The Calgary Hitmen (8-8-1-1) open a four game home stand tonight against the Seattle Thunderbirds (6-10-0-0). It’s the Remembrance Day game with the Hitmen offering complimentary admission to past and present members of the military, and to all police, fire and EMS service members. Present your identification card to receive one free ticket. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Friday is also Student Night. Show your student I.D. to receive a special ticket rate of $8.
The Hitmen are back in the 'Dome after a 3-2-1-0 six game East Division road trip that ended Tuesday in Swift Current with a 4-3 shootout win over the Broncos. Seattle meanwhile is still in the midst of their six game Central Division swing coming off Wednesday's 3-2 win in Lethbridge. They had dropped the first three games of the road trip. Tonight will be their fifth game in eight nights.
Calgary has started to find their game. Since starting the season 1-4-0-1, the Hitmen have gone 7-4-1-0.
VS U-S DIVISION: Calgary is 1-1 against teams from the U-S this season falling 7-1 to Portland before beating Everett 3-1.
HOME VS. ROAD: Calgary is 3-3-0-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome this season. Seattle is 4-5-0-0 on the road.
STREAKIN: Jaynen Rissling (1g 4a) is on a three game point streak while Collin Bowman (2a) has points in back-to-back games. Brooks Macek is a combined +5 in his last six games. Goaltender Chris Driedger has started 11 of the last 12 games. For Seattle, Brendan Rouse (2g 3a) is on a four game point streak while Marcel Noebels (2g 1a) has picked up points in three straight. Calvin Pickard, a second round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, has started nine straight games in goal. Now in his fourth season with the T-Birds, Pickard has made 6,102 career regular season saves. That is 24 saves shy of Kyle Moir (Swift Current Broncos, 2002-07 (233 games) for sixth on all all-time list and 41 saves behind Jeff Calvert Moose Jaw - Tacoma, 1989-94 (227 games) for fifth place. Danny Lorenz, Seattle, 1986-90 (224 games) holds the WHL record for most saves in a career with 6,958.
Victor Rask 10g 5a 15pts
Cody Sylvester 6g 9a 15pts
Brooks Macek 4g 10a 14pts
Marcel Noebels 7g 6a 13pts
Burke Gallimore 7g 2a 9pts
Sean Aschim 4g 5a 9pts