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GAME 1 @ LETHBRIDGE

@ LETHBRIDGE: The annual home and home series to start the campaign kicks off tonight. Medicine Hat will travel down Highway 3 to begin the 17-18 season. Medicine Hat finished last season with 51 wins and registering 103 points. It was only the 7th time in franchise history the team hit the century mark. For Lethbridge, a trip to the Eastern Conference Championship is in their back pocket, after coming up short in 6 games versus the Regina Pats.

BY THE NUMBERS

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2017

2016-17 WHL RANKINGS:

OVERALL: (51-20-1-0)

HOME: 26-9-1-0

AWAY: 25-11-0-0

Central Division: 1st

Eastern Conference: 2nd

INJURY UPDATES:

Mason Shaw out 4-6 months, Zach Fischer day to day, Jordan Hollett day to day

16-17 SEASON SERIES VS. HURRICANES

OVERALL: 4-3-0-0

HOME: 3-1-0-0

AWAY: 1-2-0-0

LAST 5 SEASONS: 17-11-1-0 (MH)

LAST WIN: March 18th, 2017, 8-7

2016-17 CLUB LEADERS:

GOALS: MARK RASSELL (36)

ASSISTS: CHAD BUTCHER (76)

POINTS: CHAD BUTCHER (103)

PIM: ZACH FISCHER (145)

PLUS MINUS: CLAYTON KIRICHENKO (+50)

WINS: NICK SCHNEIDER (32)

16-17 CLUB COMPARISON:

TIGERS HURRICANES
PP HOME 28.3% 22.0%
PP AWAY 30.6% 26.0%
PP OVERALL 29.4.0% 23.9%
PK HOME 80.8% 79.6%
PK AWAY 82.3% 77.6%
PK OVERALL 81.6% 78.6%
AT HOME 26-9-1-0 25-8-2-1
ON ROAD 25-11-0-0 19-13-2-2

 

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

  • Mark Rassell scored 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points in 7 games vs. Lethbridge.
  • James Hamblin scored 6 times to lead the entire club in that category.
  • Michael Bullion appeared in 4 games vs. Lethbridge last year posting a 2-0-1-0 record, a 3.00 GAA and a 0.898 SV %.

 

TIGERS FAST FACTS:

  • James Hamblin is 49 points away from 100 career points
  • Max Gerlach is 36 goals away from 100 career goals
  • Zach Fischer is just 13 points away from 100 career points
  • David Quenneville is just 19 games away from 200 career WHL games

IMPORTS: The Tigers made a splash at the annual CHL Import Draft this summer selecting 2 highly skilled players. Mick Kohler was drafted 59th overall by the Tigers. Linus Nassen was selected in the second round by the Tigers and comes over from Sweden. Nassen was drafted by the Flordia Panthers in the 3rd round of the 2016 NHL entry draft.

 

IN THE NET: Medicine Hat will have 18-year-old Jordan Hollett in net this season, after coming over in trade from Regina during the offseason.  In 19 games Hollett finished with a 15-2-2 record, sporting a 2.83GAA and 0.901SV%.

 

NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Mason Shaw (Minnesota Wild), Zach Fischer (Calgary Flames), Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators), David Quenneville (New York Islanders), Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers)

 

TIGERS BROADCAST: Listen to legendary Bob Ridley broadcast all Tigers games on CHAT 94.5 FM. Bob Ridley has called all but one Tigers’ Game in Team history since the Medicine Hat Tigers came into the league in 1970.

LAST FIVE REGULAR SEASON RESULTS: NEXT FIVE: TIME:
March 10/17 VS. Edmonton Oil Kings 9-3 WIN    VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday, September 23 7:30 PM (MT)
March 11/17 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 4-0 WIN    @ Saskatoon Blades Friday, September 29 7:05 PM (MT)
March 14/17 VS. Red Deer 8-3 LOSS    @ Prince Albert Raiders Saturday September 30 7:00 PM (MT)
March 17/17 @. Lethbridge Hurricanes  5-1 WIN    VS. Regina Pats Friday, October 6 7:30 PM (MT)
March 18/17 VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes  8-7 WIN    VS. Prince Albert Raiders Saturday, October 7 7:30 PM (MT)
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