Thursday, 18 September 2014

Hitmen finish pre-season at 4-2

The Calgary Hitmen exploded for four goals in the first period, including a pair of markers just 23 second apart, en-route to a 4-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice Sunday afternoon in Coleman at the Crowsnest Sports Complex.

The victory was the second in as many days for the Hitmen who finish the Western Hockey League pre-season schedule with a record of 4-2.

Landon Welykholowa and Pavel Karnaukhov both had a goal and an assist to lead the Hitmen attack while Jake Bean and Mike Winther rounded out the scoring.

Kootenay outshot Calgary 25-16 but Evan Johnson turned in a solid goaltending performance making 24 saves to pick up the win.

Austin Wellsby had the lone goal for the Ice in a game where all the scoring came in the first period.

The Hitmen penalty killers played a key role in the victory holding the Kootenay powerplay to just one goal on nine chances while Calgary was 1-4 with the extra attacker.

The Hitmen will now get ready to open their 72-game 2014-15 WHL regular season schedule on Saturday, September 20 with the Adrenalin Source for Sports Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit or call 403-777-4646.

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