Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Game 4: Calgary at Brandon

The Calgary Hitmen meet the Brandon Wheat Kings in Winnipeg tonight for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Series.  The Wheat Kings lead the Best-of-Seven 2-1 after a 4-1 win in Game 3 Sunday evening. 

Radio Broadcast tonight on Sportsnet 960 The Fan starts at 6:00 p.m.  (Mountain Daylight Time).

                                            Photo Credit:  Bruce Fedyck

SERIES RECAP:  Brandon, leading the series 2-1, has outscored Calgary by a combined 10-7.
-Game 1: Brandon 6 Calgary 2.  After Mark Stone snapped a 2-2 tie with less than four minutes remaining in the second period the Wheat Kings never looked back scoring four straight.
-Game 2: Calgary 4 Brandon 0.  Trevor Cheek picked up his first career playoff hat-trick while Brandon Glover made 20 saves for hist first career post season shutout.
-Game 3: Brandon 4 Calgary 1.  Michael Ferland broke a 1-1 second period tie just past the eight minute mark.  Kevin Sundher 1g 1a.
                                                      INSIDE THE SERIES
Shots on goal: Cal 104 Bdn 94 Powerplays: Cal 2-7 (28.6%) Bdn 1-9 (11.1%)

SERIES TRENDS:  The team scoring first has won all three games....Neither team has given up the lead....Of Calgary's seven goals in the series they have scored three in the first period, two in the second and two in the third.  Of Brandon's 11 goals in the series they have scored three in the first period, three in the second and four in the third period.

PLAYOFF RECORD: Calgary has a lifetime playoff record of 109-76.  The Hitmen have competed in 33 series prior to this one and have won 22 and lost 11.  Calgary is 18-15 in post season overtime games.

-Brandon forward Mark Stone on Game 4 - "We know that Calgary's going to have a huge push, they are going to be a desperate hockey team and we need to match that desperate play"
-Calgary defenceman Brock Sutherland on Game 4 - "It's a crucial game for us, we want to even up the series.  We feel that in the two games we lost we didn't play our best so we'll give our selves a better chance if we come out and play our best tonight."

Collin Bowman 0g 4a 4pts
Trevor Cheek 3g 0a 3pts
Alex Roach 1g 2a 3pts

Alessio Bertaggia 1g 3a 4pts
Michael Ferland 2g 1a 3pts
Mark Stone 1g 2a 3pts

Game 5 Mar 29 Calgary vs. Brandon at Winnipeg 7:00 PM CDT
* Game 6 Apr 1 Brandon at Calgary 4:00 PM MDT
* Game 7 Apr 3 Brandon at Calgary 7:00 PM MDT
*If necessary

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