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Calgary Hitmen Game Preview - Sunday, February 10 vs. Moose Jaw

February 10, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release

CALGARY HITMEN (27-20-4-1, 59 pts.) vs. MOOSE JAW WARRIORS (30-13-6-2, 68 pts.)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. MT - Scotiabank Saddledome

TODAY'S GAME

The Calgary Hitmen, 6-1-1-0 in their last eight games, return to the Scotiabank Saddledome this afternoon to host the Moose Jaw Warriors. It's a 4:00 p.m. start for the Family Game presented by Calgary Co-op and Sunday Funday presented by Ricky's All Day Grill. Activities include face painters, giveaways and a post-game family skate that is FREE with a game ticket. Sunday Funday features a specially priced $9.99 ticket for kids 12 and under and a $14.99 ticket for adults (plus applicable fees and taxes). Calgary is coming off Friday's 8-2 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders in the finale of "The Corral Series" presented by Adrenalin Source for Sports. During the game at the Stampede Corral, everything Calgary was branded Wranglers as a tribute to the former Western Hockey League franchise that spent a decade in the city from 1977-87. Montreal Canadiens prospect Cole Fonstad led the Raiders scoring twice and adding three assists for a team high five points while Noah Gregor tallied a hat-trick. For the Wranglers, Riley Stotts and James Malm lit the lamp. Malm scored the game's final goal on a penalty shot in what could be the last competitive hockey game played in the Corral. Final shots were 45-23 for Prince Albert.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Radio: Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Webcast: WHL Live at whl.neulion.com

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STREAKS

- Riley Stotts (2g, 5a) has points in six straight games.

- James Malm (2g, 3a) is on a three-game point streak.

- Kaden Elder (5g, 8a) saw his six-game point streak end Friday against Prince Albert while a five-game run for Mark Kastelic (7g, 5a) and two-game point streaks for Luke Prokop (2a) and Riley Fiddler-Schultz (2a) were also halted.

NOTEWORTHY

HEALTH PROMOTION: The Hitmen are teaming up with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Calgary Region to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. Today's game will feature:

- A CMHA-run kiosk on the concourse so fans can learn more about mental health

- Videos featuring Hitmen players talking about the importance of mental health

- Public address announcements about mental health

The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Calgary Hitmen and CMHA - Calgary Region to implement Talk Today. Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the WHL.

VS. MOOSE JAW: Today is the fourth and final regular season meeting between the Hitmen and Warriors. Calgary is 3-0 against Moose Jaw this season after having lost the previous 11. Kaden Elder (3g, 2), Mark Kastelic (2g, 5a) and Riley Stotts (5a) lead Calgary in the season series with five points each while Josh Prokop (1g, 2a) and Egor Zamula (1g, 2a) both have three points. For Moose Jaw, Josh Brook (2a) and Dalton Hamaliuk (2a) have two points each against the Hitmen.

2018-19 SERIES RECAP

Oct. 19/18 at MJ: CGY 5 MJ 1...Carl Stankowski made 30 saves in a first-star performance.

Dec. 2/18 at CGY: CGY 5 MJ 1...Riley Stotts led Calgary with four assists.

Jan. 9/19 at MJ: CGY 3 MJ 2...Dakota Krebs forced OT for Calgary with 2:35 remaining.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Shots on Goal: CGY 117 MJ 110 Power Plays: CGY 4-13 (30.8%) MJ 1-14 (7.1%)

PLAYOFF CHASE: With 16 games to go in the regular season, the Hitmen are six points ahead of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the final Eastern Conference Wildcard spot and one point back of Red Deer for the first Wildcard berth. Looking up, Calgary is five points behind Lethbridge for third in the Central Division trailing Medicine Hat by six points for second place.

JERSEY AUCTION: During "The Corral Series" presented by Adrenalin Source for Sports, the Hitmen honoured teams from the past by wearing three different jerseys. They are now all up for bid with net proceeds supporting the Hitmen Education Fund. The Calgary Centennials auction will be the first to wrap up closing TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. For a full list of what's available visit https://elevateauctions.com/CorralSeriesCentennialsJerseys2019 Bidding continues in the other two auctions. The Calgary Cowboys auction is happening at https://elevateauctions.com/CorralSeriesCowboysJerseys2019 and closes on Sunday Feb. 17 at 8:00 p.m. while the Calgary Wranglers auction doesn't close until Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8:00 p.m. It can be found at https://elevateauctions.com/CorralSeriesCentennialsJerseys2019

HOME AND AWAY COMPARISON: Calgary is 15-9-3-0 at home this season while Moose Jaw is 20-5-2-0 on the road.

