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Hitmen vs. Warriors Tonight

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
MOOSE JAW WARRIORS AT CALGARY HITMEN   

GAME 1 OF BEST-OF-SEVEN EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL

Thursday, March 18/10

7:00 p.m. (MST) Pengrowth Saddledome
Radio Brodcast on http://www.fan960.com/ starts at 6:00 pm with a 60 minutes pre-game show

HITMEN HEADLINES: The Calgary Hitmen wrapped up the 2009/10 Western Hockey League Regular Season Sunday afternoon at home with an 8-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels. The win was their ninth straight, a season high. Brandon Kozun led the way with four assists while Joel Broda and Kris Foucault each scored twice. Michael Stone, Ben Wilson, Del Cowan and Justin Kirsch all added singles. Michael Snider made 22 saves to record the win in goal as the Hitmen outshot the Rebels 26-23. The Hitmen finished the regular season with a record of 52-17-1-2. At 107 points they captured the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season Points Champion for the second year in a row and fourth time in franchise history (2009/10, 2008/09, 1999/2000 and 1998/99). To close the season the Hitmen picked up at least a point in 24 of their last 26 games going 23-2-0-1. 

VS MOOSE JAW: The Hitmen and Warriors met four times in the regular season with each team winning twice. Joel Broda led all Hitmen with six points (4g 2a) against the Warriors while Jason Bast topped Moose Jaw with four points (3g 1a) against the Hitmen.

Oct. 4 in Calgary: Warriors 4 Hitmen 3. Moose Jaw overcame a 3-1 third period deficit.

Oct. 10 in Moose Jaw: Warriors 6 Hitmen 3. Jason Bast 3g 1a.

Nov. 18 in Moose Jaw; Hitmen 2 Warriors 1 OT. Michael Stone scored the overtime winner while Martin Jones made 25 saves.

Jan. 22 in Calgary; Hitmen 5 Warriors 0. Martin Jones 23 save shutout. Joel Broda with a natural hat trick.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Shots on goal: Calgary 129 Moose Jaw 98 Powerplays: Calgary 7-20 35.0% Moose Jaw 2-16 12.5%.

PLAYOFF DATES: The Calgary / Moose Jaw Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Series is a 2-2-1-1-1 format with Calgary having home ice advantage. This will mark the fourth time in playoff history the Hitmen and Warriors will meet.  In 2000 Calgary swept Moose Jaw in the opening round.  In 2006 the Warriors ousted the Hitmen in seven games to win their second round series while in 2008 Calgary won their first round series in six games.

See complete first round schedule below:

Game #1 @ Calgary
Thursday, March 18th 7:00pm

Game #2 @ Calgary   
Saturday, March 20th 7:00pm

Game #3 @ Moose Jaw
Monday, March 22nd 7:00pm

Game #4 @ Moose Jaw
Tuesday, March 23rd 7:00pm

Game #5 @ Calgary
Thursday, March 25th 7:00pm (if necessary)

Game #6 @ Moose Jaw
Saturday, March 27th 7:00pm (if necessary)

Game #7 @ Calgary
Monday, March 29th 7:00pm (if necessary)

BOB CLARKE TROPHY: Hitmen forward Brandon Kozun won the Bob Clarke Trophy this season awarded to the player with the most points in the WHL. Kozun finished with 107 becoming just the third player in franchise history to receive the honor. Brad Moran won the WHL scoring race in 1999/2000 while Pavel Brendl captured the award in 1998/99. Kozun was also the top scoring player in the Canadian Hockey League this season finishing one point ahead of Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats, Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers and Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires who all had 106 points.

POST SEASON EXPERIENCE: The Hitmen have a combined 321 games of playoff experience. Michael Stone leads all players with 49 games played. Meanwhile there are eight players on the Hitmen roster without post season experience (Aschim, Beach, Kirsch, Kosterman, Rissling, Royer, Snider, Wilson). Brandon Kozun leads all Hitmen in playoff points with 37 (11g 26a).

HOME AND AWAY: The Hitmen led the WHL in road victories with 26 while their 26 home ice wins was third most in the league behind Brandon (28) and Tri-City (27).
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