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Hitmen Win Streak Comes To A Halt

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The streak ends at three.

The Hitmen winning streak came to an end Tuesday night in Red Deer as they dropped a tough defensive battle 3-1 to end the five-game road swing.

Egor Zamula scored the lone Hitmen goal for his first of the season while goaltender Carl Stankowski was sensational, keeping his team in the contest all night making 27 saves for a second star performance.

Alexander Alexeyev scored a pair of goals to propel the Rebels to the win and leading scorer Brandon Hagel provided the insurance marker with an empty net goal late in the third. Ethan Anders finished with 30 saves to pick up the win.

Three of the total four goals were scored in the opening 20 minutes which saw the Rebels jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Alexeyev would score just two minutes into the contest off a point shot through a screen that found its way into the top corner. He would add another marker 12 minutes later that appeared to take an unlucky bounce into the net off another point shot.

Zamula would respond on the powerplay with just three minutes left in the stanza as he would capitalize on a broken play at the side of the net and burry his first of the season.

With a one-goal lead, the Rebels would play the trap game as they didn’t give up an inch off room in their own zone as the Hitmen were held to outside shots and struggled to crash the net for rebounds.

Stankowski would do his job as he made countless highlight reel saves, with a couple cross crease saves, a breakaway stop and also denying a late penalty shot in the final minutes of the third.

The Hitmen were almost able to tie the game up on a powerplay but failed to connect as the best chance came when Zamula fired a wrist shot wide on a similar looking play as their opening goal. They would finish 1/2 with the man-advantage while killing off the only penalty they took all game.

With the loss, the Hitmen ended the road trip with a 3-2 mark as they now gear up for a four-game homestand. It all starts Friday night as they welcome the Lethbridge Hurricanes to the ‘Dome, and then will take on the Saskatoon Blades for the third time this month Sunday afternoon.

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