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GAME 21 @ PRINCE GEORGE

@ Prince George — The Medicine Hat Tigers make the long bus drive north as it will be the battle of the cats in Cougar country tonight. This will be the first of only 2 meetings between these two clubs this season, game 2 goes tomorrow night in Prince George.

By the Numbers – November 21st, 2017

OVERALL: 13-7-0-0
HOME: 10-3-0-0
ROAD: 3-4-0-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

Injury Update:

Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
Josh Williams – Upper Body (Week to Week)

2016/17 Series VS Cougars:
OVERALL: 1-1-0-0
HOME: 0-1-0-0
ROAD: 1-0-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Cougars: 3-3-0-0
Last Win VS. Cougars: November 2, 2016 (W 6-4)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (21)
Assists: David Quenneville (18)
Points: Mark Rassell (30)
PIMS: Cameron MacPhee (32)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (8)

Tigers  Cougars
PP HOME (16/54) 29.6% (7/49) 14.3%
PP AWAY (5/27) 18.5% (6/47) 12.8%
PP OVERALL (21/81) 25.9% (13/96) 13.5%
PK HOME (11/42) 73.8% (10/45) 77.8%
PK AWAY (4/20) 80.0% (3/49) 93.9%
PK OVERALL (15/62) 75.8% (13/94) 86.2%

 

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Mark Rassell has 21 goals in 20 games this season, and is currently riding a 5 game goal scoring streak.
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers have 3 players that are averaging at least 1 PPG. Mark Rassell, David Quenneville, James Hamblin.

Did you Know?

  • The Tigers are 11-0 when leading after the 2 periods.
  • Mark Rassell leads the WHL in Game Winning Goals with 5.
  • Shaun Clouston is 7 wins away from setting a new franchise record for most wins by a head coach.

Who to Watch:

Tigers – Mark Rassell has notched at least 1 goal in each of the Tigers last 5 contests, with three of those efforts being multi-goal nights – bringing his total over that span to 9 goals. Cougars – Cody McDonald currently leads the Cougars in scoring this season with 12 goals, 9 assists in 22 games. McDonald is also currently second on the Cougars roster in penalty minutes with 30.

Imports:

The Tigers made a splash at the annual CHL Import Draft this summer. Linus Nassen was selected in the second round by the Tigers and comes to Medicine Hat via Sweden. Nassen was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 3rd round of the 2016 NHL entry draft. To go along with playing some big minutes for the Tigers, Nassen has 12 points in 20 games and has formed a deadly offensive combination with David Quenneville. Kristians Rubins, the towering shut down defenceman who was selected by the Tigers in the 2016 CHL Import draft is starting to find his scoring touch as he now has 2 goals and 5 assists this season.

Protecting the Paint:

The Tigers acquired 18-year-old netminder Jordan Hollett from the Regina Pats in the offseason. Hollett is a 6th round selection of the Ottawa Senators and currently is sporting a 8-3 record with a 3.13 GAA and a .894 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 5-3 record posting a .886 SV% and a 3.33 GAA.

NHL Drafted / Signed Players:
David Quenneville (New York Islanders), Mason Shaw (Minnesota Wild), Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators), Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers)

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

 Last 5 Regular Season Games  Result Next Five Time
Nov. 17 vs Swift Current (L) 4-3 Nov. 22 @ Prince George 8:00pm
Nov. 14 vs Kootenay (W) 4-1 Nov.24 @ Kamloops 8:00pm
Nov.11 vs Calgary (W) 4-3 OT Nov.25 @ Kelowna 8:05pm
Nov.10 @ Calgary (W) 4-2 Nov.29 vs Portland 7:00pm
Nov.4 vs. Seattle (W) 4-3OT Dec. 1 vs Victoria 7:30pm
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