Game Preview: Hitmen vs Thunderbirds Oct. 28

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No rest, all play.

The Hitmen are back on Scotiabank Saddledome ice Monday night, to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds in the lone meeting of the season between the clubs. It’s a quick turnaround for the Hitmen as they end a stretch of three games in four days after two road games in Saskatchewan.

Fresh off a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over the Regina Pats in the Prairie Classic, the Hitmen have matched a season-high four-game win streak headed into the tilt. Mark Kastelic scored twice with Jonas Peterek and Luke Prokop adding single markers. Regina product Carson Focht scored the overtime winner 59 seconds in to give the Hitmen the extra point.

Prairie Classic Highlights – Hitmen At Pats

Monday’s clash kicks off a five-game home stand for the Hitmen, looking to further use home ice to their advantage as they have set a mark of 5-1 to start the season.

It’s been an impressive start to the season with an 8-2-1 record through the first 11 games, and things are about to kick into high gear with a busier schedule in November.

What They’re Saying

“If we can get offence spread throughout the lineup, we’ll be in a healthy position long term. Guys are stepping up and finding ways to contribute each night and you need that. You can’t rely on just one or two lines, all four need to roll and it’s been good to see our guys answer the call early on.” – Steve Hamilton

“It’s a quick turnaround and the important thing is to take care of our bodies and come prepared right at puck drop. We haven’t had a stretch like this yet with a quick turnaround of two road games then back home on the season so it’ll be a good test.” – Mark Kastelic

Quick Hits

Calgary enters tonight having won four games in a row which ties a season high.  During their current run they have outscored the opposition by a combined score of 22-12.

Mark Kastelic (8G, 3A) is riding a seven-game point streak. Egor Zamula (4G, 11A) has at least a point in 10 of his 11 games this season.

At 11 games, Calgary is tied with Victoria for the fewest games of any team in the WHL this season.

Hitmen recorded a 5-2 victory in their lone battle last season on Nov. 23, 2018 in Kent.  Mark Kastelic and Luke Coleman both scored twice with Coleman adding an assist for a team leading three points.

Milestone Tracker


Mark Kastelic is one goal away from moving into a tie with Cody Sylvester for fifth place on the clubs all-time goal scoring list at 97 goals.  Kastelic is also 15th on the all-time points list at 178, three back of Michael Stone who sits 14th with 181 points

Layne Toder is two games shy of 150

Riley Stotts six games away from 200

2019/20 Stats Leaders 


2019/20 Leaders:

Goals: Carson Focht (9)

Assists: Zamula (11)

Points: Focht, Zamula (15)

Power Play Goals: Zamula (3)

Shots: Focht (48)

Top Goalie: Jack McNaughton, 5-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.851 SV%



Goals: Andrea Kukuca (5)

Assists: Matthew Wedman (7)

Points: Kukuca, Wedman (11)

Shots: Wedman (52)

Power Play Goals: Kukuca (3)

Top Goalie: Roddy Ross, 4-3-2-1, 3.08 GAA, .911 SV%

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