PREVIEW: SWIFT CURRENT AT CALGARY

Nov 18, 2012 - 02:56 MST

HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (13-5-1-2) wrap up a four-game homestand this afternoon when they host the Swift Current Broncos (9-10-3-2). Calgary will look to get back in the win column following a 4-0 setback to the Kootenay Ice on Monday, Nov. 12.  Rookie netminder Mack Shields made 27 saves in the Hitmen net as Kootenay outshot Calgary 31-17 in the loss.  The Hitmen currently sit second the Central Division with only one loss in their last five contests, while the Broncos are second in the East Division with two wins in their last five games.  

VS. SWIFT CURRENT: Tonight is the first of four meetings between the Hitmen and Broncos.  Calgary was able to grab all eight possible points in last year’s season series, while Swift Current was only able to collect a single point on Nov. 8, 2011 in a 4-3 shootout loss at home.  Victor Rask was the top scorer in the 2011-12 season series between the Hitmen and Broncos as he recorded six goals and two assists.  Taylor Vause was Swift Current’s leading scorer against Calgary with two goals and two assists.  Over the last five seasons, the Hitmen are 13-3 against the Broncos, including a 6-2 record on home ice.

LOOKING BACK
Oct. 16/11 at CAL: Hitmen 5 Broncos 1 ... Alex Gogolev had two goals and one assist while Brady Brassart scored twice.
Oct. 18/11 at S.C: Hitmen 7 Broncos 1 ... Victor Rask scored his first WHL career hat trick. 
Nov. 8/11 at S.C: Hitmen 4 Broncos 3 (SO) ... Brooks Macek scored in the shootout lifting Calgary to a 4-3 win.
Feb. 29/12 at CAL: Hitmen 5 Broncos 4 ... Victor Rask (2g, 1a) and Spencer Humphries (1g, 2a) each recorded three points in the win.

INSIDE THE 2011-12 SERIES
Shots on Goal: CAL 144  S.C 112    
Power Plays: CAL 10-18 (55.5%)  S.C 3-17 (17.6%)

Next Meeting: Sat., Jan. 12 at Swift Current, 6 p.m.

HITMEN TEAM LEADERS:     
Goals (13) Cody Sylvester                       
Assists (15) Brooks Macek               
Points (26) Brooks Macek               
Power Play Goals (8) Cody Sylvester
PIM (69) Darian Henry
Plus-Minus (+14) Alex Roach
Wins (10) Chris Driedger

TRADE WINDS:  On Friday, the Hitmen acquired a fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft from the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for centre Joey Kornelsen.  The Abbotsford, British Columbia product recorded 25 points, including nine goals, along with 46 penalty minutes over 69 games with Calgary.  The Hitmen acquired the 19-year-old forward in a four-player deal with the Moose Jaw Warriors in October 2011.    

BACK IN THE FOLD:  Import forward Victor Rask returns to Calgary’s lineup after starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Charlotte Checkers where he recorded one goal and four assists over 10 games.  Rask, selected by the Hitmen in the first round, third overall, in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, tallied 63 points (33g, 30a) in 64 games during his 2011-12 rookie campaign.

TEAM PACIFIC:  Rookies Jake Virtanen and Josh Thrower have been named to Team Pacific for the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013 in Victoriaville/Drummondville, Quebec.  Forward Greg Chase represented Team Pacific at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario one year ago.

EAST FEAST:  Last season, Calgary held a 17-5-1-1 record against East Division teams, including a 4-0 mark over their road trip out east from Nov. 22-26, 2011 where the Hitmen outscored their opponents by a combined 25-9.  In five games against the East Division this season, Calgary is 4-0-0-1.

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

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.  

POST-GAME AUTOGRAPHS: Meet defenceman Josh Thrower at the Booster Club table located by section 212 after the game.

UPCOMING GAMES: Calgary will now head to Lethbridge on Tuesday, Nov. 20, before returning to the Scotiabank Saddledome to wrap up the home-and-home series when the Hitmen host the Hurricanes on Wednesday, Nov. 21.  On Friday, Nov. 23, the Medicine Hat Tigers visit the Scotiabank Saddledome, with a 7 p.m. puck drop.  Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  Order online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.  

Tues., Nov. 20 at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. MT, SN 960 The FAN    
Wed., Nov. 21 vs. Lethbridge, 7 p.m. MT, SN 960 The FAN