Calgary Hitmen This Week: November 15-20

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Joanna French

CALGARY HITMEN SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 15

– Practice 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Wednesday, November 16

– Practice 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Thursday, November 17

– Practice 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Friday, November 18

– Practice 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Saturday, November 19

– Cardel’s Rockin’ Rally HOME GAME vs. Prince Albert Raiders is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

– Minor hockey teams are invited to wear team jerseys, bring signs and make lots of noise for a chance to win great prizes including $500 fundraising donations for your team, a visit from two Calgary Hitmen to one of your team’s practices and two opportunities to attend Cardel’s Hang with the Hitmen. In addition, minor hockey teams attending Saturday’s game will also receive a reduced ticket rate.

– Fans in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Hitmen schedule fridge magnet.

– Radio Broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The FAN starts at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

– CrossIron Mills Shoot for the Stars HOME GAME vs. Saskatoon Blades is 2:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

– Three lucky contestants will compete for a chance to win a $1,000 CrossIron Mills shopping spree in support of Habitat for Humanity Calgary.

– Join us for brunch before the game in the Avison Young Club Dining Room from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m. For brunch reservations, please call 403-571-9733. The reservation line is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Radio Broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The FAN starts at 2:00 p.m.

Note: The schedule is subject to change. Times are listed in Mountain Standard Time.

CALGARY HITMEN NEWS AND NOTES

HITMEN HEADLINES: Calgary (9-9-1-1) continues a four-game home stand Saturday against the Prince Albert Raiders (5-16-1-1). The Hitmen are coming off Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Rookie Alex Gogolev posted four points (2g 2a) in a first star performance while Trevor Cheek, Victor Rask, Jimmy Bubnick and Danny Gayle each netted one for the Hitmen. Special teams played a key role in the victory as Calgary went 3-5 on the powerplay while killing all three Hurricanes chances. Hitmen netminder Brandon Glover made 29 saves to pick up his third win of the season as Lethbridge outshot the Hitmen 31-29.

VS. PRINCE ALBERT: Saturday is the second of four meetings with the Raiders. The Hitmen lead the season series 1-0 following a 5-2 win in Prince Albert on November 1. Jimmy Bubnick tops the Hitmen with three points in the season series (3g) while Cody Sylvester (1g 1a) and Collin Bowman (2a) both have two. Last season Prince Albert won the season series taking three of four meetings.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Shots on Goal: P.A. 30 CAL 27

Powerplays: CAL 1-2 (50%) P.A. 0-5 (0%)

Next Meeting: Saturday, Nov. 26 at Prince Albert

TEAM LEADERS: Goals – Victor Rask (11); Assists – Brooks Macek (11); Points – Victor Rask and Cody Sylvester (16); Plus/Minus – Calder Brooks (+6); PIM – Spencer Humphries (43); PPG – Victor Rask (5); GW – Trevor Cheek, Brooks Macek and Jimmy Bubnick (2); SHG – Trevor Cheek (2); GAA – Chris Driedger (2.74); SV% – Chris Driedger (.901).

STREAKS: Alex Gogolev (3g 4a) and Danny Gayle (2g 2a) have points in back-to-back games. Jaynen Rissling (1g 4a) had his three-game point streak snapped Sunday.

MUCH IMPROVED: It took until December 10, or Game 31 for the Hitmen to win their eighth game of the season a year ago. This season’s eighth win came in Game 18.

EAST FEAST: Calgary is 6-2-1-1 against East Division teams including a 5-1-1 record on the road in Saskatchewan.

REGULAR SEASON CAREER WATCH: Jimmy Bubnick needs one assist for 100. Cody Sylvester needs two assists for 50 and is two games away from 200. Brooks Macek is four goals shy of 50.

MO SEASON IS NOW OPEN: The Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Flames and Canada Safeway Ltd. are teaming up to support Movember, a month to fight prostate cancer. Both Hitmen and Flames players and staff will grow moustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Visit ca.movember.com and search Calgary Hitmen or Calgary Flames to support your favourite team member.

Minor hockey coaches are invited to join the Hitmen Movember Team for an opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to an upcoming Hitmen game. Once a coach has raised over $300, the Hitmen will provide their minor hockey team with 20 free tickets. Minor hockey coaches can support the Hitmen Movember Team by visiting ca.movember.com/mospace/83792.

Fans are also encouraged to be part of the inaugural Hitmen Mo Bro challenge. Visit www.hitmenhockey.com to view the Mo Bro bios, photo gallery and video clip. Don’t miss your chance to decide which candidate will be the first to be inducted into the Hitmen Mo of Fame.

POST-GAME AUTOGRAPHS: After each home game this season a Hitmen player will be signing autographs at the Booster Club table located behind section 212. Meet Greg Chase following Saturday’s game and Danny Gayle after Sunday’s matchup.

NHL PROSPECTS: Brooks Macek (6th round Detroit 2010); Alex Roach (three-year, entry-level contract LA 2011); Victor Rask (three-year, entry-level contract Carolina 2011).

MOBILE APP: The official WHL Calgary Hitmen App for iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices is now available FREE from the iTunes store, Blackberry App World and Android Marketplace. The App allows fans to stay updated on the latest scores, statistics, standings and schedules, interact with other fans through chat, follow the Hitmen Twitter and Facebook feeds and purchase tickets through the mobile browser.

COMING UP: Next week Calgary hits the road to take on East and Central Division rivals starting in Brandon on Tuesday, November 22, followed by stops in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Edmonton.

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