HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (10-4-1-2) wrap up a three game East Division road trip tonight in Moose Jaw against the Warriors (7-7-2-2). Calgary won their second game in as many nights last night with a 4-2 victory in Brandon. The line of Greg Chase, Chase Clayton and Pavlo Padakin combined for seven points. Chase had three assists while Clayton and Padakin both had a goal and an assist. Brendan Hurley and Brooks Macek also scored for Calgary who built a 3-0 first period lead. Chris Driedger made 26 saves to record the win. Calgary went 1-3 on the powerplay while killing all three chances for the Wheat Kings. Calgary is tied with Edmonton for first place in the Central Division at 23 points, one point behind the Eastern Conference leading Prince Albert Raiders.
VS. MOOSE JAW: Tonight is the first of four meetings between the Hitmen and Warriors. Last season Calgary was 2-1-1-0 against Moose Jaw. Over the last five seasons the Hitmen are 10-5-1-0 against the Warriors including a 5-2-1-0 record in Moose Jaw. The two teams will meet again Wednesday in Calgary.
HITMEN TEAM LEADERS:
Goals (13) Cody Sylvester Power Play Goals (8) Cody Sylvester PIM (49) Darian Henry
Assists (15) Brooks Macek Plus/Minus (+16) Alex Roach
Points (25) Brooks Macek Wins (8) Chris Driedger
BUS LIFE: Calgary has won three straight games on the road and is 7-1-0-1 away from Scotiabank Saddledome having outscored their opponents by a combined 30-14.
MILESTONE WATCH: Brooks Macek picked up his 200th career regular season point Friday night in Regina. Chris Driedger passed the 4,000 minute mark last night in Brandon.
WHL TOP 10: Brooks Macek is tied seventh in the WHL scoring race with 25 points and tied for seventh in assists with 15. Cody Sylvester leads the WHL with eight powerplay goals. Sylvester is also tied for sixth overall in goals with 13. Alex Roach is tied for sixth in plus minus at +16. Chris Driedger is tied for seventh in goals against average at 2.53.
KILLING TIME: Calgary has killed their last 15 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. Tonight’s opponent, the Wheat Kings, will send defenceman Ryan Pulock to the series for game five in Vancouver.
ROSTER: At 26 players, Calgary’s roster includes 16 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders. There are 14 returning players from last season. Among them is Victor Rask who remains in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers. He has five points (1g 4a) in seven games.
DID YOU KNOW? Calgary hasn’t trailed on this East Division road trip and have outscored their opponents (Regina and Brandon) by a combined 8-3…Hitmen rookie forward Pavlo Padakin had a Gordie Howe hat trick last night in Brandon with a goal, assist and fight…Warriors 20-year-old forward Justin Kirsch started his WHL career with the Hitmen, playing 110 games in Calgary before a October 26th, 2011 trade to Moose Jaw. Meanwhile current Hitmen forward Joey Kornelsen was included in that deal and arrived in Calgary after playing 118 career games with the Warriors….Brendan Hurley, who had five goals in 49 games last season between Kootenay and Medicine Hat, has two goals in his first five games with Calgary.
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).
MOVEMBER: 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.
UPCOMING GAMES: Calgary returns to Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday to host the Warriors in the back half of this home and home series. Game time is 7pm. It will mark the start of a four game home stand for the Hitmen and kick off a stretch of eight of their next nine games on home ice.