Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Team Black posts win in Hitmen Intra-Squad game

Jake Virtanen scored twice, including once into an empty net, as Team Black beat Team White 6-4 in Tuesday's Intra-Squad game marking an end to training camp.

Here is the summary:

Team Black 6 Team White 4

1st Period
1, Team Black: Calder Brooks 1 (Mark Logan, Brady Brassart) :20
2, Team White: Joey Kornelsen 1 (Trevor Cheek) 6:17
3, Team Black: Keaton Lubin 1 (Austin Calladine, Ryley Bennefield) 19:39 (PP)
Penalties-Team Black Ben Thomas (Delay of Game), 1:12; Team White Trevor Cheek (Roughing), 19:27

2nd Period
4, Team Black: Ben Thomas 1 (Ryley Bennefield) 3:10
5, Team White: Danny Gayle 1 (Marshall Donald) 7:29
Penalties-Team Black Josh Thrower (Hooking), 5:09; Team White Marshall Donald (Holding), 10:30; Team White Greg Chase (Interference), 14:10; Team Black Darian Henry (Cross-checking), 17:05; Team White Alex Gogolev (Roughing), 17:05

3rd Period
6, Team Black: Jake Virtanen 1 (Brooks Macek) 4:38
7, Team White: Greg Chase 1 (Peter Kosterman, Anthony Conti) 9:38
8, Team Black: Pavlo Padakin 1 (Austin Calladine, Terrell Draude) 13:06
9, Team White: Peter Kosterman 1 (Alex Gogolev, Danny Gayle) 18:46 (PP)
10, Team Black: Jake Virtanen 2 (unassisted) 19:35 (EN)
Penalties-Team Black Tyler Borstmayer (Fighting), 5:35; Team White Carter Coben (Fighting), 5:35; Team White Dylan Fluter (Tripping), 6:04; Team Black Darian Henry (Slashing), 14:56; Team Black Pavlo Padakin 16:44,

Shots on Goal-Team Black 15-8-16-39. Team White 7-13-16-36
Power Play Opportunities-Team Black 1/4; Team White 1/4.
Goalies-Team Black, Jacob Ruissen (15 shots-13 saves); Mack Shields 1-0-0-0 (21 shots-19 saves). Team White, Evan Johnson (16 shots-13 saves); Chris Driedger 0-1-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves)

            Danny Gayle and Books Macek look on during post Intra-Squad Game shootout

                                             Keaton Lubin buckles up for the game

Josh Thrower serves a penalty

The Hitmen will now play a six game exhiition schedule with only one game in Calgary (Sept. 7th vs. RD @ WinSport).  It all begins Saturday, September 1st at the 6th Annual Edmonton Oil Kings Pre-Season Tournament in St. Albert when the Hitmen face the Medicine Hat Tigers at Servus Credit Union Place.  Game time is 3:00 p.m.  The tournament wraps up Sunday at 3:00 p.m. when Calgary meets Swift Current.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Monday Scrimmages

The Calgary Hitmen main camp roster has been cut from four teams down to three leaving 62 players divided into three teams.  In Monday's first scrimmage (2-30 min periods with the last 10 mins of period two stop time) a shootout was needed to decide the winner.  Here is the summary

Team White 4 Team Black 3 (Shootout)

1st Period
Team White: Carter Suski (Pavlo Padakin) 9:36
Team White: Trevor Cheek (Carter Suski, Riley Derlago) 25:30

2nd Period
Team Black: Carter Coben (Nicco Marcanato, Daylon Creasy) 5:21
Team Black: Calder Brooks (Austin Calladine) 17:33
Team White: Carson Samoridny (Matt Foster, Hudson Morrison) 20:34
Team Black: Mark Logan (Calder Brooks) 27:19

Team White:
Carson Samoridny-Goal
Pavlo Padakin-Goal
Terrell Draude-No Goal
Matt Foster-Game Winning Goal

Team Black:
Cody Sylvester-No Goal
Garrett Johnston-Goal
Austin Calladine-No Goal

Team White: Kyle Michalovsky 30mins 15/15, Evan Johnson 30mins 14/17
Team Black: Mack Shields 30mins 14/16, Jacob Ruissen 30mins 16/17

The second game of the day also needed a shootout to decide the winner.  Here is the summary.

