Broda homes in on points

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Joel Broda is heading home -- again.

The Calgary Hitmen overager certainly enjoyed his first trip back to Moose Jaw a month after being acquired by the Hitmen last season, scoring a hat-trick and adding an assist as the visitors rolled to an 8-4 victory.

Tonight, Broda said he'll be satisfied with two points -- the ones that go in the standings.

"It worked out pretty well there last year," he said. "I'll be happy if we come out of there with two points."

The Hitmen visit Moose Jaw's Crushed Can tonight (6 p.m., Fan 960) after last night's 5-0 win in Regina.

Goaltender Michael Snider continued his stellar play, turning aside all 34 shots fired his way.

Brandon Kozun, Matt Mackenzie and Tyler Fiddler had a goal and an assist each, while Cody Beach and Kris Foucault also scored for the Hitmen (7-1).

Broda, who played 11/2 seasons for the Warriors, was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Moose Jaw last season.

"They gave me a nice ovation after the game," Broda said. "It was a nice way to end off the relationship.

"It was a good place to play. It was good to me, and I enjoyed my time there."

He's hoping for another homecoming party again tonight.

But he's not the only one looking forward to playing the Warriors, who dealt the Hitmen their only loss of the season last week at the Saddledome.

"We choked in the third period," Broda said. "We had them where we wanted them and let up.

"We're going in there with the mentality that they're the team to beat.

"We're going to be hungry."

Broda, who has a pair of goals and a helper in four games, scored in the shootout to help the Hitmen beat the Wheat Kings in Brandon Wednesday.

He's played with a half-dozen linemates since returning to the junior ranks a couple of weeks ago.

As of last night, he was on a line with Kris Foucault and Ian Schultz.

Playing with Foucault, who piled up six points in three games prior to last night, could be a good fit, Broda said.

"It's been a test to see who I'm going to fit in with," he said.

"Foucs has been burying a few pucks, and you always want to play with the guy who's hot."

The Hitmen host the Saskatoon Blades next Saturday (7 p.m. at the Dome, Fan 960).

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