SUN Hockey Pool

Game Day

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

TONIGHT, 7 P.M. SADDLEDOME TV: SHAW/RADIO: FAN960

CALGARY HITMEN vs. KOOTENAY ICE

HITMEN LEAD SERIES 3-2

COMING IN

The Hitmen have another chance -- their best chance -- to put the finishing touches on Kootenay tonight. If the Ice force Game 7, they would be overwhelming favourites. Kootenay dominated every facet of the game in Saturday's 4-0 win.

HEAD TO HEAD

Calgary leads the series 3-2 and are counting on home ice to push them into the second round for the third straight post-season. The Hitmen have a 4-1-1 record, including wins in Games 3 and 4, against Kootenay at the Saddledome this season.

WHO'S HOT

HITMEN -- RW Freddie Pettersson, who scrapped C Ben Maxwell late in the third period, was arguably Calgary's best player in the ugly Game 5 loss.

ICE -- G Taylor Dakers pitched a no-hitter in Game 5 and his teammates are feeding off his confidence.

WHO'S NOT

HITMEN -- Take your pick. No one generated much offensively in Game 5.

ICE -- C Clayton Bauer has been snakebitten around the Calgary crease.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 21.1% (8-38, 5th); Kootenay 22.9% (8-35, 4th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 77.1% (13th); Kootenay 78.9% (12th).

INJURIES

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

ICE -- RW Curtis Billsten (lower body, gametime decision).

NOTABLES

Calgary has played with the lead for 46:28 through the first five games while Kootenay led for a combined 108:26 ... Calgary is looking to avoid blowing another big series lead. The Hitmen have been up 3-1 (Brandon, '05) and 3-2 (Moose Jaw, '06) in the playoffs the past two seasons and went on to lose on both occasions.


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