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GAME PREVIEW: HOME OPENER VS BRONCOS

HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen (1-0-0-0) play their 2022-23 Western Hockey League home opener at Scotiabank Saddledome tonight against the Swift Current Broncos (0-1-0-0).  Game time is 7:00 p.m. Be sure to take advantage of the $6 Hitmen Happy Hour from when doors open at 6:00 p.m. up until the opening faceoff.  Items include pizza, burgers, hot dogs, 14-ounce beer, highballs and 5-ounce house wine all for $6 each.  Home opener highlights include a special pre-game ceremony featuring player introductions.

SWIFT CURRENT: Tonight is the second of five regular season meetings between the two Central Division rivals. Calgary edged the Broncos 2-1 last night in the regular season opener in Swift Current. Carson Wetsch and Maxim Muranov supplied the Hitmen goals while defenceman Grayden Siepmann added a pair of assists.  Muranov’s tally 2:55 into the third period broke a 1-1 tie.  Calgary is 3-2-0-0 in their last five home games against Swift Current.  The two clubs won’t meet again until Wednesday, Dec. 7 back at InnovationPlex.

 

2022-23 SERIES RECAP

Sept. 23/22 in SC: Hitmen 2 Broncos 1…The Hitmen never trailed as Ethan Buenaventura made 18 saves to record the win.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Shots on Goal: CGY 20   SC 19      Power Plays: CGY 1-7 (14.3%)   SC 0-5 (0%)

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Matteo Danis, Carson Wetsch and Carter Yakemchuk all had three shots on goal each last night in Swift Current to top the Hitmen.  Oliver Tulk was the team face-off leader winning 15 draws while Steel Quiring was next with seven wins.

STATS PACK:  In their previous 27 home openers, the Hitmen have an all-time record of 19-5-2-1.

LET’S GO CAMPING: Four Hitmen headed to NHL camps earlier this month: Tyson Galloway (St. Louis), Sean Tschigerl (Anaheim), Riley Fiddler-Schultz (LA) and Brayden Peters (Anaheim).  So far only Peters has returned.

WHL DEBUT: Three Hitmen made their first career appearance in a regular season game last night in Tomis Marinkovic, London Hoilett and Vojtech Husinecky.  Marinkovic picked up the primary assist on the game winning goal.

2022 PRE-SEASON RECAP: Calgary went a perfect 4-0 during their four-game exhibition schedule.  Defenceman Carter Yakemchuk led the team in scoring with six points (6a) while David Adaszynski (2g, 2a), Zac Funk (2g, 2a), Carson Wetsch and Matteo Danis (1g, 3a) all notched four points each.  Prospect Christian Francis led the goaltending department with a 1.44 goals against average.

TRANSACTIONS: On Wednesday, the Hitmen sent sophomore forward Mason Finley to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.  The club also reassigned prospects Rory Neill, Briggs Orr and Xander Schulte.

MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS INJURY REPORT: Alex Garrett (day-to-day, upper body). Zac Funk is suspended for one game for match penalty.

HOME AND AWAY COMPARISON: Last season Calgary posted a home ice record of 14-15-5-0 while Swift Current was 11-18-4-1 on the road.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Matteo Danis returns to the Hitmen roster this season after starting the 2020-21 campaign with the club.  Danis played the balance of last season in the Alberta Elite Hockey League with the AAA U18 Calgary Royals where ne notched 32 points (11g, 21a) in 34 games to finish second in team scoring.

REGULAR SEASON CAREER MILESTONE WATCH: Brayden Peters needs just two appearances to reach 100.  Zack Funk is three games away from 100 and four points shy of 50.  Matthew Sutter is three games away from 50.

ALUMNI REPORT: Brooks Macek is in the KHL with Yekatrinburg Automobilist.  In 10 games the 30-year-old forward has 15 points (6g, 9a) to lead the team in scoring.  Macek played parts of three seasons with the Hitmen finishing with 80 points (32g, 48a) in 70 games during his final season of 2012-13.

UPCOMING GAMES: Calgary will enjoy a full seven-day break before their next game against Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Scotiabank Saddledome.  The 2 p.m. start is also the first Sunday Funday of the season, presented by Brookfield Residential.  In addition to $2 food and beverage specials all game long, look for concourse activities from Telus Spark, and a cast of characters outfitted by the Costume Shoppe.

TICKETS:  Fans can still purchase a season pass for the 2022-23 campaign which sees a per game cost of $20.09 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10 per child.  It includes 27 regular season home games at the ‘Dome, six games at Seven Chiefs Sportsplex, a $50 C of Red Card, a Wranglers ticket, a Roughnecks ticket plus several other exciting offers.  Find full details at hitmenhockey.com/cgyhockeyclub.

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