Calgary Wranglers Game Day – Looking for the first win against the Silver Knights

Photo credit:Terence Leung/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
1 year ago
The Calgary Wranglers play the first of a split weekend series against the Henderson Silver Knights. They’ve got games on back-to-back nights but two different opponents to face off against. First is Henderson on Saturday then Ontario on Sunday. Henderson gave Calgary some trouble in their last series, sweeping them in two games. The Silver Knights are the only team the Wranglers have faced this year to have a perfect record against them so this game will be an opportunity to try and make an effort towards settling the score.

Projected Lineups

Connor Zary – Radim Zohorna – Matthew Phillips
Mitch McLain – Ben Jones – Cole Schwindt
Brett Sutter – Kevin Rooney – Adam Klapka
Emilio Pettersen – Clark Bishop – Alex Gallant 
Ilya Solovyov – Nick DeSimone
Yan Kuznetsov – Nicolas Meloche
Jeremie Poirier – Colton Poolman
Dustin Wolf
Oscar Dansk
Brendan Brisson – Sakari Manninen – Sheldon Rempal
Gage Quinney – Ivan Morosov – Jonas Rondbjerg
Jermain Loewen – Connor Ford – Maxim Marushev
Spencer Foo – Colt Conrad – Kyler Marino 
Jake Bischoff – Lukas Cormier
Danil Chayka – Brayden Pachal
Layton Ahac – Peter DiLiberatore
Jiri Patera
Michael Hutchinson


Matthew Phillips – 34GP, 23G, 22A
Connor Zary – 40GP, 14G, 27A
Jakob Pelletier – 31GP, 15G, 19A (Inactive on NHL call-up)
Gage Quinney – 41GP, 18G, 15A
Sheldon Rempal – 42GP, 10G, 20A
Byron Froese – 36GP, 8G, 19A (Inactive on NHL call-up)

Notes and expectations

It’s been a couple of weeks since these teams last met so the Wranglers have had some time to rethink their strategy against the Vegas Golden Knight affiliate. They only scored three goals to Hederson’s seven through the last game’s series and are still searching for their first win against them this year. Thankfully for the Wranglers, if things go south, they will get to switch opponents the following night. 
The Wranglers are still missing some bodies to the Flames. Jakob Pelletier, Walker Duehr and Dennis Gilbert are slotting into the Flames roster and getting some active playing time with the big club. Pelletier’s and Duehr’s offensive abilities would be helpful against this tougher team but who are the Wranglers to get in between NHL playing time?
With Pelletier away from the Wranglers for the time being, Ben Jones is creeping up in points with his eye on the third spot for team scoring. He may overthrow Pelletier’s scoring in the upcoming games. Jones has been playing very good hockey lately with points in four out of five of his last games. In the 39 games he’s played this year, Jones is up to nine goals and 23 assists for a total of 32 points. Just two points behind Pelletier.
Standings-wise, this match-up weighs in favour of the Wranglers. Calgary sits second in the Pacific Division with a 28-10-2-0 record while Henderson sits at eighth in the Division with a 16-25-0-3 record. The Wranglers also have the second-best power play percentage in the league with their opponents way down at 25th in the AHL. If they are struggling to keep up with scoring in this game again, the special teams may be the spot to capitalize on. 
The Wranglers can cut the season series lead in half with a win against the Silver Knights. They just need the pieces of the puzzle to execute it. Their one-off game this weekend against Henderson is set to take place at 8:00 p.m. MT. After this, they will not play each other again until late February. You can catch this game on AHL.TV and FlamesNation contributors Mike Gould and myself will have updates on Twitter.

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