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Calgary Hitmen Game Preview - Friday, November 9 at Lethbridge

November 9, 2018 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release

CALGARY HITMEN (5-11-2-0, 12 pts.) at LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES (7-5-2-2, 18 pts.)

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. MT - ENMAX Centre

TODAY'S GAME

The Calgary Hitmen wrap up a mini two-game road trip tonight against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the ENMAX Centre. The Hitmen are coming off last Sunday's 5-4 loss in Medicine Hat. Tigers' goaltender Jordan Hollett made 36 saves, 14 in the third period alone, as Calgary outshot the home team 40-28. Import defenceman Linus Nassen (2g, 1a) led Medicine Hat with three points helping the Tigers build period leads of 3-1 and 5-3. Kaden Elder netted a pair of goals for Calgary while Luke Coleman and Cael Zimmerman added singles. The Hitmen went 0-1 on the power play. Medicine Hat was 2-4 with the extra attacker.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Radio: Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Webcast: WHL Live at whl.neulion.com

ATTACHMENTS

Media Kit

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STREAKS

- Jake Kryski (3g, 8a) has points in seven of his last eight games.

- Vladislav Yeryomenko (1g, 2a) and Dakota Krebs (3a) both have points in three of their last four games while Hunter Campbell (2a) has points in two of his last three outings.

NOTEWORTHY

VS. LETHBRIDGE: Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the Hitmen and Hurricanes. The series is split 1-1 so far with a combined 24 goals in two games. Mark Kastelic leads Calgary with four goals and a trio of assists against the 'Canes while Logan Barlage (3g, 2a) is the Hurricanes' top performer with five points. Tonight is their first meeting in Lethbridge. Last season Calgary won two of their three games at the ENMAX Centre. Over the last five years the Hitmen are a combined 4-4-1-0 in Lethbridge. The two teams won't meet again until Sunday, Dec. 16 in a 4:00 p.m. start at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

2018-19 SERIES RECAP

Oct. 12/18 vs. LET: CGY 6 LET 5...Mark Kastelic led Calgary with two goals and an assist.

Oct. 26/18 vs. LET: LET 7 CGY 6... Zach Cox scored with 6:34 remaining to snap a 6-6 tie.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Shots on Goal: CGY 69 LET 69 Power Plays: CGY 1-8 (12.5%) LET 3-9 (33.3%)

FAST FACTS: Mark Kastelic (14g, 10a) leads the Hitmen with 24 points including a team-high of six power play goals and a pair of shorthanded goals. He is also tops in shots on goal with 63 and has won a team-leading 229 face-offs...Jake Kryski leads the Hitmen in first goals this season, opening the Calgary scoring three times...The Hitmen have gone to overtime four times, although none have needed a shootout...Calgary has only been outshot in three of their 18 games this season...Today is the fourth of six straight games for the Hitmen against teams from their own division.

TEDDY BEAR TICKETS: Due to overwhelming demand, the Calgary Hitmen have opened press-level seating for The Brick Teddy Bear Toss. Tickets are now available starting at $14.99 for adults and $9.99 for students and kids (plus applicable fees and taxes). Limited second level seating also remains. Fans are encouraged to bring a new small or medium-sized stuffed toy to toss onto the ice when the Calgary Hitmen score their first goal on Sunday, December 9 against the visiting Kamloops Blazers. Game time at the 'Dome is 2:00 p.m.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riley Fiddler-Schultz was selected in the seventh-round, 148th overall, by the Hitmen in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The 16-year-old forward from Edmonton, AB is in his rookie season and has two goals and two assists in 13 games. Last season Fiddler-Schultz tallied 53 points (31g, 22a) in 36 games in the CSSHL with the Northern Alberta Elite 15's.

NHL DRAFT: Jackson van de Leest is among NHL Central Scouting's 'Players to Watch' list for the 2019 NHL Draft. The 17-year-old received a 'C rating' which indicates fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate. The second year Hitmen blueliner was Calgary's first-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

PROSPECT WATCH: Sheldon Kwiatkowski, Calgary's third-round pick, 66th overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft is in the Alberta Midget Hockey League with the Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm. The 16-year-old has five goals and eight assists in 12 games.

WORLD STAGE: Luke Prokop has joined Hockey Canada at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The eight-team tournament runs until Nov. 10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B. The 16-year-old is the 28th player in franchise history to participate in the tournament joining fellow teammates Jackson van de Leest (2017), Carson Focht (2016), Jake Kryski (2014), Carl Stankowski (2016) and Riley Stotts (2016) who have also played in the international event. Focht won gold with Canada White while van de Leest helped Canada Red capture silver. Prokop is a member of Canada White. They dropped their quarter-final match to Finland yesterday by a score of 4-3 in a shootout. Prokop recorded an assist. Canada White will now play a placement game today.

