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Hitmen Look To Keep Rolling Against Raiders

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The weekend sweep is in sight.

Saturday night marks the last meeting of the season against the Prince Albert Raiders, (6 p.m., WHL Live, Sportsnet 960 THE FAN) and ends a three games in four nights stretch.

The Hitmen have posted a record of 1-1-1-0 against the Raiders, with two of the three tilts being decided in overtime.  Jakob Stukel (4A) and Riley Stotts (1G, 3A) lead the Hitmen with four points each in the season series.  Vladislav Yeryomenko (3a) is next with three.

Last meeting between the clubs saw the Hitmen erase a 3-1 deficit with less than four minutes left in the third period. Conner Chaulk would then go on to score the overtime winner to complete the comeback.

The Hitmen will look to go a perfect two-for-two for the weekend after a 5-4 overtime win Friday night against Saskatoon. Tristen Nielsen tallied his first career WHL hat-trick with Mark Kastelic and Carson Focht adding the other markers. Focht and Egor Zamula both had three point nights as the Hitmen came back from being down 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3.

Prince Albert meanwhile has been on a roll as of late, as the Raiders have won eight straight after a 6-4 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. The stretch of 8-2 in their last 10 games played has been a large reason why the Raiders currently hold the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. With five games remaining, Prince Albert sit five points ahead of the Blades.

The four-game road swing will come to an end Tuesday evening for the Hitmen, for one last clash against Central Division rivals Medicine Hat. The following night will see the club return home to take on the Kootenay ICE.


Hitmen Streaks

Nielsen's recent streak has pushed the forward to 32 points in 46 games
Nielsen’s recent streak has pushed the forward to 32 points in 46 games

Tristen Nielsen (5G, 3A) is on a five-game point streak.

Mark Kastelic (3G) has goals in three of his last four games.

Jake Kryski (5G, 9A) has points in eight of his last 10 outings.

Conner Chaulk (4A) has points in two of his last three games.


Hitmen Milestones

Nick Schneider recently played in his 200th career WHL game Wednesday in Swift Current
Nick Schneider recently played in his 200th career WHL game Wednesday in Swift Current

Mark Kastelic is two assists away from 50.

Luke Coleman needs six points for 100.

Tristen Nielsen is two games away from 100.


Hitmen

Record: 21-36-8-2

Goals For: 207

Goals Against: 261

Leaders:

Goals: Jakob Stukel (35)

Assists: Jake Kryski (36)

Points: Stukel (59)

Powerplay Goals: Vladislav Yeryomenko (7)

Shorthanded Goals: Luke Coleman (3)

Shots: Stukel (221)

Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 19-29-8-2, 3.68 GAA, .885 SV%


Raiders

Record: 31-25-9-2

Goals For: 233

Goals Against: 235

Leaders:

Goals: Jordy Stallard (42)

Assists: Cole Fonstad (51)

Points: Stallard (85)

Powerplay Goals: Stallard (17)

Shorthanded Goals: Parker Kelly (3)

Shots: Stallard (224)

Top Goalie: Ian Scott 23-15-3-2, 3.18 GAA, .895 SV%


Special Teams Rankings

The Hitmen scored two shorthanded goals Friday night with Mark Kastelic scoring the first marker
The Hitmen scored two shorthanded goals Friday night with Mark Kastelic scoring the first marker

Hitmen

Powerplay: 47 for 266 17.7% (19th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 77.8% (12th Overall)

Raiders

Powerplay: 50 for 249 20.1% (16th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 81.5% (2nd Overall)

 

 

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