Team Red 6 Team Black 5 (Shootout)

1st Period
Team Black: Alex Roach (Darian Henry) :20
Team Red: Dylan Fluter (Danny Gayle) 1:05
Team Red: Josh Smith (Chase Clayton) 12:11

2nd Period
Team Black: Darian Henry (Austin Calladine, Calder Brooks) 3:08
Team Red: Anthony Conti (Cameron Preymack) 14:00
Team Red: Chase Clayton (Spencer Humphries) 19:19
Team Black: Daylon Creasy (unassisted) 20:29
Team Red: Greg Chase (Keegan Thompson, Marshall Donald) 24:24
Team Black: Brooks Macek (Calder Brooks, Keaton Lubin) 29:43
Team Black: Brooks Macek (2) (Ryley Bennefield, Keaton Lubin) 29:42

Team Red:
Nick Anderson-No Goal
Anthony Conti-No Goal
Josh Smith-No Goal
Cameron Preymack-No Goal
Alex Gogolev-Game Winning Goal

Team Black:
Keaton Lubin-No Goal
Daylon Creasy-No Goal
Matt MacLeod-No Goal
Tayler Balog-No Goal
Ryley Bennefield-No Goal

Team Red: Chris Driedger 30mins 9/10, Cole Forbes 30mins 11/15
Team Black: Jacob Ruissen 30mins 12/14, Mack Shields 28:48 8/11

                                     Alex Gogolev who scored the shootout winner

The final game of the day did not need a shootout but instead saw a shutout.  Here is the summary.

Team White 4 Team Red 0

1st Period
Team White: Tyler Borstmayer (Jaynen Rissling, Trevor Cheek) 11:38
Team White: Pavlo Padakin (Colby Harmsworth) 27:16

2nd Period
Team White: Jaynen Rissling (Brady Brassart, Victor Rask) 15:05
Team White: Riley Derlago (Trevor Cheek) 28:34

Team White: Evan Johnson 30mins 7/7, Kyle Michalovsky 30mins 21/21
Team Red: Cole Forbes 30mins 12/14, Chris Driedger 30mins 17/19

                          Jaynen Rissling had a goal and an assist in Team White's win

The annual Black vs. White Intra-Squad game goes Tuesday from 11 to 1:30 at Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.  Admission is FREE!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday Afternoon Main Camp Scrimmage Results

The two Sunday afternoon scrimmages are now in the books.  They played two 30 minute periods, with the final 10 minutes of the second period stop time.  Here are the summaries.

Team Red 5 Team Black 4

1st Period
Team Red: Carson Samoridny (Jake Virtanen, Spencer Humphries) 2:16
Team Red: Carson Samoridny (2) (Chase Clayton, Tyler Chavez-Leech) 7:30
Team Red: Mark Logan (Maverick Rafter, Nolan Parrington) 8:58

2nd Period
Team Red: Chase Clayton (Penalty Shot) 14:09
Team Black: Elliot Peterson (Keegan Milligan, Carter Coben) 14:29
Team Black: Greg Chase (Penalty Shot) 17:19
Team Red: Maverick Rafter (Chase Clayton, Austin Calladine) 28:54
Team Black: Pavlo Padakin (Trevor Cheek) 23:29
Team Black: Alex Gogolev (Ryan Duret) 24:18

Team Red:  Jacob Ruissen 30mins 12/12, Mack Shields 30mins 6/10
Team Black: Cole Forbes 30mins 13/16, Evan Johnson 30mins 18/20

                  Chase Clayton and Brady Brassart share a laugh during Team Red's victory

Team White 4 Team Copper 0

1st Period
Team White: Carter Suski (victor Rask) 5:47

2nd Period
Team White: Hudson Morrison (unassisted) 17:50
Team White: Victor Rask (unassisted) 20:52
Team White: Logan Franz (Devin Nemes, Taylor Balog) 23:00

Team White: Kyle Michalovsky 30mins 12/12, Gavin Klassen 30mins 7/7
Team Copper: Chris Driedger 30mins 14/15, Carson Franks 30mins 16/19

                  Scouts Rich Dusevic and Joe Kazeil helped guide Team White to victory

Junior Hockey Junies Golf Tournament

I just talked to Santa from the Junior Hockey Junkies and this is the last weekend to sign up for their upcoming golf tournament.  Here is the info!

