Hitmen Dominant Tigers in 6-2 Victory
The Calgary Hitmen played the first of two weekend home games tonight when they welcomed the Central Division leaders the Medicine Hat Tigers to Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary was dominant, coming out with a 6-2 victory.
Medicine Hat would strike first courtesy of Shane Smith. Calgary would follow up with a goal from Wyatt Pisarczyk to tie the game just over the halfway mark of the period. Ben Kindel would add to the Calgary offense scoring shorthanded on a breakaway.
The second period saw Carson Wetsch’s 19th of the season to make it 3-1 Calgary. Carter Yakemchuk would net his 24th on the power play to increase Calgary’s lead to three. With that goal Yakemchuk has tied Jake Bean for the Hitmen record of most goals scored by a defenceman in a single season.
Medicine Hat was kept off the score sheet until the third period, when Rhett Parsons was able to get one past Ethan Buenaventura. That would be the last goal for the visitors, with David Adaszynski and Oliver Tulk scoring 30 seconds apart to make the final score 6-2.
Calgary is now inside the playoff picture tied with the Lethbridge Hurricanes for seventh in the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.
Calgary is back at the Scotiabank Saddledome tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10 for a 2:00 p.m. start against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Saturday is the ‘Every Child Matters’ Game presented by Siksika Health Services in partnership with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, the Blackfoot Confederacy, First Nations Health Consortium and Siksika Family Services. Highlights will include Indigenous dancers and drummers, traditional Blackfoot foods and a second intermission round dance. Hitmen players will also wear their orange ‘Every Child Matters’ jerseys