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Hitmen Set For Final Bout Against Tigers

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The road trip ends, but the busy stretch continues on.

It’s a Tuesday night clash as the Hitmen take on the Medicine Hat Tigers, (7 p.m., WHL Live, Sportsnet 960 THE FAN/Alt Stream) to wrap up the season series.

Through the first five games of the series the Hitmen have gone 2-2-1 against their Central Division opponents, being outscored 19-13. The last contest saw the Hitmen come away in dramatic fashion with a 5-4 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 11. Conner Chaulk broke the tie with 1:48 left in the contest for the win. Mark Kastelic (1G, 4A) leads the Hitmen with five points against Medicine Hat, while Jakob Stukel (3G, 1A) and Luke Coleman (1G, 3A) both have four.

Last outing saw the Hitmen fall 4-3 in overtime to the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday evening and have earned at least a point in eight of their last 11 games posting a record of 4-3-4-0. Kastelic scored twice to reach 20 goals on the year for the first time in his WHL career, while Carson Focht added the other marker. Goaltender Matthew Armitage ended with 40 saves, including 24 in the third period to steal a point for the Hitmen.


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Medicine Hat also last played Saturday night, losing to the Red Deer Rebels 6-2 for only their second regulation loss in their last ten games played. With a 7-2-1 mark in the stretch of games, the Tigers continue to hold onto first in the Central Division with an eight point lead over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Hitmen will have little time for rest as they’ll head back home to take on the Kootenay ICE Wednesday night at the Saddledome for the first meeting since Dec. 28, and the last meeting between the rivals.


Hitmen Streaks

With points in nine of his last ten games played, Jakob Stukel has tied his career high in points in a season with 60

Tristen Nielsen (5G, 5A) is on a career high six-game point streak.

Carson Focht (2G, 2A) and Mark Kastelic (3G) have both scored in back-to-back games.

Conner Chaulk (2A) and Cael Zimmerman (2A) are on two-game point streaks.

Jakob Stukel (9G, 10A) has points in 10 of his last 11 games.


Hitmen Milestones

Zach Huber scored his first career WHL goal on March 2 against the Edmonton Oil Kings
Zach Huber scored his first career WHL goal on March 2 against the Edmonton Oil Kings

Mark Kastelic is two assists away from 50.

Luke Coleman needs six points for 100.

Tristen Nielsen is one game away from 100.


Hitmen

Record: 21-36-9-2

Goals For: 210

Goals Against: 265

Leaders:

Goals: Jakob Stukel (35)

Assists: Jake Kryski (36)

Points: Stukel (60)

Powerplay Goals: Vladislav Yeryomenko, Mark Kastelic (7)

Shorthanded Goals: Luke Coleman (3)

Shots: Stukel (221)

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


Tigers

Record: 35-26-8

Goals For: 253

Goals Against: 244

Leaders:

Goals: Mark Rassell (50)

Assists: David Quenneville (53)

Points: Rassell, Quenneville (79)

Powerplay Goals: Quenneville (12)

Shorthanded Goals: Ryan Jevne, James Hamblin (3)

Shots: Rassell (304)

Top Goalie: Michael Bullion 19-14-3, 3.26 GAA, .890 SV%


Special Teams Rankings

Through the five games of the season series, the Hitmen have gone 3-for-17 on the powerplay (17.6%) while allowing five powerplay markers
Through the five games of the season series, the Hitmen have gone 3-for-17 on the powerplay (17.6%) while allowing five powerplay markers

Hitmen

Powerplay: 48 for 269 17.8% (19th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 77.7% (13th Overall)

Tigers

Powerplay: 61 for 266 22.9% (11th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 75.4% (18th Overall)

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