. 12, 2012 in a 4-0 loss to Kootenay.
Calgary now holds a 1-1 season series record against Kootenay, after taking the home opener by a score of 5-1. The two teams will meet up six more times before the regular season comes to a close.
Mackenzie Skapski made 17 saves in the Ice net to record his second shutout of the season as Kootenay outshot Calgary 31-17.
The Hitmen return to action on Sunday, November 18 when they host the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Join us for brunch before the game in the Avison Young Club Dining Room starting at noon. For brunch reservations, call 403-571-9733. The reservation line is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tickets for upcoming Hitmen games are available at all Ticketmaster locations as well as the Scotiabank Saddledome box office. Order online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. For more information on tickets, including the Sunday Ticket Pack and Name Your Game Flex Package, visit www.hitmenhockey.com or contact customer service at 403-777-4646.