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Game Preview: Hitmen At Hurricanes Dec. 27

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It’s back to business.

After a 10-day break, the Hitmen return to action Friday night in Lethbridge to take on the Hurricanes for the third meeting of the season.

The two clubs split the first two games of the series prior to the break with the Hitmen coming out on top in the most recent clash with a 5-2 win on Dec. 15, led by Riley Fiddler-Schultz (2G), Riley Stotts (1G, 1A), and Josh Prokop (1G, 1A). Carson Focht added the other tally while Jack McNaughton needed just 15 saves to backstop the Hitmen to victory.


Highlights Dec. 15: Hitmen vs Hurricanes


With a record of 16-10-3-1 so far, the Hitmen are seven points ahead of last season when they were 13-14-2-1 through the first 30 games. It has been a big improvement that they look to build off of, also having the luxury of games in hand over the teams they are chasing in the Central Division in Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.

And to make things even more interesting for the Hitmen, the next nine of 10 games will be against division foes.

Major points on the line.

There’s no easing back into things returning from the holiday break, with the club tasked with seven games in ten days. A lot of hockey, with a lot of chances to move up in the standings and make some noise.


Quick Hits

Goaltender Jack McNaughton is 6-1-1-0 in his last eight starts, posting a 2.46 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.

Riley Stotts (7g, 6a) has points in eight of his last nine games, James Malm (3a) has points in three of his last four games

In the next eight games, the Hitmen will face Lethbridge four times, Medicine Hat on three occasions and Edmonton once. Calgary is 6-6-2- 0 against Central Division foes this season.

Hitmen are 4-4-3-1 in one goal games this season


Milestone Tracker

Riley Stotts has 62 goals and 87 assists in 213 career games played as he closes in on the milestone
Riley Stotts has 62 goals and 87 assists in 213 career games played as he closes in on the milestone

Riley Stotts need one point for 150.

Mark Kastelic needs three points for 200. He is 12th on the clubs all-time points list, nine back of Brandon Segal’s 206. Kastelic is also four goals behind Segal for fourth place on the clubs all-time goal scoring list. Segal has 110.

Jack McNaughton needs 29 saves to move into a tie with Brandon Glover for 11th place on the clubs all-time regular season saves list at 1,561.

Josh Prokop is five games away from 100


2019/20 Stats Leaders

Hitmen

Goals: Mark Kastelic (18)

Assists: Zamula (21)

Points: Stotts (32)

Power Play Goals: Kasteilc, Stotts, Zamula (4)

Shots: Focht (103)

Top Goalie: Jack McNaughton, 11-3-1-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.883 SV%

Hurricanes

Leaders:

Goals: Oliver Okuliar (23)

Assists: Alex Cotton (27)

Points: Dylan Cozens (46)

Power Play Goals: Okuliar (7)

Shots: Cozens (147)

Top Goalie: Carl Tetachuk, 11-6-0-5, 2.40 GAA, .916 SV%

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