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PREVIEW: MOOSE JAW AT CALGARY

Jan 04, 2013 - 16:34 GMT

- NSD 365 New Year's Resolution -
Tonight take part in fun, family-friendly fitness activities with NSD Sports & Fitness Club during the intermission

HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (25-10-1-3) play game two of a three-game homestand tonight when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (14-18-3-4) for the NSD 365 New Year’s Resolution game at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Calgary enters tonight’s contest following a 10-2 triumph over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday, Jan. 2.  Six Hitmen recorded three-point performances, while Brady Brassart (1g, 3a) registered a career-high four-point game in the season-high 10-goal effort.  Chris Driedger made 16 saves to record his 50th career win as the Hitmen outshot the Wheat Kings 44-18.  At 54 points, the Hitmen sit third in the Eastern Conference standings, three points behind the conference-leading Edmonton Oil Kings.

VS. MOOSE JAW: Tonight is the third of four meetings between the Hitmen and Warriors, with Calgary leading the season series 2-0 following a home-and-home sweep in November.  Eight Hitmen each have a point in the series including overage forward Brooks Macek (1g), Washington Capitals prospect Jaynen Rissling (1g) and October’s roster addition Brendan Hurley (1g).  Carter Hansen (1g) and Andrew Johnson (1g) as well as three other Moose Jaw players have one point each against Calgary.  Last season, Calgary held a 2-1-1-0 record against Moose Jaw.  Over the last five years, the Hitmen are 12-5-1-0 against the Warriors, including a 6-3-0-0 record at home.  

SERIES RECAP
Nov. 4/12 at M.J: Hitmen 2 Warriors 1 (OT) ... B. Macek tallied a regulation marker, while J. Rissling scored the OT game winner.
Nov. 7/12 at CAL: Hitmen 2 Warriors 1 (SO) ... After a scoreless first period, Moose Jaw’s C. Hansen scored in the second, while Calgary’s B. Hurley added late third period marker.  G. Chase netted the SO winner.

INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on Goal: CAL 45  M.J 55
Power Plays: CAL 0-7 (0%)  M.J 0-8 (0%)
Next Meeting: Wed., Jan. 9 at Moose Jaw, 6PM MT

HITMEN TEAM LEADERS:     
Goals (21) Cody Sylvester                 
Assists (27) Brooks Macek               
Points (46) Brooks Macek  
Power Play Goals (9) Cody Sylvester   
PIM (82) Kenton Helgesen           
Plus-Minus (+25) Alex Roach
Wins (20) Chris Driedger

EAST FEAST:  During the 2011-12 season, Calgary held a 17-5-1-1 record against teams from the East Division. The East Division was one of two divisions that Calgary had huge success against, the other being the B.C. Division where the Hitmen went 10-1-0-0 last campaign.  This year, the Hitmen are 7-1-0-1 against the East Division.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Forward Brooks Macek was named the Ed Williams Player of the Month for December.  The 20-year-old Winnipeg, Manitoba product recorded five goals and added 10 assists for 15 points over 12 games last month.  On Wednesday, Macek recorded his second career WHL hat trick in Calgary’s 10-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings.  

WORLD JUNIORS: Swedish import Victor Rask will look to earn another gold medal as Team Sweden plays Team USA in the final game of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.  In 2012, Rask and Team Sweden captured gold following a 1-0 overtime win against Team Russia.  At this year’s tournament, Rask has four points (2g, 2a) and 15 shots on goal over five games.

U-17 RECAP: Jake Virtanen and Josh Thrower suited up for Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Victoriaville/Drummondville, Quebec.  Virtanen recorded seven points (5g, 2a) over five games played, while Thrower had one goal and one assist over the same span.  Team Pacific finished the 2013 tournament in fifth.

IN THE BOOKS:  On Wednesday, rookies Chase Lang (2g, 1a) and Austin Calladine each scored their first career Western Hockey League marker as Calgary defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 10-2.  Los Angeles Kings prospect Alex Roach also had a memorable outing, adding three assists while posting an impressive career-high plus-5 rating in the win.

STREAKIN’: Cody Sylvester (1g, 5a) and Zane Jones (3g, 3a) each have six points in three consecutive games, while Pavlo Padakin has two goals and one assist in back-to-back contests.

MILESTONE WATCH: Kenton Helgesen is five games shy of his 100th career WHL contest, while Chris Driedger is four games away from hitting 100 games played.  Jaynen Rissling is six games away from his 200th career game, while Brendan Hurley is five contests shy of his 200th.  

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).

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

UPCOMING GAMES: Calgary will wrap up a three-game homestand on Sun., Jan. 6 when they host the Vancouver Giants in the second annual East West Shrine Hockey Challenge, supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Puck drop is 4 p.m. at the ‘Dome.

Sun., Jan. 6 vs. Vancouver Giants, 4 p.m., SN 960 The FAN    
Tue., Jan. 8 at Brandon Wheat Kings, 6 p.m., SN 960 The FAN