Unlucky bounce betters Hitmen

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

The bus trip from Swift Current is never a short one.

Last night, it seemed even longer for the Calgary Hitmen.

Speedy Creek goaltender Kyle Moir, a Calgary product, made 31 saves as the lowly Broncos blanked the Hitmen 1-0.

Co-coach Dean Evason was clearly upset with his squad, which managed just a single point in two nights against two last-place teams.

"We're certainly disappointed," Evason said. "We were pretty good defensively but we need to find ways to win these hockey games."

The difference in the game was a Luke Hunter dump-in from his own side of centre that bounced past a startled Justin Pogge between the Calgary pipes.

"It was a very unfortunate bounce," Evason said. "The puck was on end and it jumped about five feet to the left of Pogge and it found the empty net."

Calgary's inability to score -- especially on the powerplay, which was a dismal 1-for-12 on the trip -- had Evason searching for answers.

"We're struggling to score goals right now," Evason said.

"With the tight games we're playing, there's a lot of clutching and grabbing and we're not battling through and finding ways to score those goals that will be very important down the stretch.

"We have to have more of a willingness to compete. We need to fight through checks to get to that core area and we didn't do that tonight."

The Hitmen will get a boost this weekend with the expected return of captain Ryan Getzlaf.

Calgary hosts the first-place Kootenay Ice Saturday (7 p.m., The Fan 960).


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