Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Calgary at Lethbridge

The Calgary Hitmen (17-13-1-1) visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes (11-22-0-1) tonight in a Central Division match up.  Radio Broadcast on Sportnet960 The Fan starts at 7:00 p.m.  The Hitmen have won two straight and are coming off Sunday's 4-3 home ice win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The Hurricanes enter tonight playing their best hockey of the season having won eight of their last 12 including their last outing, a 4-2 win in Vancouver on Saturday.

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the two teams.  The season series is tied 1-1 with the home team a perfect 2-0 so far.  Alex Gogolev leads Calgary with (3g 3a) six points against Lethbridge while Jay Merkley (2g 1a), Brody Sutter (2g 1a) and Cam Braes (1g 2a) all have three points against the Hitmen. 
-Sept. 30 in Lethbridge:  Hurricanes 6 Hitmen 5.  Jay Merkley 2g 1a.
-Nov. 13 in Calgary:  Hitmen 6 Hurricanes 2.  Alex Gogolev 2g 2a.
                                  INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on goal: Leth 78 Cal 66  Powerplays: Cal 4/9 Leth 2/8

Calgary enters the contest tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference with Regina at 36 points.  Lethbridge is 12th with 23 points.  The Hitmen are 9-7-1-0 in enemy buildings while the Hurricanes are 7-11-0-0 on home ice.

STREAKIN':  Three Hitmen have points in back-to-back games: Collin Bowman (1g 1a), Victor Rask (2a) and Greg Chase (2a).  Peter Kosterman is +4 in his last five games.  For Lethbridge Cam Braes is red hot taking a nine game point streak into tonight (9g 5a).  Russell Maxwell (2g 1a) and Jaimen Yakubowski (3g) both have points in back-to-back games.

Top Scorers:

Cody Sylvester 12g 21a 33pts
Victor Rask 15g 11a 26pts
Jimmy Bubnick 12g 14a 26pts

Cam Braes 16g 16a 32pts
Brody Sutter 14g 10a 24pts
Nick Buonassisi 10g 12a 22pts

HITMEN ALUMNUS:  Brandon Kozun is in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs.  The 21-year-old right winger has 12 points (7g 5a) in 26 games.  The Los Angeles Kings prospect also has 45 shots on goal.

GAME TIME CHANGE:  A reminder Friday's Hitmen home game against the Regina Pats has been pushed back one hour.  It's now an 8:00 p.m. start at Scotiabank Saddledome.

GAME WORN JERSEY AUCTION:  Game Worn Jerseys from the 17th Annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss are being sold in an online auction.  The auction closes at 9:00 p.m. tonight with proceeds to support the CBC Calgary Suncor Energy Food Bank Drive.  Click here to visit the auction.

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