Cael Zimmerman scored twice to lead Team Black to a 6-3 victory over Team White Tuesday afternoon at Scotiabank Saddledome in the annual Intrasquad Game to wrap up the five-day Hitmen training camp. Jacob Lamoureux, Evan Toth, Kyle Kalamaras and Luke Prokop chipped in with single tallies.
Team White saw goals come from Mason Finley, David Adasynski and Anton Yatayshin.
Lamoureux opened up the scoring for Team Black as he avoided a check and fired a wrister into the top left corner, which was then followed by back-to-back markers from Finley and Adasynski to quickly turn things around and give Team White the 2-1 lead headed into the second period.
In the middle frame, it was all Team Black with four unanswered goals with Toth, two Zimmerman goals and a Kalamaras goal on a breakaway to change the complexion of the game to give Team Black a 5-2 lead into the final 20 minutes.
Both sides traded goals in the third with Yatayshin pulling his side within one redirecting a pass into the cage but Prokop’s tally a few minutes later off a one-timer in the high slot sealed the win for Team Black.
The Hitmen will now get set to open the 2021 Western Hockey League pre-season with a home-and-home set against the Red Deer Rebels starting next Friday, September. 17 at the Peavey Mart Centrium for a 7 pm start. The action shifts to the Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex on Siksika Nation the following night, Saturday, September. 18 for another 7 pm start time.
The 2021 regular season schedule begins on the road in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes on Friday, October 1, followed by the Hitmen home opener set for Sunday, October. 3 at Scotiabank Saddledome.