CORRAL SERIES: The Hitmen will play a trio of regular season games this season at the historic Stampede Corral. "The Corral Series" presented by Adrenalin Source for Sports, will see the Hitmen host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday, Feb. 1, the Regina Pats on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, Feb. 8. All will be 7:00 p.m. starts in the vintage building that first opened on Dec. 15, 1950 and was the original home of the Calgary Flames from 1980-83. Each game will be dedicated to a former elite team who once called the Stampede Corral home by wearing commemorative jerseys of the Calgary Centennials, Calgary Wranglers and Calgary Cowboys. The series will feature a number of exciting events including an opening night pre-game celebration and beer gardens, a luncheon, merchandise and other activities that will make this a week to remember. Tickets go on sale Nov. 26.

ROSTER MOVES: On Oct. 31, the Hitmen acquired forward James Malm and a conditional pick in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for forward Tristen Nielsen. On Oct. 30 the Hitmen acquired a sixth-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for forward Zack Huber. On Oct. 6 the Hitmen acquired a fourth-round selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020 from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for defencemen Dom Schmiemann. On Oct. 4 the Hitmen reassigned goaltender Matthew Armitage and forward Orca Wiesblatt. Armitage, a 19-year-old from Creston, BC, played 20 games for the Hitmen during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons while Wiesblatt, an 18-year-old Calgary product, played in 51 contests with the Hitmen during that same time. On Sept. 27 the Hitmen acquired 20-year-old forward Kaden Elder from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. On Sept. 26 Calgary added Josh Prokop to the roster. He had started the season in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers. The Hitmen acquired the rights to Prokop last season in a trade with the Swift Current Broncos.

HITMEN GO GREEN: On Sept. 26, National Tree Day, the Calgary Hitmen announced their participation in an environmental initiative called One Ticket, One Tree. The Hitmen will begin a pilot project where a tree will be planted for reforestation projects in the province for each game day and group ticket sold to the One Ticket, One Tree game when they host the Oil Kings on Mar. 8 at 7:00 p.m. In addition, Hitmen players will be in the community this season doing their part to reduce their ecological footprint and bring awareness to local environmental issues.

TICKET SPECIALS: The 2018-19 Hitmen Hockey Pass includes 34 tickets to be used anytime, in any combination. Pass holders also receive a $50 Scotiabank Saddledome gift card and a FREE ticket to a select Flames, Roughnecks or Stampeders game. Passes start at less than $7 per ticket for kids and under $15 for adults. Also available is the 10-game Hitmen Flex Pack to be used for any game, in any combination. Students and kids tickets are $10 per game, adults and seniors $20. Applicable fees and taxes apply. Visit HitmenHockey.com to score yours today!

UPCOMING GAMES

All times in MT. Schedule subject to change.

DATE OPPONENT TIME BROADCAST

Nov. 11 vs. Kootenay 4:00 p.m. Sportsnet.ca/960 (Alt Stream)

Nov. 16 at Kootenay 7:00 p.m. Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Nov. 17 at Spokane 8:05 p.m. Sportsnet.ca/960 (Alt Stream)

Nov. 20 at Everett 8:05 p.m. Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Nov. 21 at Portland 8:00 p.m. Sportsnet.ca/960 (Alt Stream)

PROMO CALENDAR

Upcoming home game highlights include:

- Remembrance Day Game and Sunday Funday on Nov. 11 vs. KTN

- The Brick Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 9 vs. KAM

- Carols for Christmas on Dec. 14 vs. KEL

- Novice Jamboree on Dec. 16 vs. LET

- Soccer Day on Dec. 30 vs. VAN

- Airdrie Day on Jan. 1 vs. VIC

- Wizarding Day on Jan. 5 vs. MH

- CBE Night on Jan. 25 vs. PG

- Dodge Skate with the Hitmen on Jan. 27 vs. KTN

- The Corral Series - Presented by Adrenalin Source for Sports on Feb.1 vs. BDN, Feb. 6 vs. REG and Feb. 8 vs. PA. Tickets on sale starting Nov. 26

- Family Game on Feb. 10 vs. MJ

- Lunar Celebration/Calgary Catholic on Feb. 15 vs. MH

- TELUS BE BRAVE on Feb. 27 vs. SC

- Multicultural Night on Mar. 1 vs. BDN

- WHL Suits up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation - Presented by RE/MAX on Mar. 3 vs. KTN

- One Ticket, One Tree on Mar. 8 vs. EDM

- Fan Appreciation on Mar. 17 vs. EDM

MILESTONE WATCH

- James Malm needs one goal for 50 while Luke Coleman is three goals shy of 50.

- Dakota Krebs is two games away from 200 while Jake Kryski is four games short of 300.

- Kaden Elder needs four goals for 50.

- Carl Stankowski is 43 minutes played shy of 1,000.


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