The Calgary Hitmen (32-19-2-1) open a three game home stand tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings (35-12-2-4) to Scotiabank Saddledome. The Hitmen are coming off last night's 5-3 loss in Medicine Hat, a game where they out shot the Tigers 43-24. The Oil Kings meanwhile were 3-1 winners at home yesterday afternoon over the Kootenay Ice. Griffin Reinhart had a goal and an assist to lead the Edmonton scoring attack.
Calgary enters play with 67 points, good for third in the WHL's Eastern Conference, three points back of both Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw who sit tied for second and just a point ahead of Kootenay who occupies fifth. Edmonton meanwhile leads the Eastern Conference with 76 points. They are also ranked #7 in the Canadian Hockey League Top 10 Rankings this week.
VS. EDMONTON: Tonight is the fifth of six meetings with the Oil Kings. Edmonton leads the season series 3-1 with the home team victorious in all four games. Cody Sylvester (2g, 4a) leads the Hitmen in the series with six points Tyler Maxwell (3g 2a) and Cody Corbett (5a) both top the Oil Kings with five points. Last season Edmonton won five of six meetings with Calgary.
- Dec. 1 in EDM: Oil Kings 6 Hitmen 1. Mark Pysyk led the Oil Kings with three assists.
- Dec. 6 in EDM: Oil Kings 6 Hitmen 2. Griffen Reinhart had 1g 2a for Edmonton.
-Dec. 17 in EDM: Oil Kings 2 Hitmen 1. Cody Corbett had two assists for the Oil Kings who out shot Calgary 33-22.
-Jan. 15 in CAL: Hitmen 4 Oil Kings 3. Jimmy Bubnick scored twice.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on Goal: CAL 110 EDM 110 Power Plays: CAL 3-20 (15%) EDM 6-21 (28.6%)
Cody Sylvester 18g 38a 56pts
Jimmy Bubnick 24g 29a 53pts
Victor Rask 22g 19a 41pts
Brady Brassart 16g 25a 41pts
Michael St. Croix 34g 48a 82pts
Dylan Wruck 18g 48a 66pts
Tyler Maxwell 29g 26a 55pts