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Game Preview Hitmen vs Hurricanes Oct. 26

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It’s back home sweet home.

The Hitmen are gearing up for a four-game home stand starting Friday night in the second meeting of the season against the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a Roughnecks themed night.

Oct. 12 marked the first clash between the two clubs which saw the Hitmen hold on for a 6-5 victory in what was their first win of the season. Mark Kastelic led the charge with a three-point performance while rookie goaltender Jack McNaughton picked up his first career WHL win. Over the last five seasons the Hitmen are 11-7-1-0 against the ‘Canes including a 7-3 mark at home.

The Hitmen are coming off a five-game road swing that saw the club finish with a 3-2 mark and they have also won four of their last seven tilts with a 4-2-1 mark. The last game of the road trip saw them take on the Rebels in a 3-1 loss that snapped a three-game winning streak.

Lethbridge meanwhile are riding a two game winning streak, with an 8-3 win over Medicine Hat Saturday and a 2-1 win over the Wheat Kings Tuesday night. With points in their last five games, the Hurricanes have leapfrogged over the Tigers for second in the division.

After a successful trip, the Hitmen will now look to carry over the success on home ice in a game that will have music playing for the entire game.

“It’s going to be a completely different atmosphere especially for a hockey game,” Kastelic said. “We need to just treat it like any other game and know that it’s business as usual. We want to come away with two points.”

“We want to enjoy it but focus on the game and worry about what we can control.”

Following the contest, the Hitmen will face off against the Saskatoon Blades for the third time this month Sunday afternoon.

Hitmen Milestones:

Luke Coleman needs four goals for 50

Carson Focht is two points away from 50 in his career

Dakota Krebs is seven games away from 200

Egor Zamula is fresh off scoring his first goal of the season while riding a three-game point streak
Egor Zamula is fresh off scoring his first goal of the season while riding a three-game point streak

Hitmen Streaks:

Egor Zamula (1G, 3A) and Jake Kryski (1G, 2A) are riding three-game point streaks.

Vladislav Yeryomenko (2A) has points in back-to-back games.

In his last two starts, goaltender Carl Stankowski has a 1.50 GAA and .951 SV%.

Hitmen

Record: 4-7-2

Goals For: 42

Goals Against: 56

Leaders:

Goals: Mark Kastelic (10)

Assists: Yeryomenko (8)

Points: Mark Kastelic (17)

Powerplay Goals: Kastelic (5)

Shorthanded Goals: Luke Coleman, Kastelic (1)

Shots: Kaden Elder (45)

Top Goalie: Carl Stankowski, 2-5-2, 3.86 GAA, 0.875 SV%

Hurricanes

Record: 6-4-1-2

Goals For: 54

Goals Against: 52

Leaders:

Goals: Taylor Ross (9)

Assists: Calen Addison (12)

Points: Dylan Cozens (18)

Powerplay Goals: Ross (5)

Shorthanded Goals: Jake Elmer (2)

Shots: Jordy Bellerive (56)

Top Goalie: Reece Klassen 5-2-1-2, 3.37 GAA, .892 SV%

The Hitmen special teams play has seen significant jumps with the PP ranked 10th and the PK at 11th
The Hitmen special teams play has seen significant jumps with the PP ranked 10th and the PK at 11th

Special Teams Rankings:

Hitmen

Powerplay: 11 for 49 22.5% (10th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 78% (11th Overall)

Hurricanes

Powerplay: 18 for 68 26.5% (3rd Overall)

Penalty Kill: 74.1% (15th Overall)

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