ROSTER MOVES: On Saturday the Hitmen made a pair of moves by adding goalie Jack McNaughton to the injured list with a day-to-day upper body injury and recalling 16-year-old goaltender Brayden Peters from the Alberta Midget Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes. Peters is 12-3 in AAA Midget this season and among goalies who have played more than 100 minutes, he leads the league with a 1.49 goals against average and .944 save percentage. He also has five shutouts. On Wednesday, forward Josh Prokop was activated from the injured list while last Monday, Calgary recalled Tyson Galloway from the BCMML's Thompson Blazers and activated goalie Carl Stankowski from injured reserve. In 32 games with the Blazers, Galloway had 12 assists. The 15-year-old made his WHL debut in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Regina. Galloway was Calgary's second round pick, 25th overall, in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

POST-GAME AUTOGRAPHS: Meet forward Mark Kastelic after today's game. The 19-year-old will be signing autographs at the Hitmen Booster Club table located behind section 212.

WHL TOP 15: Mark Kastelic is third in the WHL in goals with 37 while his 19 power play markers lead the league. Egor Zamula is tied for eighth in defencemen scoring with 41 points. Dakota Krebs is eighth in plus/minus among defenceman at +25.

HITMEN MONTH-BY-MONTH: September (0-3-1-0), October (4-6-1-0), November (6-5-0-1), December (6-2-1-0), January (9-3-0-0), February (2-1-1-0).

NHL ATTENTION: NHL Central Scouting has named two Hitmen players and one prospect among the top skaters available for the 2019 NHL Draft in their mid-term rankings. Defenceman Jackson van de Leest along with forwards Mark Kastelic and Quinn Olson are all ranked among North American skaters. The 17-year-old van de Leest is among the ice time leaders on the Hitmen blueline. He makes the list at 145. Olson is ranked 154 with his rights acquired by the Hitmen in a Jan. 10, 2019 trade from the Prince Albert Raiders. Kastelic, the 19-year-old Hitmen captain, is ranked at 196.

CANADA WINTER GAMES: Three Hitmen prospects have been named to play in the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Forward Sean Tschigerl will suit up for Team Alberta with defenceman Tyson Galloway on Team British Columbia and defenceman Rory Neill on Manitoba. The tournament will be held in Red Deer from Feb. 16-22.

MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS INJURY REPORT: Jake Kryski (indefinite, upper body). Hunter Campbell (indefinite, lower body), Egor Zamula (day-to-day, upper body), Dakota Krebs (day-to-day, upper body) and Jack McNaughton (day-to-day, upper body).

HITMEN VS: (BDN 1-0-1-0), (EDM 1-3-1-0), (EVT 0-1), (KAM 1-0), (KEL 1-0), (KTN 3-1), (LET 1-3), (MH 2-1), (MJ 3-0), (POR 1-0), (PA 0-4), (PG 1-0), (RD 2-5-1-0), (REG 2-0-1-0), (SAS 2-2), (SEA 1-0), (SPO 1-0), (SC 2-0), (TC 0-0-0-1), (VAN 1-0), (VIC 1-0).

UPCOMING GAMES

All times in MT. Schedule subject to change.

DATE OPPONENT TIME BROADCAST

Feb. 13 at Lethbridge 7:00 p.m. Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Feb. 15 vs. Medicine Hat 7:00 p.m. Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Feb. 16 at Medicine Hat 7:30 p.m. Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Feb. 20 at Brandon 6:00 p.m. Sportsnet.ca/960 (Alt Stream)

Feb. 22 at Regina 6:00 p.m. Sportsnet.ca/960 (Alt Stream)

PROMO CALENDAR

Upcoming home game highlights include:

- TODAY vs. MJ Calgary Co-op Family Game and Sunday Funday presented by Ricky's All Day Grill

- Lunar Celebration including post-game fireworks on Feb. 15 vs. MH

- TELUS BE BRAVE Anti-Bullying Game 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 and Sunday Funday presented by Ricky's All Day Grill on Mar. 3 vs. KTN

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

- Fan Appreciation and Sunday Funday presented by Ricky's All Day Grill on Mar. 17 vs. EDM

CAREER MILESTONE WATCH

- Mark Kastelic is one game away from 250 while Jackson van de Leest is six games shy of 100.

- Three Hitmen reached significant milestones Wednesday against Regina with Kaden Elder playing game 300, Riley Stotts hitting 100 points and Kastelic reaching 150 points.

- Carson Focht is three assists away from 50.


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