The Calgary Hitmen (4-5-0-1) play game two of their three game home stand tonight when they host the Portland Winterhawks (6-5-1-1) in their only meeting of the season. Game time is 7:00pm at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Hitmen are coming off Sunday's 4-2 home ice loss to the Kootenay Ice while the Winterhawks last played Saturday night dropping a 2-1 six round shootout decision in Red Deer. For Portland this is stop number three on a nine game in 17 day road trip which won't end until November 5th in Kelowna.
The Winterhawks roster boasts four players taken in the top two rounds of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft: Sven Bartschi 13th overall to Calgary, Joe Morrow 23rd overall to Pittsburgh, Ty Rattie 32nd overall to St. Louis and Tyler Wotherspoon 57th overall to Calgary.
Meanwhile 17-year-old defenceman Derrick Pouliot is projected to be a 2012 first round NHL pick this coming June.
In their lone meeting last season the Hitmen skated to a 5-1 win in Oregon on October 13th. Kris Foucault and Cody Sylvester both scored twice while Mike Snider made 31 saves.
DID YOU KNOW? Calgary's next win will be their fifth. Last season after winning their fourth game of the season on October 16th the team went on a season high 12 game losing streak and didn't record their fifth victory until November 19th.
Top Scorers Both Teams:
Victor Rask 6g 5a 11pts
Brooks Macek 4g 6a 10pts
Cody Sylvester 2g 7a 9pts
Ty Rattie 10g 9a 19pts
Brad Ross 7g 12a 19pts
Sven Bartschi 5g 12 17pts
ALUMNI WATCH: Joel Broda who played parts of two seasons with the Hitmen (08-09 to 09-10) is in the American Hockey League with the Houston Aeros. He has two assists in seven games.