Encore! Encore!

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There was no stopping him.

Sunday afternoon saw Hitmen forward Carson Focht score a career-high four points (1G, 3A) in a 7-3 win over division rivals Kootenay.

It was, without question, his best offensive performance of the season.

“I had no idea about it,” he said on the milestone. “It was a big game for us to bounce back from the four game slide we were on. It was a big team win and my main focus was to do whatever I could to get us the two points.

“I felt good out there right from the start. Our line was moving really well and causing problems on the forecheck for them. It was nice to contribute offensively.”

The Regina native has had three point efforts on three separate occasions, but his career night couldn’t have come at a more crucial time.

And now, the confidence is oozing.

“I think it wasn’t just a confidence boost for me but for the whole team also,” Focht said. “We know we can play like that every night and it’s good to see what we are capable of when we stick to our gameplan. It was good to get back on the winning track before heading out onto the road and I think everyone is rejuvenated after that big win.

“We pride ourselves and being hard working. We have the right mix of skill and work ethic which is a good combination to have to be successful.”

With a season-high seven-game road swing set to get underway Friday night in Cranbrook, four of the games will see the Hitmen travel down to the U.S. On the trip, the 18-year-old will head back to the rink where he started his junior hockey career when they visit the Tri-City Americans on Nov. 24.

Focht was selected in the first round by the Americans in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and spent parts of two seasons with the club before he was acquired by the Hitmen in a six-player deal.

“It’s a game I’m really looking forward to and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since I arrived that I would one day be headed back to play there,” he said. “It’ll be a fun night to play against the guys I came up with in the league and to see a lot of familiar faces.

“It’ll be great to reconnect and get to see my old billet family.”

With 52 career games with the Hitmen, Focht has settled in nicely into the lineup with 30 points in that span, all while becoming a threat offensively.

“It’s a first class organization,” he said. “It was a bit of a change coming over to play in a big hockey market but I’ve loved every minute of it since.

“I know we had a tough start to the year but I think we’ll really come into our own and I want to help get us over the hump and go on a run.”

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