Calgary Hitmen Game Preview - Saturday, March 6 at Red Deer
CALGARY HITMEN (1-0-0-0, 2 pts.) at RED DEER REBELS (0-2-1-0, 1 pts.) Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. MT - Westerner Park Centrium
The Calgary Hitmen travel to Red Deer today for a rematch with the Rebels to close out their weekend home-and-home set. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Westerner Park Centrium. Calgary took the opener at Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on Friday by a score of 2-0. It was a night of Western Hockey League firsts for a pair of sophomore Hitmen as goaltender Brayden Peters made 27 saves to record his first career shutout while defenceman Tyson Galloway netted his first career goal. Sean Tschigerl also found the back of the net for the home side, starting the scoring on a breakaway in the opening frame. The Hitmen outshot the Rebels 31-27 with both teams blanked on the power play. Red Deer went 0-4 and Calgary 0-2.
Webcast: WHL Live at watch.chl.ca
NOTEWORTHY BROADCAST NEWS: Under AHS protocols, fans are not permitted to enter WHL facilities however they are invited to watch games from the comfort of their home with a subscription to the all-new WHL Live on CHL TV at watch.chl.ca. Tonight's game is also available through the Rebels radio stream at 1067rewindradio.ca.
NIGHT ONE NUMBERS: Riley Fiddler-Schultz led all Hitmen last night with four shots on goal. Evan Toth, Josh Prokop and Sean Tschigerl were next with three shots each. Fiddler-Schultz was also the most prolific centre winning 73 percent of his face-offs. For the Rebels, Ben King, Josh Tarzwell and Mason Ward led the way with four shots each.
LEADERSHIP GROUP: On Thursday the Hitmen unveiled their leadership group for the 2021 season. Third year forward Josh Prokop is the 27th captain in franchise history while Riley Stotts, Jackson van de Leest, Cael Zimmerman and Josh's brother Luke Prokop will serve as alternate captains.
DID YOU KNOW? Hitmen players are staying at the Grey Eagle Resort this season instead of with billet families...Rookies Zac Funk (8 games) and Rory Neill (3 games) both saw time with the Hitmen last season.
ICE BREAKER: Four Hitmen all made their Western Hockey League debut last night in the season opener; Owen Palfreyman, Grayden Siepmann, Brandon Whynott and Tristan Zandee.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Forward Blake Allan is in his second season with the Hitmen following an October 22, 2019 trade with the Regina Pats. Allan, who began his WHL career with the Kootenay ICE back in 2017-18, has appeared in 128 career games, 55 of those with Calgary. The 19-year-old was a third-round pick of the ICE in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and was a key face-off man for the Hitmen last season winning 215 draws while notching 13 points (6g, 7a).
MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS INJURY REPORT: Orca Wiesblatt (day-to-day, upper body), Cael Zimmerman (day-to-day, upper body).
FAMILIAR FACES: The Hitmen opening weekend roster features 16 returning players from the 2019-20 season. Among them, Riley Stotts is the career games played leader at 248 while Jackson van de Leest is next with 175.
REGULAR SEASON CAREER MILESTONE WATCH: Jack McNaughton needs one save to tie Mike Snider for ninth on the clubs all-time saves list at 1,808. Riley Fiddler-Schultz is two games shy of 100.
HITMEN ALUMNUS: Travis Sanheim, who played three seasons with the Hitmen from 2013-16, is in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. The 24-year-old defenceman has seven points (1g, 6a) in 19 games. During his time in Calgary, Sanheim notched 162 points (35g, 127a) in 186 games.
UPCOMING GAMES: The WHL has announced the remainder of the schedule for the month of March with the Hitmen to play a trio of games each weekend. Here is the breakdown for next weekend;
Friday, March 12 Medicine Hat Tigers at Calgary Hitmen - 7:30 p.m. MT Saturday, March 13 Calgary Hitmen at Medicine Hat Tigers - 7 p.m. MT Sunday, March 14 Medicine Hat Tigers at Calgary Hitmen - 7 p.m. MT
Every weekend in March, fans in the province can purchase tickets to the Jackpots for Junior Hockey 50/50 presented by RE/MAX.
Sales open Friday's at 9:00 a.m. and close Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m.
Proceeds support the WHL's 5 Alberta based teams and the AJHL's 15 teams.
As of Saturday morning this week's jackpot was at $19,570.
Full details at whl.ca/50-50.
CAREER MILESTONE WATCH
- Jack McNaughton needs one save to tie Mike Snider for ninth on the clubs all-time saves list at 1,808.
- Riley Fiddler-Schultz is two games shy of 100.
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