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Hitmen rally to beat Portland 5-4 in overtime

Jake Bean’s marvellous rookie season continues.

The 16-year-old defenceman blasted one from the point in overtime, beating former Hitmen goalie Evan Johnson, getting the start for Portland against his old team, to give Calgary a 5-4 victory, their 15th in the last 16 games. 109 more words

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Hitmen top Thunderbirds to clinch playoff spot, take division lead

Using their game in hand on the Medicine Hat Tigers perfectly, the Calgary Hitmen beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 on Tuesday to move two points ahead of their rivals for the Western Hockey League’s Central Division lead. 151 more words

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'Dub Weekly: The fictional Battle of Alberta would be interesting

Forward Carsen Twarynski along with defencemen Ben Thomas and Jake Bean all grew up dreaming of one day playing for their hometown Calgary Hitmen.

Not only have the trio accomplished that goal, they’re all valuable contributors to Calgary’s Western Hockey League entry, which has won four straight games and 13 of their past 14. 746 more words

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Hitmen complete home-and-home sweep of rival Tigers

Brendan Burke admitted he had a bit of luck on his side on Tuesday.

Burke stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced to backstop the Calgary Hitmen to a 4-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers in front of 7,171 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 609 more words

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'Dub Weekly: Rankin returning to where WHL career began

Although one streak ended on Friday night, the Calgary Hitmen continued another run of good fortune the next night against the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Just one night after losing 4-2 at home to the Saskatoon Blades to snap a nine-game winning streak, the Hitmen edged the Tigers 2-1 in Medicine Hat to record their fifth straight road win. 730 more words

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Hitmen win ninth in a row, putting pesky Cougars away in a shootout

It wasn’t easy, but the Calgary Hitmen extended their season-best winning streak to nine-straight games on Wednesday.

Connor Rankin scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout to lead the Hitmen to a 4-3 win over the Prince George Cougars in front of 7,072 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 600 more words

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Letter: Chris Phillips is a class act on and off ice

Re: Record-setting Phillips greeted by surprise guest — his mom, Feb. 4.

Congratulations to Chris Phillips on his milestone with the Ottawa Senators franchise. Before he began his stellar career in Ottawa, he was a star in the Western Hockey League with the Prince Albert Raiders, and I was extremely fortunate to be the newspaper reporter who covered his early exploits. 64 more words

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