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Game Preview: Hitmen At Chiefs Nov. 17

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It’s time to keep rolling.

The Hitmen head south of the border Saturday night for the lone meeting of the season against the Spokane Chiefs.

Fresh off a 5-0 win over the Kootenay ICE Friday night to kick off the season-high seven game road trip, the Hitmen have won two straight as they look to match their season-high three game win streak which came in October. Ryder Korczak scored a pair with Mark Kastelic and Jake Kryski chipping in with two points (1G, 1A) to lead the Hitmen attack against Kootenay. Jack McNaughton stopped all 19 shots that came his way to pick up his first career WHL shutout. It was also the first Hitmen shutout since March 11 2016.


Hitmen vs ICE Nov. 16


The last time the two clubs met was last year at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 24 that saw the visitors come away with a 6-4 win. Calgary’s last win in Spokane came on Feb. 20, 2015 by a score of 4-3. Colby Harmsworth scored the game winner, snapping a 3-3 tie with 7:22 remaining.

In the midst of playing six games in nine nights, the Hitmen will have little rest but know that the trip is an important time to rack up points.

“We experienced success on the road earlier on in the year,” head coach Steve Hamilton said. “We felt good playing away from home being together all the time, being on the road means a lot.

“I like our team and I like the way we play. We do good things and we’ve seen a lot of growth since the beginning of the year.”

The Hitmen will have a couple days off before returning to action Tuesday night to take on the Everett Silvertips, followed by a date against the Portland Winterhawks the following evening.

Hitmen Milestones:

Luke Coleman is two goals short of 50.

Jake Kryski is one game away from 300.

Kaden Elder is three goals away from 50.

Jack McNaughton has stopped 48 of his last 51 shots in back-to-back wins
Jack McNaughton has stopped 48 of his last 51 shots in back-to-back wins

Hitmen Streaks:

Luke Coleman (2G, 2A) is on a four-game point streak.

Egor Zamula (1G, 3A) has points in three consecutive games.

Carson Focht (1G, 4A) and Mark Kastelic (2G, 1A) both have points in back-to-back games

Jack McNaughton has won his last two starts.

Hitmen

Record: 7-12-2

Goals For: 76

Goals Against: 86

Leaders:

Goals: Mark Kastelic (16)

Assists: Jake Kryski (13)

Points: Kastelic (27)

Powerplay Goals: Kastelic (8)

Shorthanded Goals: Kastelic (2)

Shots: Kastelic (82)

Top Goalie: Jack McNaughton, 4-5, 3.46 GAA, 0.886 SV%

Chiefs

Record: 11-7-1-2

Goals For: 82

Goals Against: 77

Leaders:

Goals: Riley Woods (15)

Assists: Ty Smith (26)

Points: Woods (30)

Powerplay Goals: Woods (5)

Shorthanded Goals: Carter Chorney (2)

Shots: Woods (74)

Top Goalie: Bailey Brkin, 7-3-1-1, 2.90 GAA, 0.912 SV%

Calgary Hitmen v Spokane Chiefs
After two powerplay goals Friday night, the Hitmen powerplay sits just outside of the top ten in the league.

Special Teams Rankings:

Hitmen

Powerplay: 17 for 75 22.7% (11th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 75% (16th Overall)

Chiefs

Powerplay: 22 for 88 25% (6th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 78.9% (9th Overall)

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