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Hitmen Ready For Rival Rebels
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The road has been anything but unkind of late for the Hitmen.

After back-to-back wins last week in B.C., the Hitmen are looking to pick up their third straight road win in Red Deer Friday night (7 p.m., Sportsnet 960 THE FAN, WHL Live) against the Rebels.

The Hitmen, winners of two of their last three, dropped their most recent contest against the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 15, snapping a two-game win streak.

Jakob Stukel scored his sixth goal of the year, tying Matteo Gennaro for the team lead in that category.

Red Deer saw their own two-game win streak snapped last weekend, losing 4-1 on Oct. 14 to the Saskatoon Blades, after defeating the Everett Silvertips 4-1 and Kootenay ICE 5-4.

Special teams will be an area of emphasis once again with a top powerplay squaring off against a top penalty-kill.

The Hitmen’s penalty-kill has been one of the best in the league, tied with the Hurricanes for top spot at 85.7%. The powerplay sits at 11.1%, 20th in the Dub.

The Rebels find themselves tenth in the WHL with the man-advantage at 24.7%, while their penalty-kill sits is 12th at 78%.

After the Friday night contest, the Hitmen head back home to take on the Prince George Cougars Sunday at 4 p.m.

HITMEN CAREER MILESTONES:

Mark Kastelic is one point shy of 50.

Cael Zimmerman scored his first-career WHL goal on Oct. 13 in Kelowna.

Hunter Campbell netted his first goal on Oct. 11 in Kamloops.

Hitmen

Record: 3-6-1

Goals For: 27

Goals Against: 36

Leaders:

Goals: Matteo Gennaro, Jakob Stukel (6)

Assists: Vladislav Yeryomenko, Gennaro (6)

Points: Gennaro (12)

Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 3-5-1, 3.11 GAA, .898 SV%

Rebels

Record: 5-4

Goals For: 32

Goals Against: 34

Leaders:

Goals: Mason McCarty (8)

Assists: Brandon Hagel (9)

Points:  McCarty (14)

Top Goalie: Lasse Peterson 4-2, 4.12 GAA, .872 SV%

2016/17 Head-To-Head:

Oct. 21 @ RD 4-1 L

Nov. 22 vs RD 3-1 L

Dec. 9 vs RD 3-2 OTW

Jan. 18 vs RD 4-1 W

Feb. 25 @ RD 6-3 W

Feb. 26 vs RD 7-2 L

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