DJ Mosc gets in the groove

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

With the howling of AC/DC's Back in Black blasting from the Calgary Hitmen dressing room, Darryl Moscaluk emerged with a huge grin.

His teammates call him DJ Mosc and he showed he's getting back into the groove following a mild concussion with a big game last night, scoring two goals, including the game-winner as the Hitmen beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 at the Saddledome.

The Hitmen remain perfect on the season with a 7-0 record, a big reason for Moscaluk's grin, but the 20-year-old said it was far from a good performance for his club, which almost blew a 3-1 third period lead.

"We underestimated them and we were unfocused in the dressing room before the game," said Moscaluk, who now has four goals on the season, one more than he had through 44 games last year in what was an injury-plagued campaign.

"(Hitmen head coach) Kelly Kisio gave us heck for our preparation before the game but good teams find a way to win and we did that tonight."

Kisio was none too pleased with how his team came out, especially in the listless, scoreless opening period against the Wheaties, who fall to 2-7-1.

"I thought our guys took them lightly," said Kisio.

"We warned them that any team that lets in nine goals the previous night, they're going to feel some heat from their coaches and they're going to come in and play hard."

Brandon lost 9-4 to Red Deer Tuesday, travelled to Calgary and faced Hitmen backup Daniel Spence in goal, after Kisio gave Justin Pogge, who had started all six previous games, a night off.

It was the 17-year-old's first start and the early goings weren't too tough for Spence. He wasn't tested until Tyler Dittmer swooped down on a breakaway late in the opening frame.

In the second, the Hitmen got powerplay goals from Riley Merkley, Freddie Pettersson, who scored from a nearly impossible angle on the short side, and Moscaluk, while Cole Hunter tallied for Brandon.

For the first time all season, the Hitmen gave up a third-period goal as the Wheaties reeled off two tallies within 3:25 courtesy of Mark Derlago, at 2:10, and Hunter's second of the game.

But Moscaluk played the hero, banging in a rebound from a Brett Sonne shot at 7:36, lifting the Hitmen to victory.

ON THE DL: Scratches for the Hitmen included F Isaac Reid (charley horse), F Cam Lilley (healthy), F Ryan Letts (healthy) and F Carson McMillan (healthy).


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