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Game Preview: Hitmen At Broncos Sept. 21

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It’s time to drop the puck on a new season.

The Hitmen are set to kick off the 2019/20 WHL campaign on the road in Swift Current to take on the Broncos for the first of five meetings. During the 2018/19 season, the Hitmen won all four contests against the Broncos, led by Carson Focht (4G, 6A) and James Malm (4G, 6A) with 10 points while recent graduate Kaden Elder (5G, 1A) and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Riley Stotts (1G, 5A) both chipped in with six points.

The Saturday night clash comes on the heels of a 2-2 pre-season record for the Hitmen, as they finished the tune-up clashes strong after a 2-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers and 6-2 victory against the Red Deer Rebels last weekend.


Highlights – Hitmen vs Rebels Sept. 15


What They’re Saying

“We need to be an improved version of ourselves than we’ve been through the exhibition season. You can’t assume just because we got guys back that we are going to be better. We have to get our team game going and contributors throughout the lineup in terms of meaningful minutes.” – Steve Hamilton

“Everyone is excited to get started and build off of what we accomplished last year. It’s important we get off to a good start and remember that the season is a marathon and not a sprint” – Jack McNaughton

“I’m extremely excited to be here to make the step from midget to junior. I know it’s not going to be an easy transition but we have a great team and everyone has been so helpful in getting me ready for this season.” – Evan Toth


Quick Hits

In 178 career games, Woo has racked up 114 points (26G, 88A)
In 178 career games, Woo has racked up 114 points (26G, 88A)
  • During the season series last year, the Hitmen outscored the Broncos 24-8
  • Four Hitmen who have made the opening night roster have yet to play a regular season game in the WHL: Samuel Krajc, Adam Kydd, Jonas Peterek and Evan Toth
  • 16-year-olds Sean Tschigerl and Zac Funk both appeared in action last season as 15-year-olds, Tschigerl skated in eight games while Funk appeared in four
  • After being acquired in a trade during the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, defenceman Jett Woo is expected to make his Hitmen debut

Milestone Tracker

James Malm needs four points to reach 200

Dakota Krebs is four games away from 250

Riley Stotts is three goals shy of 50

Mark Kastelic is one goal shy of moving into a tie with Brett Sonne for 13th on the clubs all-time goal scoring list with 89.  Kastelic is also three points away from tying Sonne for 18th place on the all-time points list with 170


2018/19 Regular Season Leaders

Hitmen

Goals: Mark Kastelic (47)

Assists: Egor Zamula (46)

Points: Kastelic, Malm (77)

Power Play Goals: Kastelic (24)

Shots: Kastelic (255)

Top Goalie: Jack McNaughton, 25-14-3-1, 3.25 GAA, 0.888 SV%

Broncos

Leaders:

Goals: Joona Kiviniemi (16)

Assists: Connor Horning (23)

Points: Ethan Regnier, Horning (9)

Shots: Tanner Nagel (133)

Power Play Goals: Horning (6)

Top Goalie: Isaac Poulter, 3-20-1, 4.25 GAA, .891 SV%

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