Warm Up The Bus – My Take on the Kamloops Blazers: Alberta Road Trip
Sunday October 14, 2012: Game #1 – Kamloops @ Calgary
The Blazers kick off the road trip against the only other team in the WHL that has not lost in regulation time. The Hitmen (6-0-0-1) host the Blazers on the third night of a three-in-three weekend, in which the Hitmen have played three games in as many nights. The Blazers, who are practiced in Red Deer on Saturday, will come in relatively well rested.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
: The Blazers haven’t played since Friday night, where they beat the Spokane Chiefs by a 5-1 count in Kamloops. The Hitmen are coming off a 4-2 win over Red Deer on Saturday night, in which Cody Sylvester recorded two goals and Brooks Macek added to his team leading point total. Mack Shields got the win between the pipes for the ‘Men.
WHO TO WATCH
: As always, the Hitmen are going to have to try to contain the Lipon-Smith-Bozon trio. The three are red hot, and currently sit (1) – (6) – (11) in WHL scoring, respectively. The margin is smaller than it seems, as only five points separates 11th
spot from 1st
. The Blazers will have to watch out for Brooks Macek, who leads the team in points, and Cody Sylvester, who is the team goal scorer, currently with 7 on the year.
Cole Cheveldave will get the start in his hometown. The Blazers sophomore goaltender is near the top of the WHL in every goaltending category. The Hitmen, playing three games in three nights, have a pair of solid goaltenders in Mack Shields and Chris Driedger. Shields is in his first WHL season, and thus far has posted a pair of wins and as many losses, while boasting a 2.50 GAA and a .919 SV %. Driedger is expected to go tonight against the Blazers.
: Blazers F Rob Trzonkowski will make his first trip back to Calgary, where he played last season. The Blazers will play their first game at the Saddledome since the 2010-2011 season. Last year, the Blazers dropped a pair of games at home to the Hitmen. Hitmen F Jake Virtanen scored his first WHL goal against the Blazers last season. Cole Cheveldave is expected to get his first start in his hometown. Last night, the Hitmen finished a game in regulation for the first time in five games. The previous four ended in either OT or a shootout.
The Hitmen will come out hard, as they always do at home, but three games in three nights will prove too much and the Blazers will come out with the win.
Predicted score: KAM 4 CGY 2
Edited by MaximYapierre, 14 October 2012 - 03:08 PM.