The Junior Hockey Junkies extend a cordial invitation to all you avid golfers to join us for our 8th Annual JHJ Lost Ball Open Golf Tournament to take place on Saturday September 08 at the Silverwing Golf Course (http://www.silverwinggolf.com/golf/proto/silverwinggolf/index.htm). This will be a great way to close out the 2012 golf season and start talking about Hitmen hockey. If you are interested in taking part in this fun tournament please reply to this e-mail or call our Junior Hockey Junkies information line at 403-236-7560.

Tournament Details
Date:  Saturday September 08
Location:  Silverwing Golf Course (http://www.silverwinggolf.com/golf/proto/silverwinggolf/contact/contact.htm)
 Cost:  $115 per player [includes 18 Holes of golf, Power GPS Carts, Dinner & Prizes]

Also if you are interested in donating any prizes for the tournament they would be greatly appreciated. Please send tournament chairman Mike de Sa
Email to mailto:stickem@jrhockeyjunkies.com with all the details of your donation.

Sunday Morning Main Camp Scrimmage Results

Main camp scrimmages kicked this morning with a pair of games.  Both were two 30 minutes straight time periods.  Here are the results.

Team Black 4 Team White 2

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
Team White: Victor Rask (unassisted) 7:40
Team Black: Alex Farquhar (Alex Gogolev) 10:42
Team Black: Greg Chase (Trevor Cheek) 14:38
Team Black: Dylan Flutter (Trevor Cheek) 18:28
Team White: Matt McLeod (Danny Gayle) 19:15
Team Black: Alex Gogolev (Greg Chase) 27:03

Team Black: Evan Johnson 30mins 16/16, Cole Forbes 30mins 9/11
Team White: Gavin Klassen 30mins 17/17, Kyle Michalovsky 30mins 9/13

Team Red 4  Team Copper 1

1st period
Team Red: Mark Logan (unassisted) 2:56
Team Red: Jake Virtanen (unassisted) 22:30
Team Red: Chase Clayton (unassisted) 26:56

2nd period
Team Red:  Jake Virtanen (2) (unassisted) 18:40
Team Copper: Riley Derlago (Loch Morrison) 22:20

Team Red: Mack Shields 30mins 12/12, Jacob Ruissen 30mins 13/14
Team Copper: Carson Franks 30mins 12/15, Chris Driedger 30mins 20/21

There are two more scrimmages this afternoon.  Scoring summaries will be posted after the second game.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Hitmen Main Camp Fitness Test

Calgary Hitmen Main Camp kicked off Friday night with registration and fitness testing.  Over 50 players were tested in five different categories conducted by Hitmen strength and conditioning coach Sean Hope-Ross and the National Sports Development staff.  They included the following:  155lb Bench Press, Chin Ups, Curl Ups, Broad Jump and Beep-Test.
Here were the leaders in each category:

Bench Press
Spencer Humphries 25 reps

Chin Ups
Cameron Preymack 22

Broad Jump
Cody Sylvester 285 centimetres

Curl Ups (Also known as Sit-ups)
Paul Biegel 99

Beep-Test (An endurance running test)
Jacob Ruissen Stage 12.5

                                                Brady Brassart runs the beep test

                                               Peter Kosterman in the Curl-Up Test

                                              Greg Chase in the Broad Jump Test

A total of 26 rookies, who were not fitness tested for a second time, have been invited to main camp. 

Scrimmages begin Sunday morning at 8:30 with a total of 81 players split into four teams.  I'll be at all main camp scrimmages posting scoring summaries.

All on-ice sessions, including the Intra-Squad Game, are free and open to the public. Rosters will be available at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.

