The Calgary Hitmen (6-7-0-1) play game three of their six game East Division road trip tonight in Brandon against the (10-5-0-1) Wheat Kings. The Hitmen are coming off Wednesday's 4-1 loss in Saskatoon while Brandon has an extra days rest under their belt following Tuesday's 7-3 win in Swift Current.
The Wheat Kings lineup boasts two of the top six scorers in the Western Hockey League. Ottawa Senators prospect Mark Stone is tied for second with 32 points in 16 games while Flames prospect Michael Ferland has 25 points to sit alone in sixth. Brandon also has the WHL's number one powerplay operating at 31.3%. The Wheat Kings have scored the second most goals in the league this season, averaging 4.25 per game.
Tonight's broadcast can be heard live on Sportsnet960.ca starting at 6:30pm MST.
Cody Sylvester 4g 9a 13pts
Victor Rask 7g 5a 12pts
Brooks Macek 4g 7a 11pts
Jimmy Bubnick 5g 4a 9pts
Mark Stone 12g 20a 32pts
Michael Ferland 14g 11a 25pts
Ryan Pulock 4g 14a 18pts
Eric Roy 2g 14a 16pts
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Calgary is 3-4-0-0 on the road while Brandon is 3-2-0-1 at home.
INSIDE THE CREASE: The Hitmen fired 40 shots and lost Wednesday in Saskatoon marking the eighth time this season they have hit the 30 shot mark. Their record in those games is a combined 2-5-0-1. Here is the breakdown starting with the most recent:
Saskatoon - Andrey Makarov 39 saves - Hitmen loss
Everett - Kent Simpson 39 saves - Hitmen win
Portland - Mac Carruth 36 saves - Hitmen loss
Regina - Matt Hewitt 33 saves - Hitmen shootout loss
Medicine Hat - Tyler Bunz 36 saves - Hitmen loss
Swift Current Austin Smith and John Groenheyde 37 saves - Hitmen win
Red Deer - Patrik Bartosak 32 saves - Hitmen loss
Lethbridge - Brandon Anderson 42 saves - Hitmen loss
Kootenay - Nathan Lieuwen 29 saves -Hitmen loss