By: Chris Dubiel
After enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend away from the rink, the Chicago Hitmen returned to their winning ways. The Hitmen hosted the Indianapolis Inferno on Friday and Saturday night, taking both games in convincing fashion. Chicago saw their record improve to 27-1-0 as of Dec. 4, while Indianapolis fell to 0-22-1.
On Friday night the Hitmen showed some signs of rust, as they were off to a slow start. The Hitmen were having trouble completing their passes until Cody Kromeich fired a quick wrister over the blocker of Indianapolis goaltender Dylan Martin at 12:33 of the first period. About four minutes later, Michael Maines tipped in a feed from Jake Matysiak on the power play. Chicago would lead Indianapolis 2-0 after the first.
The Hitmen quickly opened the scoring in the 2nd, as Danny Doyle set up Michael Delaney at 1:17. The Hitmen were in complete control from the onset of the middle frame, as Matysiak and Doyle would score later in the period. The Hitmen had 24 shots on goal in the 2nd and would finish the game with 55. Tempers flared as frustration set in for Indianapolis, causing the physical play to escalate. Sean Whiteman and Bradley Voice dropped the gloves with Whiteman able to connect on multiple strikes with his left fist. Whiteman agitated the Inferno with strong forechecking throughout the game, eventually drawing the fight with Voice.
Matysiak, Whiteman, and Doyle would add goals in the 3rd period, as Chicago cruised to an 8-0 victory. Andrew Poetzinger earned his first shutout of the season, stopping all 14 Indianapolis shots.