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Calgary Hitmen Game Preview - Tuesday, April 9 vs. Edmonton

April 9, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release

CALGARY HITMEN vs. EDMONTON OIL KINGS

Game 3 of Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Semi-Final. Oil Kings leads series 2-0.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. MT - Scotiabank Saddledome

TODAY'S GAME

The Calgary Hitmen host the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight in Game 3 of their best-of-seven WHL Eastern Conference Semi-Final series. It's a 7:00 p.m. start at Scotiabank Saddledome for the first of back-to-back games at the 'Dome. Both nights feature $2 playoff concession specials. Hot dogs, regular popcorn and 24 oz. soft drinks are all available for $2 each. The Oil Kings lead the series 2-0 after Sunday's 4-1 win at Rogers Place. Quinn Benjafield, Liam Keeler, Matthew Robertson and David Kope scored for Edmonton while goaltender Dylan Myskiw made 26 saves in a first-star performance. Jack McNaughton recorded 35 stops in a losing effort with Carson Focht supplying the lone Calgary marker on a power play. Focht and Mark Kastelic share the team lead in playoff goals with five. The Oil Kings outshot Calgary 39-27 and went 1-7 on the man advantage. The Hitmen were 1-2 with the extra attacker.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Radio: Sportsnet 960-The Fan

Webcast: WHL Live at whl.neulion.com

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STREAKS

- Egor Zamula (3a) is riding a three-game point streak.

- Mark Kastelic (4g, 3a) and Kaden Elder (2g, 3a) both saw their four-game point streaks snapped in Game 2 while Luke Coleman's (1g, 1a) two-game run was also halted.

NOTEWORTHY

2019 WHL Playoffs: Round 2 Schedule:

The Hitmen and Oil Kings second round playoff series is a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Game 1 EDM 3 CGY 2 OT EDM leads series 1-0 Rogers Place, Edmonton

Game 2 EDM 4 CGY 1 EDM leads series 2-0 Rogers Place, Edmonton

Game 3 Tuesday, April 9 7:00 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

Game 4 Wednesday, April 10 7:00 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

Game 5* Friday, April 12 7:00 p.m. Rogers Place, Edmonton

Game 6* Sunday, April 14 2:00 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

Game 7* Tuesday, April 16 7:00 p.m. Rogers Place, Edmonton

*If necessary

SERIES STATS: There has only been one goal in the first period...Edmonton has outshot Calgary in both games by a combined 73-49...The Hitmen are 2-6 on the power play, the Oil Kings 1-10.

SHOT CLOCK: Carson Focht and Mark Kastelic lead the Hitmen with seven shots on goal each in the series. Kaden Elder is next with five. Andrew Fyten tops all Oil Kings with 10 shots on goal. Trey Fix-Wolansky has eight.

FACE-OFF CIRCLE: Calgary is a combined 67-128 on draws in the series, clicking at 52.3%. Mark Kastelic leads the way with 34 face-off wins.

GAME 3 FACTS: The Hitmen are 27-17 all-time in Game 3's.

PLAYOFF HISTORY: 2019 marks the third time in league history the Hitmen and Oil Kings square off in a playoff series. Both teams have won once

2009: CGY 4 EDM 0 - Hitmen led by Joel Broda (7pts), Brandon Kozun (5pts) and Martin Jones .73 GAA

2013: EDM 4 CGY 3 - Oil Kings led by Michael St. Croix (10pts), Martin Gernat (7pts) and Laurent Brossoit 2.39 GAA

PLAYOFF DATA: This trip to the Eastern Conference Semi-Final marks Calgary's first time past the opening round of the WHL Playoffs since 2015. Calgary has a lifetime playoff record of 135-110. The Hitmen have competed in 44 series prior to this one. They have won 27 and lost 17. Calgary is 30-22 all-time in post-season overtime games.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Five Hitmen are on NHL rosters heading into the post-season. They include: Jake Bean (CAR), Michael Stone (CGY), Andrew Ladd (NYI), Johnny Boychuk (NYI) and Martin Jones (SJS).

HOME AND AWAY: Calgary is 2-1 at home this post season while Edmonton is 2-1 on the road.

COMEBACK TRAIL: Three times in franchise history the Hitmen have rebounded from an 0-2 playoff series deficit to win. The last time was in the opening round of the 2019 post-season against Lethbridge when Calgary dropped the first two games on the road before posting a seven game series victory. In the 2010 post-season, the Hitmen lost both games on home ice before bouncing back to defeat the Moose Jaw Warriors in seven games in the opening round. During the 2007 WHL Playoffs, Calgary dropped the first two games of their second-round set with Brandon on the road then came roaring back with four straight wins to capture the series in six.

DID YOU KNOW?: Mark Kastelic and Carson Focht share the Hitmen lead in playoff scoring with eight points each. They are the highest scoring Hitmen post-season performers since Adam Tambellini and Travis Sanheim both tallied 13 points 2015.

ON THIS DAY: The last time the Hitmen played a playoff game on April 9 was in the 2013 post season. That night Cody Sylvester scored 5:10 into overtime for a 3-2 win in Red Deer. Jake Virtanen and Brooks Macek also found the back of the net for the Hitmen while Chris Driedger made 37 saves for the win. The victory gave Calgary a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven second round series with the Rebels.

PROSPECT WATCH: Hale Schoneck, Calgary's 11th-round pick, 227st overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft is in the Alberta Midget Hockey League with the Calgary Buffaloes. Schoneck and the Buffaloes have enjoyed an outstanding playoff run and are headed to the TELUS Cup, Canada's National Midget Championship, April 22-28 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

PROMO CALENDAR

& TICKET INFO

- Following tonight's Game 3 is Game 4 in Calgary on Wednesday, Apr. 10. Both are 7:00 p.m. starts at Scotiabank Saddledome.

- Hitmen playoff tickets are on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ca, HitmenHockey.com or at the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office.

- Single game tickets start at $22.49 for adults, $12.99 for kids 12 and under and group tickets for $13.99 plus applicable fees and taxes.

- Also available is the Calgary Co-op Family Playoff Pack which includes four tickets, four hot hogs, four soft drinks and one popcorn for $74.99. This deal can be purchased at all Calgary Co-op locations.

- Home games this round feature $2 playoff concession specials. Hot dogs, regular popcorn and 24 oz. soft drinks are all available for $2 each.

PLAYOFF WATCH

- The Hitmen have a combined 310 games of playoff experience.

- Kaden Elder leads all players with 55 post-season games played. He also tops the Hitmen in career playoff points with 15. Luke Coleman is next with 11 points.


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