Third game lucky as newcomer pots first one

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Kris Foucault has been a patient man.

And he was rewarded for that last night.

With regulars Ian Schultz (upper-body injury) and Tyler Fiddler watching from the press box, Foucault got into the lineup.

He made the most of his opportunity, scoring his first-career WHL goal.

"I scored two in the playoffs last year (with Kootenay), but this was my first regular-season goal," the trade deadline acquisition said after helping the Hitmen beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-1 last night at the 'Dome.

Foucault deflected a Paul Postma shot past Edmonton starter Torrie Jung to give the Hitmen a 3-0 lead in the second period.

"Posty put it right where I needed it, (Joel) Broda had a great screen in front and I got lucky with the stick," he said.

Foucault was only playing in his third game since joining the Hitmen at the Jan. 10 deadline.

Not only did he suit up, he was inserted onto one of the team's most dangerous lines.

"It was great to be back in the lineup, especially playing with Broda and (Brandon) Kozun," he said.

"That was a surprise to me.

"I think I worked well with them. Hopefully, I can stay with them for a while."

Playing for the CHL's top-ranked team has required quite an adjustment on Foucault's behalf.

He was used to playing all kinds of minutes with the AJHL's Canmore Eagles, where was selected to play in the league's all-star game.

In Calgary, he has to fight to get on the ice.

"It was kinda tough not having any ice time," he admitted. "Having three or four shifts a game. But I knew my opportunity would come. I just had to work hard."

Foucault even saw some powerplay time last night, another situation he's used to.

"When I was in Canmore, I had 11 powerplay goals out of the 18. So maybe the coach saw that and wanted me to go out there."

The 18-year-old said he's already picked out a spot for his souvenir puck.

"It'll go up there beside the Kootenay puck, I guess."


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