Hitmen have fight in 'em

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

BRANDON — No one can question the Calgary Hitmen’s intensity level.

Wingers Kris Foucault and Rigby Burgart dropped the gloves during Monday’s practice and exchanged a few punches.

Foucault, who made a nice pass to set up Jimmy Bubnick’s first goal against the Windsor Spitfires later that night, said there was nothing to the quick skirmish.

“When we’ve been with each other for 105 games so far, people get at each other’s throats a little bit,” Foucault said with a smile.

“Me and Rigs are fine now. It was heat of the moment.

“Boys will be boys.”

Hall of a player

Taylor Hall has impressed everyone who has seen him play at the Memorial Cup.

Even his Windsor Spitfires teammates end up shaking their heads in disbelief from time to time.

Linemate Adam Henrique said he never knows what the highly touted prospect is going to do next.

“He’s been huge for us all year,” Henrique said. “He’s an unbelievable player. You think you’re impressed by him, and then he does something and takes it to a whole new level.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play with him the last two years, so I feel pretty honoured.”

Henrique has enjoyed a productive post-season himself.

The New Jersey Devils prospect is one of four Team Canada world junior stars on the Spitfires roster.

“I’ve felt confident in my play throughout the playoffs,” said Henrique, who tied for the OHL playoff lead with 20 goals. I just want to help the team every night, and I think I’m the most surprised that I had that many goals. But with this group of guys, it’s pretty special to go on a run like this."

Kozun still not 100%

Don’t expect to see Brandon Kozun in the lineup until the Calgary Hitmen are facing elimination.

The CHL’s top scorer continues to rehab his injured ankle in hopes of being ready for the weekend.

Head coach Mike Williamson was asked during Monday’s post-game press conference who would replace Kozun’s offensive production.

“There isn’t anyone,” Williamson said. “We’re not going to replace Brandon Kozun with one player. We’ve got a lot of depth on our hockey team.

“We have to expect more out of everybody in the lineup.”

Jones can bounce back

Martin Jones didn’t have his best game.

He admitted he’d like a couple of goals back from Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Windsor Spitfires.

But Hitmen head coach Mike Williamson isn’t worried about his goaltender moving forward.

“I think overall, he played really well,” Williamson said. “I think there were a couple (of goals) that most nights he’d get a piece of.

“But when it was 2-0 and 3-0, he made some spectacular saves and shut the door to allow us to get back in the game.”

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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