Foucault powers Hitmen to victory

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Kris Foucault loves playing in Brandon.

The Calgary Hitmen sniper ripped the Wheat Kings apart in last year's playoff series and was named the Eastern Conference final MVP.

He earned a few more enemies in the Wheat City last night, scoring a pair of goals and setting up another as the Hitmen beat the Wheaties 4-3 in a shootout.

Foucault's penchant for coming up with huge performances in Brandon -- the host city of this season's Memorial Cup -- bodes well for the Hitmen.

"Yeah, I think I brought some of the luck from last year's playoffs," Foucault said after the Hitmen improved to 6-1 on the season.

"If I keep going like this, maybe I'll have a couple of big games out here when we make the Memorial Cup," he said with a laugh.

Cody Gross scored the other Hitmen goal in regulation time while Joel Broda and Brandon Kozun earned the extra point for the Hitmen with shootout goals.

Matt Calvert replied with a pair of goals and also found the twine in the shootout for the Wheat Kings, while Jay Fehr had a single.

With Hitmen starting goaltender Martin Jones still nursing an ankle injury, Michael Snider stepped up with another big game.

"He was unreal," Foucault said. "If this had been a home game, I think he would have been the first star.

"He made some huge saves."

Snider made 30 stops, and even picked up an assist, as Calgary ran its road record to 5-0. Brandon starter Andrew Hayes faced 31 shots.

Coming off a subpar performance Sunday that resulted in the club's lone loss -- a 4-3 setback to the Moose Jaw Warriors -- the Hitmen got their game straightened out.

"We took (the loss) well," Foucault said. "All the guys knew what we needed to do.

"We had to get back to grinding it out. We weren't getting to the danger areas."

After a scoreless opening period, it didn't take the Wheat Kings long to find the scoreboard in the middle frame.

Snider sprawled to rob Finnish import Toni Rajala, playing in his first WHL game, on a 2-on-1.

But Brayden Schenn grabbed the rebound and centred to Calvert, who scored his first of the season at the 11-second mark.Foucault evened the score when his shot trickled through Hayes and was inadvertently knocked into the net by a Wheaties defender.

The Hitmen's road trip continues tomorrow night in Regina and wraps up Saturday in Moose Jaw.

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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