Road Woes Continue For Hitmen

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The first road trip of 2018 hasn’t been kind.

The Hitmen fell to the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-1 Friday night, and have now lost the first two games of a three-game road trip.

Friday’s loss also set the record back to 13-24-5-1, with the losing skid now at three games.

Vladislav Yeryomenko scored the lone Hitmen goal, while goaltender Nick Schneider made 36 saves.

Zack Wytinck, Caiden Daley, Connor Guteneberg and Linden McCorrister all scored for the Wheat Kings. Logan Thompson finished with 28 saves.

For the second straight game, the opposing team would jump on a slow start by the Hitmen and capitalize with goals in the first 20 minutes of play. After finding themselves down 3-1 after the first in Moose Jaw Wednesday night, the Hitmen found themselves trailing to the Wheat Kings 2-0 headed into the second stanza.

Wytinck would first score over four minutes in with a wrist-shot in the high slot for the early lead, until Daley would deflect a Wytinck pass past Schneider just three minutes later.

The Hitmen appeared to have cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second period when Jakob Stukel outwaited Thompson to slide it past the Wheat Kings goaltender but the goal was waved off. The explanation given to head coach Dallas Ferguson was an offside play that left the bench boss and the rest of the team confused by the call.

After the goal was called off, neither side could muster up any offence and the score remained 2-0 after 40 minutes.

Gutenberg would give the Wheat Kings a 3-0 lead 6 minutes into the final period, before the Hitmen were able to get one back that stood. With a 5-on-3 powerplay just about to expire, Yeryomenko threw a shot from the point that hit a body in front and found its way in to cut the deficit to two.

The Wheat Kings were able to get one more thanks to McCorrister’s 13th of the season that ended up icing the game.

The Hitmen will now finish their road trip Saturday night when they visit the Regina Pats.

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