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Hitmen Fall in Pre-Season Opener

September 7, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen opened the 2019 Western Hockey League pre-season on Friday night with a 3-1 loss to the Oil Kings at the Downtown Community Arena in Edmonton.

Dylan Guenther, Jake Neighbours and Jalen Luypen all scored for the Oil Kings. It was Neighbours who snapped a 1-1 third period tie with less than 14 minutes remaining.

Rory Neill, Calgary's third round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, tallied the lone goal for the Hitmen who dressed a youthful lineup which featured just six returning players from last season.

Edmonton, aided by eight power play chances to Calgary's three, outshot the Hitmen 36-27.

Carl Stankowski and Ethan Hein split the goaltending duties for Calgary with Stankowski stopping 14 of 15 shots and Hein 19 of 21.

The Hitmen return to action tomorrow, Saturday, September 7 with a rematch against the Oil Kings at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on Tsuut'ina Nation. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex for $10 each.

Remaining Hitmen 2019 Pre-Season Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time* Location

Sat. Sept. 7 Edmonton 7:00 p.m. Seven Chiefs Sportsplex, Tsuut'ina Nation, AB

Sat. Sept. 14 Medicine Hat 7:00 p.m. The Community Centre, Taber, AB

Sun. Sept. 15 Red Deer 4:00 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB

*All game times are MT

The 2019-20 Hitmen Hockey Pass is on sale now and includes 33 game tickets plus one ticket voucher to be used anytime, in any combination. Pass holders also receive a special 25th anniversary jersey, $50 Scotiabank Saddledome gift card and a complimentary 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 and a Sunday Funday Pack. The Sunday Funday Pack features nine Sunday Funday tickets and one Teddy Bear Toss ticket for only $10 per game for kids and $16 per game for adults. Fans who purchase a combined adult and child Sunday Funday Pack (2 packs) will receive a $25 Scotiabank Saddledome food and beverage card. Applicable fees and taxes apply. Visit to score yours today!

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