Hitmen's hot streak sparks good memories
SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
The swagger is back.
A seven-game winning streak will do that for a team.
The Calgary Hitmen won their seventh straight tilt Friday night, beating the Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 at the Dome.
Last year's Hitmen squad, which re-wrote the franchise record book, put together lengthy winning streaks throughout the season.
Sniper Brandon Kozun said the feeling around the dressing room is starting to seem familiar.
"Talking to a lot of guys from other teams, they would say 'Hey, the biggest thing about you guys is we're scared to play you,' " he said.
"It would be 'Oh, it's the Calgary Hitmen.' We (instilled) that fear against teams.
"When you establish that, it's only going to help you when you have guys already scared to play you before the game even starts."
Defenceman Michael Stone said he's starting to feel that confidence return to the room.
"We go in every night expecting to win," Stone said. "I think we're getting that swagger back in here and it feels good."
A month ago, the Hitmen couldn't do anything right as they dropped seven of 10 games during one stretch.
Now, it's a different story.