The Calgary Hitmen (42-25-2-1) are on the road in Cranbrook tonight against the Kootenay Ice (36-25-5-4). Internet Broadcast on sportsnet960.ca starts at 7:00 p.m.
VS. KOOTENAY: Tonight is the seventh of eight meetings. Kootenay leads the season series 5-1 having outscored Calgary by a combined 19-9. Brooks Macek (2g), Danny Gayle (1g, 1a), Victor Rask (1g, 1a), Alex Gogolev (1g 1a), Brady Brassart (2a) and Jaynen Rissling (2a) all have two points each to lead the Hitmen in the season series. Brock Montgomery tops all Ice with eight points (1g, 7a) against Calgary while goaltender Nathan Lieuwen sports a 1.34 goals against average and a .950 save percentage stopping 151 of 159 shots. Lieuwen also leads the WHL with a 2.42 goals against average.
-Sept. 24 in KTN: Ice 5 Hitmen 1. Calgary out shot Kootenay 30-18 in the loss.
-Oct. 2 in CAL: Hitmen 4 Ice 2. Calgary erased a 2-1 third period deficit. Victor Rask and Danny Gayle led the Hitmen scoring attack with two points (1g, 1a) each.
-Oct. 23 in CAL: Ice 4 Hitmen 2. Kootenay jumped out to a 3-0 second period lead.
-Feb. 3 in KTN: Ice 2 Hitmen 1. Sam Reinhart scored the game winner, his second of the game, with just one second left in regulation.
-Feb. 12 in CAL: Ice 4 Hitmen 0. Nathan Lieuwen made 26 saves to record his third shutout of the season.
-March 3 in KTN: Ice 2 Hitmen 1. Nathan Lieuwen made 24 saves.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on Goal: CAL 159 KTN 138 Powerplays: CAL 2-26 (7.7%) KTN 4-23 (17.4%)