Ticats try to avoid 0-3 start (video)

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have not started a season 0-and-3 since 2007.

On Friday night, they hope to keep that streak going when they visit the Calgary Stampeders.

CHML’s coverage of the game begins with the Pregame Show at 9pm, live from Frisco’s Eatery & Sports Bar on Upper James.

Kick off from McMahon Stadium in Calgary, brought to you by Sterling Honda of Hamilton and Halton Honda of Burlington, is at 10pm Eastern Time.

The Stamps come in to the game with a record of 2-and-0, and have not started a season with three straight victories since 2000.

The 0-and-2 Ticats have begun each of the last five years by losing their first two games, only to win their third.

But each third game over the past five seasons has been at home, so this time around Hamilton will have to snap their slide on the road.

It won’t be easy for the Cats, who have lost their last four games against the Stamps and eight of their last nine meetings.

Hamilton’s last win over Calgary was a 55-36 blowout in 2011 when the two teams faced off in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Ticats are coming off their first of two bye weeks this season and head coach and general manager Kent Austin has made a number of lineup changes.

CLICK HERE to see Hamilton’s depth chart.

Jeremiah Masoli will make his first career CFL start in place of Zach Collaros, who suffered a concussion in the Week 2 loss in Edmonton.

The last three QBs to make their first CFL start with Hamilton all lost, Quinton Porter in 2008, Richie Williams in 2007 and Timmy Chang in 2007.

Kevin Eakin, who threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-32 win over the Ottawa Renegades in 2005, is the last Ticats pivot to win in his CFL debut.

Other Ticats to hit the injured list this week include receiver Cary Koch and linebacker Rico Murray.

Receiver Andy Fantuz has recovered from the concussion he suffered in the preseason and will suit up against the Stamps, as will fellow receiver Greg Ellingson and linebacker Marcellus Bowman, all of whom will play for the first time this season.

Taylor Reed will supplant Frederic Plesius as the starting middle linebacker while Erik Harris takes over for Murray.

Bowman is expected to replace Ticats leading tackler Simoni Lawrence, making for a new look linebacking corps, after Lawrence got hurt in Wednesday’s practice.

And recently signed right tackle Jeremy Lewis will start Friday night, pushing fellow first year CFLer Dominic Alford to the left side of the offensive line.

The Stampeders are not without their own injury concerns, topped by the concussion to 2013 Most Outstanding Player Jon Cornish.

CLICK HERE to see Calgary’s depth chart.

Calgary is also play without defensive back Keon Raymond, linebacker Deron Mayo and receiver Maurice Price.

Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has compiled a record of 5-and-0 as a starter in the CFL and is two wins shy of tying Jeff Garcia’s league record of seven straight wins to start a career.

Hamilton is 30-and-55 all-time against the Stampeders, including a 9-and-33 record in Calgary.

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