Hitmen can't find answer for Warriors

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

The Tribe has been nothing but trouble for the Calgary Hitmen this season.

Led by WHL scoring leader Jason Bast, the Warriors beat the Hitmen 6-3 last night in Moose Jaw.

The Hitmen fell to 7-2 on the season with both losses coming at the hands of the Warriors.

Bast scored a hat-trick and was a plus-4 while Cody Smuk, Spencer Edwards and Quinton Howden also found the net behind Hitmen rookie Chase Komistek, who made his WHL debut.

Bast has six goals and nine points in his last three outings.

Hitmen bench boss Mike Williamson refused to blame his young 'tender, who surrendered five markers, for the loss.

"We didn't play well enough in front of him," Williamson said. "It was his first start, and he made some good stops early (in the game).

"We didn't deserve to win tonight. We didn't have enough guys willing to pay the price."

Cody Sylvester, Michael Stone and Joel Broda replied for the Hitmen, who were playing their third road game in as many nights.

The Hitmen held a 32-28 advantage on the shot clock, while both teams finished 1-for-3 on the powerplay.

Williamson said he was at a loss to explain why his team refuses to show up against the Warriors, who improved to 6-4.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I think we were better in Calgary than we were (in Moose Jaw). We played with a lot of desperation in the two previous (wins) in Brandon and Regina.

"Tonight, we didn't play a team game. We had a lot of turnovers, a lot of one-on-one play, and I thought we played right into their hands."

The Hitmen scored a pair of quick goals in the third period to make it a 3-2 game, but couldn't complete the comeback.

"I think there was some desperation in the third," Williamson said. "The guys believed and wanted to pull it out. But there's no reason to be coming back from a three-goal deficit."

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


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