Hitmen show bite in win over Cats

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

If the Cougars are looking for someone to blame, they might want to point the finger at the Saskatoon Blades.

The Blades embarrassed -- and apparently angered -- the Calgary Hitmen Sunday afternoon.

Last night, the Hitmen took out their frustrations on the Prince George Cougars.

Carson McMillan scored a pair of goals as the Hitmen struck for a trio of powerplay markers and added a shorthanded tally in a 7-2 romp over the Cats at the 'Dome.

Defenceman Keith Sea-brook, who had three assists, said his club was eager to atone for Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Blades.

"We weren't taking anything for granted tonight," the 20-year-old blueliner said. "We were assertive, and we did all the right things.

"It was a revenge game after that performance on Sunday."

Ian Schultz, Brett Sonne, Brendan Rowinski, Chase Schaber and Austin Madaisky -- with his first career WHL goal -- also lit the lamp for the Hitmen (8-3).

Alex Poulter and Brian Matte replied for the Cougars (6-4), who were playing their third tilt of a season-long, nine-game road trip.

Home-side goaltender Marty Jones kicked out 14 shots, including Brett Connolly's third-period penalty shot attempt, for his third victory of the season.

Seabrook, one of the club's three overagers, said he's starting to feel a lot more comfortable after dealing with an injury last season.

"I've got my confidence back up," the Washington Capitals prospect said.

"Last season, I was playing catch-up after that injury and I didn't feel like myself.

"But I'm feeling good now, and I'm playing more of an offensive role."

The Hitmen jumped all over the visitors in the opening period, outshooting them 12-2 and grabbing a 2-0 lead.

They had a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes.

The Hitmen are back at the 'Dome tonight (7 p.m., The Fan 960) to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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