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Game Preview: Hitmen At Rebels Nov. 30

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Last stop. Red Deer.

The Hitmen are set to wrap-up the season-high seven game road trip Friday night when they take on their Central Division rivals, the Rebels.

So far the Hitmen have gone 4-1-0-1 on the swing which has propelled them right back into the playoff race, only being four points back of a wildcard spot and third in the Central Division. Last weekend saw the Hitmen pick up three out of four points with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds and a 3-2 shootout loss to the Tri-City Americans.


Hitmen At Americans Nov. 24


With four games in the season series between the division opponents in the books, Red Deer have won all four tilts with four more clashes including Friday night left to go. Mark Kastelic (2G, 1A) is Calgary’s top performer in the series with three points while Jake Kryski (2A), Vladislav Yeryomenko (2A) are next with two each.

The Rebels have dropped the past three games with their most recent setback being at the hands of Medicine Hat Wednesday night by a 6-2 score. With just a one point lead over Edmonton for first in the division, the Rebels have gone 6-4 in their last ten games but still have three games in hand over the Oil Kings.

As the Hitmen not only end the long trip Friday night, it’ll also kick start another busy stretch with a three-in-three weekend after playing six games in nine days.

“We’ve played them really hard but with no result,” head coach Steve Hamilton said. “We want a different outcome and I think we are starting to take some serious steps forward as a team.

“The mindset on the U.S. trip was one day at a time, one game at a time and we want to keep sticking to that moving forward.”

Saturday and Sunday will see the Hitmen back on Scotiabank Saddledome ice for the first time since Remembrance Day, with clashes against Edmonton and Moose Jaw.

Jake Kryski continues to lead the team in assists as his point streak has added to his total
Jake Kryski continues to lead the team in assists as his point streak has added to his total

Hitmen Streaks:

Carson Focht (2G, 3A) and Jake Kryski (1G, 2A) are both riding three-game point streaks.

Josh Prokop (2A) has points in back-to-back games.  Riley Stotts (2G), Egor Zamula (2A) and Cael Zimmerman (2A) all have points in two of their last three games.

Carl Stankowski has won his last three starts in goal stopping 95 of 100 shots.

Hitmen Milestones:

Kaden Elder is four goals away from 50.

James Malm is six points shy from 150.

Layne Toder and Egor Zamula are both five games away from 100. 

Hitmen

Record: 10-13-2-1

Goals For: 91

Goals Against: 98

Leaders:

Goals: Mark Kastelic (21)

Assists: Jake Kryski (16)

Points: Kastelic (32)

Powerplay Goals: Kastelic (11)

Shorthanded Goals: Kastelic (2)

Shots: Kastelic (104)

Top Goalie: Carl Stankowski, 6-6-2, 3.72 GAA, 0.879 SV%

Rebels

Record: 16-8-1

Goals For: 89

Goals Against: 82

Leaders:

Goals: Jeff De Wit (17)

Assists: Brandon Hagel (26)

Points: Hagel (41)

Powerplay Goals: De Wit (7)

Shorthanded Goals: Reese Johnson (3)

Shots: Hagel (107)

Top Goalie: Ethan Anders, 14-5-1, 3.10 GAA, 0.912 SV%

The Hitmen powerplay has jumped into the top five in the league over the course of the trip
The Hitmen powerplay has jumped into the top five in the league over the course of the trip

Special Teams Rankings:

Hitmen

Powerplay: 22 for 89 24.7% (5th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 78.3% (10th Overall)

Rebels

Powerplay: 21 for 86 24.4% (8th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 75.8% (15th Overall)

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