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PREVIEW: MOOSE JAW AT CALGARY

Nov 07, 2012 - 15:47 GMT

HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (11-4-1-2) return to the Scotiabank Saddledome following three straight road wins and open a four-game home stand tonight when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7-7-3-2) in the back half of the home-and-home series.  Tonight kicks off a home swing that sees Calgary play eight of their next nine games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  On Sunday, November 4, Calgary capped off three games in three nights with a 2-1 overtime victory in Moose Jaw.  The Hitmen began the 3-in-3 set last Friday defeating the Pats 4-1 in Regina, followed by a 4-2 win over the Wheat Kings Saturday evening in Brandon.

VS. MOOSE JAW: Tonight is the second of four meetings between the Hitmen and Warriors with Calgary leading the season series 1-0.  Six Hitmen have one point in the series including overage forward Brooks Macek (1g) and Washington Capitals’ prospect Jaynen Rissling (1g).  Torrin White tops the Warriors with one point (1g) against Calgary.  Last season, Calgary held a 2-1-1-0 record against Moose Jaw.  Over the last five years, the Hitmen are 11-5-1-0 against the Warriors, including a 5-3 record at home.  

SERIES RECAP

Nov. 4/12 in M.J: Hitmen 2 Warriors 1 (OT)    B. Macek tallied a regulation marker while J. Rissling scored the overtime game winner

INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on Goal: CAL 25  M.J 26        Power Plays: CAL 0-5 (0%)  M.J 0-3 (0%)       Next Meeting: Fri., Jan. 4 at Calgary, 7 p.m.

HITMEN TEAM LEADERS:     
Points (26) Brooks Macek
Goals (13) Cody Sylvester   
Assists (15) Brooks Macek     
Power Play Goals (8) Cody Sylvester    
PIM (51) Darian Henry
Plus/Minus (+16) Alex Roach
Wins (8) Chris Driedger

STREAKIN’:  Brooks Macek (4g, 1a) has five points in three straight games, while Carson Samoridny (1g, 3a) has four points and Spencer Humphries (1g, 2a) has three points over the same span.  Jaynen Rissling (1g, 1a) has two points in his last two contests.

MILESTONE WATCH: Defenceman Peter Kosterman is five games away from his 200th career WHL contest.

WHL TOP 10:  Brooks Macek sits seventh in the WHL scoring race with 26 points (11g, 15a).  Cody Sylvester is tied for sixth overall in goals at 13 and leads the WHL with eight power play markers.  Alex Roach is ranked seventh in the WHL with a plus-minus rating of +16, while Chris Driedger sits sixth amongst WHL netminders with a 2.53 goals-against average.

KILLING TIME:  Calgary has killed their last 17 short handed situations.

TEAM WHL: Forward Brady Brassart has been named to Team WHL for the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series.  The 19-year-old forward is third in team scoring with 15 points (six goals, nine assists). Team WHL will face Team Russia in games five and six of the series played Wednesday, November 14 in Vancouver, B.C., and on Thursday, November 15 in Victoria, B.C. The first two games of the series are hosted by the QMJHL with the OHL hosting games three and four. The Warriors will send defenceman Morgan Rielly to the series for games five and six as well as forward Sam Fioretti for game six in Victoria.

NHL PROSPECTS:  Chris Driedger (Ottawa 2012); Kenton Helgesen (Anaheim 2012); Jaynen Rissling (Washington 2012); Alex Roach (Three-year, Entry-level Contract, Los Angeles 2011); Victor Rask (Three-year, Entry-level Contract, Carolina 2011).

MO BROS:  The Calgary Hitmen together with Canada Safeway Ltd. and Prostate Cancer Canada are proud to support Movember, a month to fight prostate cancer, for the fourth season.  During the month of November, Hitmen players and staff are growing moustaches to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Canada. To support your favorite Hitmen team member, visit mobro.co/hitmenmovemberteam.  The Calgary Hitmen Movember team has raised $45,950 for Prostate Cancer Canada since the launch of the inaugural campaign in November 2009.  

BLACKOUT THE DOME: This Friday, the Victoria Royals visit the Scotiabank Saddledome at 7 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear black as the Hitmen, in partnership with CrossIron Mills, Blackout the Dome.  During the November 9 CrossIron Mills game promotion, the first 2,000 fans will receive black foam fingers.  Fans will also have an opportunity to win CrossIron Mills gift certificates when 500 balloons drop from the rafters during the second intermission.

HOMETOWN HEROES:  On Monday, November 12, Calgary will honour Hometown Heroes when the Hitmen host the Kootenay Ice at 7 p.m.  Past and present members of the military as well as all police, fire and EMS service members will receive complimentary admission to Monday night’s game by presenting their identification card at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.

POST-GAME AUTOGRAPHS: Meet rookie Chase Lang at the Booster Club table located by section 212 after the game.

UPCOMING GAMES: Calgary continues their four-game home stand Friday night when they host the Victoria Royals, with a 7 p.m. puck drop.  On Monday, November 12, Calgary will face-off against the Kootenay Ice at 7 p.m.  This game, originally scheduled for Sunday, November 11, was moved to Monday to provide fans with the opportunity to attend the CFL Western Semi-Final at McMahon Stadium on Remembrance Day.  

Fri., Nov. 9 vs. Victoria Royals, 7 p.m. MT, SN 960 The FAN    
Mon., Nov. 12 vs. Kootenay Ice, 7 p.m. MT, SN 960 The FAN