Hitmen embark on U.S. journey

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen have been unbeatable for the past month.

Riding an 11-game winning streak, the Hitmen haven't tasted defeat since a 3-2 overtime setback Oct. 29 in Prince Albert.

But that streak is about to be put to the ultimate test.

Beginning tonight (8 p.m., Fan960) in Spokane against the defending Memorial Cup champion Chiefs, the Hitmen will play five road games in seven nights.

Winger Ian Schultz knows his club (24-4-1-0) has its work cut out for it this week.

"We're going into some pretty tough barns," Schultz said of the U.S. trip that will include stops in Portland (Friday), Tri-City (Saturday), Seattle (Sunday) and Everett (Tuesday).

"If you look at those teams' records, they're all 6-1 or 8-1 at home.

"But we've been playing pretty well on the road, coming off that four-game swing. Hopefully, we can carry that momentum and do the same things we did out east."

The Hitmen swept their recent four-game trip through the East Division, but this trip will be more difficult.

Each of the U.S. teams are significant threats, save for the lowly Winter Hawks.

But, if you have to go on a tough trip like this, Schultz said, there's no better time.

"It's better to go this trip now, when we're peaking, than when we come back from Christmas, because guys are a little lacksidasical and not so focused.

"This is a huge trip for our team. A lot of people are looking at us to see if we fall flat on our faces, but I like our chances."


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