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Game Preview: Centennials vs Wheat Kings Feb. 1

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The stakes are high.

Friday night not only marks the first game of the Corral Series presented by Adrenalin Source For Sports, but also an important tilt for two teams battling it out for a playoff spot.

The Centennials are riding a four-game win streak after a pair of 5-2 and 6-2 wins over the Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos. The most recent victory came Wednesday night which saw rookie goaltender Brayden Peters pick up his first career WHL win as he made 30 saves in his debut. James Malm scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the way while Cael Zimmerman, Layne Toder, Luke Coleman and Kaden Elder also found the back of the net.


Centennials vs Broncos Jan. 30


Friday marks the second of four meetings on the season between the clubs which saw Calgary take the opener in mid-October in Manitoba 4-3 in overtime. Mark Kastelic (2G), Carson Focht (2A) and Egor Zamula (2A) lead the Centennials with two points each so far.

With 54 points on the year, the Centennials sit five points up on Brandon for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.

And, although it’ll be quite the experience to bring hockey back to the historic Corral, the mindset is simple, win.

“It’s a special thing for the city and the organization,” head coach Steve Hamilton said. “It’s going to be surreal to take part in something that honours the history and something the guys won’t forget.

“End of the day, there’s still a game to be played and still valuable points up grabs.”

After the tilt at the Corral wraps up, Calgary will complete a stretch of five games in seven days tomorrow night in Red Deer.

With his recent point streak, Cael Zimmerman has set a career high in points (21)
With his recent point streak, Cael Zimmerman has set a career high in points (21)

Centennials Streaks:

James Malm (4G, 4A) is riding a six-game point streak.

Cael Zimmerman (2G, 2A) has points in four consecutive games.

Kaden Elder (2G, 4A) is riding a three-game point streak.

Mark Kastelic (2G, 2A), Riley Stotts (3A), Carson Focht (2G, 1A), Luke Coleman (1G, 1A), Jackson van de Leest (2A) and Egor Zamula (2A) all have points in back-to-back games.

Jack McNaughton is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 1.33 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.

Centennials Milestones:

Egor Zamula needs two assists for 50 while Carson Focht is four assists away from 50.

Riley Stotts is three points short of 100.

Kaden Elder is three games shy of 300.

Jack McNaughton is 59 saves away from 1,000 in his WHL career.

Centennials  

Record: 25-19-3-1

Goals For: 176

Goals Against: 164

Leaders:

Goals: Mark Kastelic (32)

Assists: Egor Zamula (32)

Points: Kastelic (52)

Powerplay Goals: Kastelic (16)

Shorthanded Goals: Luke Coleman, Kastelic (2)

Shots: Kastelic (188)

Top Goalie: Jack McNaughton, 18-12-1-1, 3.14 GAA, 0.893 SV%

Wheat Kings

Record: 21-19-3-4

Goals For: 157

Goals Against: 159

Leaders:

Goals: Stelio Mattheos (30)

Assists: Mattheos (36)

Points: Mattheos (66)

Powerplay Goals: Mattheos (14)

Shorthanded Goals: Caiden Daley (2)

Shots: Mattheos (186)

Top Goalie: Jiri Patera, 15-12-2-2, 3.21 GAA, .910 SV%

Centennials powerplay has jumped to second in the WHL after two powerplay goals Wednesday
Centennials powerplay has jumped to second in the WHL after two powerplay goals Wednesday

Special Teams Rankings:

Centennials

Powerplay: 44 for 171 25.7% (2nd Overall)

Penalty Kill: 80.9% (6th Overall)

Wheat Kings

Powerplay: 40 for 181 22.1% (11th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 71.8% (21st Overall)

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