Hitmen Win Streak Ends At Five
The win streak is halted.
Saturday night saw the Hitmen pick up a point but fall 3-2 in overtime to the Edmonton Oil Kings, in the second game of a three-in-three weekend.
Jack McNaughton stole a point for the Hitmen as he made 41 saves in a second star performance while Kaden Elder and Jake Kryski scored the markers. With assists on the night, both Egor Zamula and James Malm extended their point streak to six games. Kryski and Elder also extended their point streaks with the markers to three games.
For the Oil Kings, Vince Loschiavo, David Kope and former Hitmen Andrew Fyten scored to propel the Edmonton offence. Goaltender Dylan Myskiw ended with 32 saves to pick up the win.
The Hitmen would jump out to a 2-0 lead through the first 22 minutes of the game as Elder would score off a Malm shot that was kicked out right onto his stick that he made no mistake putting away with two minutes left in the opening stanza. Kryski would then double the lead as the 20-year-old deflected Zamula’s point shot on the powerplay for his 17th of the season.
It seemed as all things were under control until Edmonton would find a second gear and put the Hitmen on their heels with relentless forecheck. Locschiavo would get the home side on the board after a scramble draw to snap a wrist shot into the bottom corner.
As the action went back and forth, Edmonton would strike again with eight minutes left in the third period with a shot that just squeaked under the arm of McNaughton.
The Hitmen goaltender made countless highlight reel saves, with a couple key stops in the last five minutes that ensured that the Hitmen got a point.
It took just 40 seconds for Edmonton find the winner, as Fyten was left uncovered in the slot and snapped a shot through a screen to get the extra point for the Oil Kings.
Despite the win streak ending, the Hitmen now move into a tie with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Hitmen will now look to regroup as they travel back home to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the final game before the holiday break.