Calgary Hitmen 2012 Main Camp Itinerary
Sunday, August 26
8:30AM - 10:00AM    Game 1 (White vs. Black)
10:15AM - 11:45AM    Game 2 (Red vs. Copper)
1:00PM - 3:00PM    Game 3 (Red vs. Black)
3:15PM - 5:15PM    Game 4 (Copper vs. White)
Monday, August 27
9:00AM - 10:30AM    Game 5 (Black vs. White)
12:00PM - 1:30PM    Game 6 (Red vs. Black)
3:00PM - 4:30PM    Game 7 (Red vs. White)
Tuesday, August 28
11:00AM - 1:30PM    Annual Intra-Squad Game (Black vs. White)

Following Training Camp, the Hitmen will play a total of six pre-season games with the only local game taking place at WinSport (C.O.P.) on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. versus the Red Deer Rebels.  On Saturday, September 22, Calgary hosts division rival Kootenay Ice for the 2012-13 Adrenalin Source For Sports Home Opener.  Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Hitmen Rookies Fitness Tested

Calgary Hitmen Rookie Camp kicked off Thursday night with registration and fitness testing for the rookies.

A total of 79 player (age 15 and 16) were tested in five different categories.  They included the following:  135lb Bench Press, Chin Ups, Curl Ups, Broad Jump and Beep-Test.

Here were the leaders in each category:

Bench Press
Kyle Lissel 23 reps

Chin Ups
Geordie Keane 23

Curl Ups (Also known as Sit-ups)
Ben Shushkovsky 79

Broad Jump
Cole Zimmerman 254 centimetres

Beep-Test (An endurance running test)
Lawson McDonald, Addison Bazian, Andrew Jack and Shaun Cook all got to level 12.

The rookies now scrimmage until Saturday afternoon when a number of them will be promoted to main camp which opens Saturday night with fitness testing for the vets.  I'll be at all main camp scrimmages posting scoring summaries.

Pre-Training Camp Thoughts of Hitmen Head Scout Dan Bonar

Sportsnet 960 The Fan is home to the Calgary Hitmen with Husky Hitmen Hockey heard live throughout the season.

This week Hitmen Head Scout Dan Bonar joined the morning show to chat in advance of Training Camp which opened Thursday night with rookie fitness testing.

Click here to listen

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Updated: Calgary Hitmen Training Camp Schedule

Are you ready for some hockey?

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club will open their 2012 Training Camp on Thursday, August 23 at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex, 5206 - 68 Street NE. 

Over 70 prospects are expected to attend the six-day camp that will include on-ice practice sessions and games, fitness testing and goalie development. 

The week will be highlighted by the annual Calgary Hitmen Intra-Squad Game which takes place on Tuesday, August 28 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

All on-ice training camp sessions, including the annual Intra-Squad Game, are free and open to the public. 

Rosters will be available at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.

Calgary Hitmen Rookie Camp Itinerary
Friday, August 24
8:30AM-9:30AM Practice 1 (White)
9:45AM-10:45AM Practice 2 (Red)
11:00AM-12:00PM Practice 3 (Black)
12:15PM-1:15PM Practice 4 (Copper)
1:30PM-3:30PM Game 1 (White vs Red)
3:45PM-5:45PM Game 2 (Black vs Copper)

Saturday, August 25
8:30AM-10:00AM Game 3 (Red vs Copper)
10:15AM-11:45AM Game 4 (Black vs White)
12:00PM-1:00PM Goaltender Development (All Goalies)
1:15PM-3:15PM Game 5 (Red vs Black)
3:30PM-5:30PM Game 6 (White vs Copper)

Calgary Hitmen Main Camp Itinerary
Sunday, August 26
8:30AM-10:00AM Game 1 (White vs Black)
10:15AM-11:45AM Game 2 (Red vs Copper)
1:00PM-3:00PM Game 3 (Red vs Black)
3:15PM-5:15PM Game 4 (Copper vs White)

Monday, August 27
9:00AM - 10:30AM    Game 5 (Black vs. White)
12:00PM - 1:30PM    Game 6 (Red vs. Black)
3:00PM - 4:30PM    Game 7 (Red vs. White)

Tuesday, August 28 
11:00AM-1:30PM Game 6 (Intra-Squad) Black vs White

CAMP NOTES:  I'll be at camp posting fitness testing results from both the rookies and veterans as well as posting game summaries from all the main camp scrimmages here on the blog.