GAME 21 @ SASKATOON
The Story Coming In
After a three-game homestand where the Medicine Hat Tigers posted a 1-1-1-0 record, the Tigers will head East for a 4 games in 5 days road trip. The first stop is tonight against the Saskatoon Blades before travelling to Prince Albert to battle the Raiders tomorrow. The Tabbies will finish the trip by paying visits to Brandon on Friday and Swift Current on Saturday. The Orange and Black are 9-8-1-2 so far this season and they are led by Captain James Hamblin with 24 points (9G, 15A) and veteran forwards Tyler Preziuso (9G, 9A) and Ryan Jevne (6G,12A) with 18 points each.
Tigers vs. Blades
For the third and final time this season, the Tigers and Blades will face off. The first two contests between these two clubs were close affairs with the Blades coming out on top. The first meeting was a 3-2 shootout win for the Blades in September and the second meeting was Friday night’s 3-1 contest in Medicine Hat. The last time the Tabbies beat the Blades was 3-2 on Jan 10, 2018. Over the past five years, the Orange and Black are 5-1-0-1 against the Blades when visiting the SaskTel Centre and the Tabbies will look to return to their winning ways tonight.
View from Saskatoon
The Saskatoon Blades return home after playing their last four games on the road and posting a 3-1-0-0 record. Saskatoon’s most recent victory came Saturday night against the Kootenay ICE in a 2-1 contest. The Blades are 12-7-2-0 so far this season and they are led by 2019 NHL Draft Eligible Kirby Dach with 34 points (11G, 23A) and veteran defenceman Dawson Davidson with 23 points (4G, 19A).
Trevor Longo is a hard-nosed defenceman in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 18-year-old North Vancouver native is a physical player who isn’t afraid to mix it up and to block shots. Longo has good offensive instincts and he scored his first Career WHL Goal in Saturday’s contest against the Oil Kings. Look for Longo to make an impact on both ends of the ice in tonight’s tilt.
Tigers Captain James Hamblin is the top point producer on the team with 9 goals and 15 assists in 20 games played this season. Hamblin leads the team by example with his hard work ethic, hustle and heart. The 19-year-old Edmonton product is a fierce forechecker and an offensive generator. Look for Hamblin to lead the Tigers in both ends of the ice tonight.
- Rookie goaltender Mads Sogaard set a new career high in saves on Saturday night against the Oil Kings. Sogaard stopped 41 of the 45 shots faced.
- Trevor Longo scored his first Career WHL Goal on Saturday against the Oil Kings.
- Three Tigers are currently on multi-point game streaks: James Hamblin has 5G, 11A in 10 games, Josh Williams has 3G, 4A in 6 games and Linus Nassen has 2G, 3A in 3 games.
- James Hamblin has 4 points (2G, 2A) in 2 games played against the Blades this season.
- The Tigers’ power play is 36.8% effective on the road and Hayden Ostir leads the team with the most power play goals (4). Ostir’s first goal of this season was scored against the Blades on the power play in September.
- The Tigers continue to score by committee with 16 of the current players scoring the team’s 65 goals so far this season.
- Bryan Lockner scored his first goal for the Orange and Black in his first game as a Tiger against Saskatoon in the 3-2 win Jan 10, 2018.
- The Medicine Hat Tigers’ Annual Teddy Bear Toss game is set for December 1st against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
About the Medicine Hat Tigers
The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) who play out of Medicine Hat, AB and were established in 1970. In 48 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 210 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.