Special Teams Drop Hitmen

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The road trip has been far from kind.

The Hitmen lost to the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night 5-2, to remain winless on this five-game road swing.

Luke Coleman and Mark Kastelic both scored in the middle frame, while goaltender Nick Schneider made 29 saves.

Tate Popple, Luka Burzan, Noah Gregor, Tanner Jeannot and Jayden Halbgewachs found the back of the net for the Warriors. Rookie goaltender Adam Evanoff finished with 38 saves.

Special teams ended up being the difference maker as the Warriors went 3/5 on the powerplay, scoring with the man-advantage at key moments of the game. The Hitmen went 1/5 on the night.

Moose Jaw opened the scoring just over seven minutes into the contest courtesy of Popple’s first of the season. The Warriors would then double their lead seven minutes later when Burzan would score his third of the year.

The Hitmen would storm back in the second to score twice in the span of just over two minutes. Coleman started things off on the powerplay showing off patience and good vision to walk in the high slot to fire it home.

Kastelic would then even things up after Andrei Grishakov showed off his soft hands pulling a couple of highlight reel dekes to get by a couple of Moose Jaw defenders and then centered it in front where Kastelic was ready to get it by Evanoff.

After tying things up, the Hitmen found themselves on a couple of powerplay chances to take the lead when Gregor would head off twice in a row, but couldn’t capitalize on either one.

Immediately after Gregor served his time in the sin bin, it was then the Warriors turn to head on the man-advantage.

Just 28 seconds into the powerplay, Gregor would make up for his time in the box by scoring his 12th. Two minutes later, Jennaot would add the insurance marker, also on the powerplay.

Halbgewachs would then ice the game late in the third breaking in on a partial break and slide it home for his team-leading 18th marker of the season.

The Hitmen wrap-up the road swing tomorrow night in Swift Current to take on the Broncos before finally returning home next Wednesday Nov. 22 to host the Portland Winterhawks.



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