The Calgary Hitmen (19-16-2-1) play game four of their BC Division road trip tonight on Vancouver Island against the Victoria Royals (13-22-2-2) in the first ever meeting between the two clubs. The Royals relocated from Chilliwack in the off season where they formally played as the Bruins. Calgary has won two in a row while Victoria is winless in their last six going 0-4-1-1. Internet Broadcast on http://www.sportsnet960.ca/ starts at 8:00 p.m. MST. Calgary is 2-1 on this swing, coming off Sunday afternoon’s 2-0 shutout win in Kelowna. The Royals last played Friday night, dropping a 7-6 decision on the road in Portland.
The Hitmen enter play with 41 points, three back of Brandon for seventh in the Eastern Conference, and four points up on Red Deer for the final playoff spot. Victoria has 30 points to sit eighth in the Western Conference two points ahead of Prince George for a post season berth but six three points back of both Seattle and Kelowna for sixth.
Calgary is 11-9-2-0 on the road this season, while Victoria is 8-8-1-1 at home.
STREAKIN: Jimmy Bubnick (1g 2a) is riding a three game point streak. Alex Gogolev has scored in back-to-back games and in three of his last four. Brooks Macek also has goals in back-to-back games. He also has an assist in that span (2g 1a). Brock Sutherland is a combined +4 in his last two games.
DID YOU KNOW? Victoria has scored three more goals than the Hitmen this season but have given up 71 more. The Royals have given up four or more goals in 10 straight games.
WHL LEADERS: Victoria’s Kevin Sundher is tied for fifth in WHL scoring with 60 points while Logan Nelson is tied for second in rookie scoring with 36 points…..Hitmen defenceman Collin Bowman has cracked the Top 10 in scoring among WHL defencemen. With 22 points, he is tied for 18th.
Cody Sylvester 14g 24a 38pts
Jimmy Bubnick 14g 17a 31pts
Victor Rask 16g 13a 29pts
Kevin Sundher 22g 38a 60pts
Jamie Crooks 20g 18a 38pts
Robin Soudek 17g 19a 36pts
Logan Nelson 14g 22a 36pts