Calgary Herald article (Another crushing defeat for the Hitmen)October 30 2010 at 7:52 AM
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Another crushing defeat for the Hitmen
Fifth straight loss
By Kristen Odland, Calgary Herald
October 30, 2010 5:05 AM
The struggles continue for the Calgary Hitmen.
Except this time, things really went off the rails for the 2010 Western Hockey League champions who were lit up 7-2 by the visiting Chilliwack Bruins -- stunningly Calgary's fifth straight loss.
After Friday's one-sided affair at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary drops to 4-9 while Chilliwack improved to 8-4. But they'll have no time to sulk as the East Division-leading Saskatoon Blades drop in to give the Hitmen a scare on Halloween Sunday (2 p.m., Fan 960).
Before the game even started, the Hitmen were down two of their veteran leaders and point-producers as Kris Foucault (shoulder) and Cody Beach both sat out with upper body injuries.
Less than five minutes had elapsed and the Hitmen found themselves down 2-0. However their offence -- which had only scored four goals in the previous four outings -- received a serious jolt when Calgary's Justin Kirsch potted his team-leading sixth goal of the season and Trevor Cheek notched his first in Hitmen silks.
At that point, they'd put together a fine period of hockey and had things clicking. But that momentum was only temporary as Bruins' Robin Soudek and Chris Collins (shorthanded) made it 4-2 before the first period was over.
The Hitmen also couldn't connect on their power play chances -- scoring on only one of 10 opportunities.
Chilliwack's Roman Horak scored a pair while Brandon Manning, Kevin Sundher, and Brandon Magee also scored. Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Howse had an outstanding night with three assists and created a ton of space for his linemates Horak and Soudek.
Hitmen goalie Michael Snider, who relieved Juraj Holly after letting in the opening two goals, wasn't all to blame for the loss which saw sloppy defensive play and a lack of discipline for the latter half of the game.
Snider turned aside 20 of 25 shots. On the other end, Lucas Gore stood on his head and made 30 saves. Oddly enough, the Hitmen outshot the Bruins 14-5 in the second period.
On Friday, the Bruins showed up in Calgary boasting the league's best power play unit operating at 30.4 per cent with 21 goals tapped in this season.
And, in front of an announced Scotiabank Saddledome attendance of 7,813, they used the Hitmen to pad their stats, connecting on two of six man-advantage opportunities.
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