Game Day

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

GAME 3 TONIGHT, 7 P.M. SERIES TIED 1-1, SADDLEDOME TV: SHAW/RADIO: FAN 960

KOOTENAY ICE vs. CALGARY HITMEN

COMING IN

The Central Division rivals split the first two games in Cranbrook. The Hitmen took the opener 2-1, while Kootenay responded with a 4-2 victory Saturday night.

HEAD TO HEAD

The Ice won six of the eight regular-season tilts but Calgary has fared better on home ice where it had a 2-1-1 record against Kootenay. The teams have met twice in the playoffs with Calgary winning in 1999 and Kootenay taking the 2000 series.

WHO'S HOT

ICE -- LW Ryan Russell scored twice in Saturday's win. He had a hat-trick in an 8-4 win at the 'Dome back in October.

HITMEN -- LW Brodie Dupont scored once in each game and continues to play his physical brand in the playoffs.

WHO'S NOT

ICE -- C Steve DaSilva, second in league scoring during the regular season with 91 points, was held to a single assist in the first two games.

HITMEN -- Rookie D Michael Stone, who had a trio of first-period penalties in Game 1, had Kootenay's tying goal bounce in off his skate in Game 2.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 11.1% (2-18, 11th); Kootenay 6.7% (1-15, T15th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 93.3% (T1st); Kootenay 88.9% (6th).

INJURIES

HITMEN -- D Alex Plante (elbow, week to week), C Riley Merkley (concussion, indefinite)

ICE -- None.

NOTABLES

The Hitmen were 22-11-2-1 (.653) on home ice during the regular season. Kootenay had a near-identical 21-11-2-2 (.639) record on the road, which was third in the league ... Calgary killed off the first 13 shorthanded situations in the series.


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