October 17, 2011
Hitmenís Bubnick is a helper
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
Jimmy Bubnick had a trio of assists Sunday night.
It was only fitting he picked up another one after the final whistle.
Teammate Alex Gogolev scored a pair of goals and added a helper to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos.
Gogolev's post-game media scrum ended quickly however.
"Me no English," the Russian import said before returning to the dressing room.
Bubnick was quick to step in.
"He gets the gist of it," the overage winger said. "You just have to take your time.
"He's a smart kid. He's going to learn English pretty quick."
Brady Brassart also scored twice while Brooks Macek added a single for the Hitmen (2-4-1).
Goaltender Chris Driedger kicked out 28 shots to pick up his first win between the pipes for the Hitmen.
Brassart said Gogolev, like many Russian players who come to North America, understands more than he lets on.
"It's a lot of gestures and stuff like that," Brassart said. "He gets it if you're explaining plays on the ice.
"With him, sometimes I think he acts like he doesn't know what's going on, but he does what he thinks is necessary."
He did even more than that Sunday night.
Gogolev worked a nice give-and-go with Bubnick on an early powerplay to put the home side on top.
Four minutes later, that pair helped set up Brassart's first of the night, also on the man-advantage, and the Hitmen had a two-goal cushion.
Macek scored on a 2-on-1 before Ryon Moser got the lone goal for the Broncos, who blitzed the Lethbridge Hurricanes 9-3 Saturday night.
Brassart said the quick start was essential for a team struggling to find the win column.
"We came out real strong and we fed off that," Brassart said.
"We got goals at good times and Driedger played outstanding in net tonight. That was huge. We've been waiting for one of those games.
"It's good to be on the winning side of it."
The Hitmen powerplay went into the game sputtering along at a league-worst 10% conversion rate.
A perfect two-for-two outing will help improve that number.
"We've been working on our special teams," Bubnick said.
"That was the focal point of our practices.
"We've addressed some issues and it's going well now."
The Hitmen head out for a two game road trip -- Tuesday in Swift Current, Thursday in Regina -- before returning to the Dome to host the defending WHL-champion Kootenay Ice.