The first three-in-three didn’t go as hoped.
The Hitmen lost to the Regina Pats 4-1 Sunday afternoon and finished their weekend set of games with a 1-2 mark.
With the loss, the record now drops to 8-16-3-1 as the club still searches to string together consecutive wins.
“We never found energy throughout the course of the game,” head coach Dallas Ferguson. “It didn’t seem like we had much enthusiasm.”
“You have to match their competitiveness and work ethic. That’s where we fell short tonight.”
Jake Kryski scored the lone Hitmen goal, while back-up goaltender Matthew Armitage made 26 saves in just his fourth WHL game.
Josh Mahura, Bryan Lockner, Jake Leschyshyn and Koby Morrisseau scored for the Pats to help pick up their second straight win. Max Paddock finished the afternoon with 17 saves for his fifth victory of the season.
“They hemmed us in our own zone,” Kryski said on the loss. “It just didn’t happen for us tonight.”
“You can’t blame too much on it being the third game. We needed to come out stronger.”
At 3:11 of the first, Mahura would put the Pats on the board first as he unload a point shot that went through a maze of skates and found its way in the back of the net.
The Hitmen would tie things up on the powerplay with five minutes left in the frame, when Kryski would walk in the high slot and fire a wrister high-glove side to beat Paddock.
Regina would respond with two goals in the middle stanza the first courtesy of Lockner as he squeezed the puck under Armitage’s arm, capping off a two-on-one.
Leschyshyn would make it a 3-1 contest off a mad scramble in front just after the Hitmen killed off a penalty, but the 18 year-old was able to bury it home.
The third period saw the Hitmen only fire four shots on goal, with the first shot on net coming in when there was just four minutes left in the contest. Morrisseau would seal the deal with a late marker in the third.
“It was an interesting third period, there wasn’t a lot of zone time for both teams,” Ferguson said. “It was a lot of back-and-fourth. We didn’t generate anything on net.”
The Hitmen will now look to bounce back Friday night when the Swift Current Broncos come to town, before hosting the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday Dec.10 for The Brick Teddy Bear Toss Game.
“We have a couple of tough games but it’s a Friday and Sunday,” Ferguson said. “We should be rested and ready to go.”