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Hitmen Report: The playoff race tightens

The Calgary Hitmen won two out of three games this past week, gaining some ground in the divisional playoff race. But they lost a game against a team chasing them, which tightened the wildcard race.

The week that was

Friday: beat Medicine Hat 3-1

In a tight-checking game, the Hitmen were really elevated by the goaltending of Carl Stankowski (who made 29 saves). Mark Kastelic, Egor Zamula and Carson Focht (with an empty netter) scored the Calgary goals, while Elijah Brown scored for the Tigers.

Saturday: beat Medicine Hat 5-3

The second half of the home-and-home was a bit looser offensively, but the Hitmen managed to stay a step ahead of their provincial rivals. Kastelic had a hat trick, while Luke Coleman and Vladislav Yeryomenko also scored. The Tigers were paced by a multi-point game by Tyler Preziuso and 34 saves from netminder Jordan Hollett. Stankowski had 27 saves for his second win in as many nights.

Wednesday: lost 5-1 in Brandon

Facing a desperate Wheat Kings club that really needed the points, the Hitmen weren’t at their best on Wednesday. Stankowski allowed goals on the first three shots he faced and was chased from the game. Stelio Matheos and Cole Reinhardt each had a pair of goals for Brandon, while Yeryomenko had the lone Hitmen marker.

The week ahead

The Hitmen enter the weekend in the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. They’re two points back of Medicine Hat for a divisional playoff spot, two points up on Red Deer for the second wildcard spot, and two points up on the Wheat Kings (who are outside of the playoffs). It’s safe to say that the playoff race is very tight.

Calgary has three games this week, all against non-divisional foes. They finish off their road trip with games Friday in Regina and Saturday in Swift Current. They’re back home on Wednesday when they host Swift Current.

      • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

        I care. Considering that they started the season off so poorly, it’s awesome to think they could realistically finish 3rd in the Central if they keep this up (and who knows they’re only five points out of second and seven points out of first as well). They’ve also mostly been doing all this winning without their best defenceman in Zamula and a top 20 year old in Kryski. Picking up James Malm completely changed this team.

    • BlueMoonNigel

      I care, dog breath!

      Hate to say it but it has become impossible for me to listening to Hitmen games on 960 since the departure of Ken Thrower. He was hilarious! What a duo he and Brad made! They made listening to the games fun. Thrower’s replacement just doesn’t have it. He is humourless and way too colourless to be a colour guy.