CALGARY HITMEN THIS WEEK: November 29-December 4

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Joanna French

Tuesday, November 29

– Calgary Hitmen Shootout in support of the CBC Calgary Suncor Energy Food Bank Drive 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

at 150 – 8 Avenue SW.

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

Wednesday, November 30

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

– Canada Safeway Movember Shave 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Thursday, December 1

– AWAY GAME vs. Edmonton Oil Kings is 7:00 p.m. at Rexall Place.

– Online broadcast on www.sportsnet960.ca starts at 7:00 p.m. Follow the Husky Hitmen Hockey link.

Friday, December 2

– Canada Safeway Movember HOME GAME vs. Spokane Chiefs is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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

– Friday is Student Night. Show your student I.D. to receive a special ticket rate of $8.

Saturday, December 3

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

Sunday, December 4

– 17th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss HOME GAME vs. Medicine Hat Tigers is 4:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

– Online broadcast on www.sportsnet960.ca starts at 4:00 p.m. Follow the Husky Hitmen Hockey link.

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

CALGARY HITMEN NEWS AND NOTES

HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (14-10-1-1), coming off a four-game East Division road trip, visit the Edmonton Oil Kings (15-8-1-2) for the first time this season on Thursday. The Hitmen won all four games on the East Division swing including an 8-2 win in Prince Albert on Saturday. Brady Brassart (2g 1a) and Spencer Humphries (1g 2a) both had three points each to lead the scoring attack while Brooks Macek, Trevor Cheek, Danny Gayle, Jaynen Rissling and Kenton Helgesen also scored for Calgary. Gayle’s goal extended his career high point scoring streak to eight games, while Helgesen’s marker was his first goal in the Western Hockey League. Chris Driedger made 25 saves in the Hitmen net, including 14 in the first period when Prince Albert outshot Calgary 15-5.

VS. EDMONTON: Thursday is the first of six meetings with the Oil Kings. Last season Edmonton went 5-1 in the season series. The Hitmen and the Oil Kings will meet again Tuesday, December 6 in Edmonton.

MUCH IMPROVED: After starting the season 1-4-0-1, the Hitmen have gone 13-6-1-0, including 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games.

ROAD RUN: Calgary went 4-0 on their East Division road trip posting wins in Brandon Tuesday (6-3), Moose Jaw Wednesday (5-2), Saskatoon Friday (6-2) and Prince Albert Saturday (8-2). Overall the Hitmen have picked up at least a point in their last seven games in enemy rinks posting a record of 6-0-1-0.

– Nov. 22 in BDN: Hitmen 6 Wheat Kings 3. Alex Gogolev scored twice as Calgary outshot Brandon 41-26.

– Nov. 23 in M.J: Hitmen 5 Warriors 2. Brandon Glover made 30 saves for Calgary who built period leads of 1-0 and 4-0.

– Nov. 25 in SAS: Hitmen 6 Blades 2. Calgary handed the Blades their first home ice loss of the season.

– Nov. 26 in P.A: Hitmen 8 Raiders 2. Calgary scored three second period goals in the span of 3:01 to post a 4-1 lead

heading into the third.

300 CLUB: Defenceman Collin Bowman played in his 300th regular season WHL game on Saturday, Nov. 26. Bowman played his first game on February 20, 2007 when he suited up for the Kelowna Rockets against the Chilliwack Bruins.

GETTING NOTICED: Netminder Chris Driedger is ranked second amongst WHL goaltenders in the Central Scouting preliminary rankings for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Driedger, the Ed Willams Player of the Month for October, holds a record of 6-5-1-1 with a 2.98 GAA and 0.893 save percentage.

TEAM PACIFIC: Rookie Greg Chase has been named to Team Pacific for the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, December 29, 2011 – January 4, 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. Three current Calgary Hitmen, Chase Clayton, Keaton Lubin and Rob Trzonkowski, represented Team Pacific at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba one year ago.

STREAKS: Danny Gayle (4g 7a) is on a career high eight-game point streak. Jimmy Bubnick (6g 7a) is on a seven game streak while Trevor Cheek (3g 6a) and Brady Brassart (3g 6a) are riding six-game point streaks. Cody Sylvester (5g 8a) had his six-game point streak snapped Saturday. Brandon Glover has won his last six starts in net while posting a 2.00 GAA and .938 save percentage.

DID YOU KNOW: Victor Rask (13g 9a) and Alex Gogolev (10g 11a) are in the Top 10 Rookie Scorers in the WHL. Rask is tied for first in powerplay goals with six while Gogolev is in a three-way tie for third with four.

REGULAR SEASON CAREER WATCH: Brooks Macek is two goals shy of 50. Collin Bowman needs eight assists for 100.

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).

HITMEN MO BROS: The Hitmen Movember Team sits first amongst CHL teams and second overall in the league’s Movember initiatives with over $10,400 raised to support the fight against prostate cancer. Fans are 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. Brock Sutherland is signing on Friday, Dec. 2 and Collin Bowman is signing on Dec. 4.

MOBILE APP: Download the official WHL Calgary Hitmen App for iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices free from the iTunes store, Blackberry App World and Android Marketplace.

UP NEXT: Calgary hosts the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, Dec. 2 for the Canada Safeway Movember game and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the 17th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss game. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. Friday and 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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