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One-Two Punch

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It was only a matter of time.

After the Hitmen acquired defenceman Jett Woo from the Moose Jaw Warriors in the off-season, the thought of the Vancouver Canucks prospect paired with Philadelphia Flyers prospect Egor Zamula was an exciting one.

The wait was over this past Sunday afternoon as the duo were together for the first time this season.

“They’re horses on the blueline for us,” head coach Steve Hamilton said. “You can see the impact that they have in our lineup and the luxury of playing them together or separating them, they will always be a threat.

“We know that they both have an offensive pedigree, anytime you get offence from the back end it supplements what you do up front and they are massive pieces to our team success.”

Both Woo and Zamula produced multi-point games, combining for four points (2G, 2A) in the 5-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks to extend the Hitmen win streak to four games.

The duo spent the week prior to the clash building up chemistry on ice to go along with the the chemistry already built off ice.

“After I was traded here we were talking a lot in getting to know each other better,” Woo said. “We wanted to build that bond off ice to help translate it onto the ice and I think it’s been paying off.

“It was a lot of fun playing with him, he’s a very skilled player that can do it all on both sides of the rink. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do it again.

“I like playing with him,” Zamula added. “He’s a smart player who plays fast and very strong in our zone.

“We had good chemistry and it was nice to help the team pick up another win.”

The two rearguards add an impressive one-two punch on the Hitmen blue line, further strengthening what already is a strong defensive group.

For Woo, the 19-year-old has settled in nicely into the lineup, after posting a career high 66 points (12G, 54A) for the Warriors last season.

With three points (1G, 2A) in the first five games as a Hitmen, he’s shown what he’s capable of on both sides of the rink.

“I love it here in Calgary,” Woo said. “Everyone has been welcoming with all the guys in the room, coaches, billets, and everyone behind the scenes has made the transition a smooth one.

“I take a lot of pride of putting in 100 percent no matter where the play is. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and improving each day to help give the team the best chance to pick up two points every game. We have a strong group and I can’t wait to see what we can do together.”

As for Zamula, the import continues to sky rocket in his development ever since he was acquired off Import Waivers back in the 2017/18 season.

It was all about finding his footing and gaining the confidence in playing in North America, and after a breakout performance last season with a team-high 77 points for defenceman, it’s been more of the same as he is tied for the team-lead with seven points (3G, 4A) in five games.

“I worked hard in the summer and spending time at Flyers camp helped me take the next step I wanted to take,” Zamula said. “I feel more comfortable playing in the league and want to keep progressing.

“I know I have more to work on and I’m going to do whatever it takes to reach my full potential.”

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