Hitmen shut down losing skid

SCOTT FISHER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

The Calgary Hitmen ended their worst slump in recent memory.

They grabbed a road victory last night over a division foe they hadn't beaten all WHL season. And their goaltender picked up the shutout.

Not bad for a night's work.

Kris Foucault led the charge with a goal and an assist as the Hitmen beat the Hurricanes 3-0 last night in Lethbridge.

Hitmen head coach Mike Williamson was much happier with his players after the sound defensive effort.

"Our play away from the puck and the way we worked together to get it back, that was a lot better," Williamson said.

Michael Stone and Cody Sylvester also scored at the Enmax Centre as the Hitmen beat the Hurricanes for the first time this season (1-2).

The victory comes on the heels of a miserable eight-game slate that saw the team go 2-6, the worst slump the franchise has endured in nearly eight years.

They'll have an opportunity to build on the win tonight at the Saddledome against the visiting Kootenay Ice (5 p.m., fan960.com).

It won't be easy, though. The Ice beat the Spokane Chiefs 4-3 last night for their 11th straight victory.

Team Canada world junior goaltender Martin Jones kicked out all 24 shots last night to record his second goose-egg of the season and his second victory since returning from the world junior tournament.

The Hitmen improved to 29-14-2 and remained two points back of the Medicine Hat Tigers for the Central Division lead.

Hurricanes goalie Linden Rowat, a Cochrane product, made 34 saves for the 'Canes.

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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