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GAME 26 VS VICTORIA

VS Victoria — The Medicine Hat Tigers will play host to the Victoria Royals tonight during their current homestand. Medicine Hat fell 5-2 at the hands of the Portland Winterhawks on November 29th. The Royals coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Swift Current Broncos. Both teams will be looking to get back in the win column tonight.

OVERALL: 15-10-0-0
HOME: 10-4-0-0
ROAD: 5-6-0-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

Injury Update:

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

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

Last 5 seasons VS. Royals: 3-3-0-0
Last Win VS. Royals: February 15th, 2017 (W 3-1)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (24)
Assists: David Quenneville (22)
Points: Mark Rassell (34)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (31)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (9)

Tigers  Royals
PP HOME (17/56) 30.4% (21/84) 25.0%
PP AWAY (8/45) 17.8% (16/77) 20.8%
PP OVERALL (25/101) 24.2% (37/161) 23.0%
PK HOME (12/44) 72.7% (21/71) 70.4%
PK AWAY (7/35) 80.0% (13/63) 79.4%
PK OVERALL (19/79) 75.9% (34/134) 74.6%

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Max Gerlach and Gary Haden each scored a goal versus the Royals last season.
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers split the season series last year versus the Royals

Did you Know?

  • Michael Bullion recorded an assist versus the Royals on February 15th, 2017.
  • Mark Rassell is tied for 1st with 6 game-winning goals.
  • Shaun Clouston is 5 wins away from setting a new franchise record for most wins by a head coach.

Who to Watch:

Tigers – Gary Haden recorded a goal in Wednesday’s contest versus the Winterhawks. Haden has registered 8 points in his last 8 games, giving him 7 goals, 12 assists for 19 points on the season. Victoria RoyalsMatthew Phillips is leading the Royals in scoring this season with 47 points (21 goals 26 assists).  Phillips has registered 9 points in his last 6 games.

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 16 points in 25 games and has formed a deadly offensive combination with David Quenneville, especially on the powerplay. Kristians Rubins, the towering shut down defenceman who was selected by the Tigers in the 2016 CHL Import draft. Rubins has netted 2 goals and 6 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 9-5 record with a 3.26 GAA and a .897 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 6-5 record posting a .885 SV% and a 3.45 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. 29th vs Portland (L) 5-2 Dec. 2 vs Brandon 7:30pm
Nov. 25th @ Kelowna (L) 4-0 Dec. 5 @ Moose Jaw 6:00pm
Nov.24 @ Kamloops (L) 6-3 Dec.6 @ Prince Albert 6:oopm
Nov. 22 @ Prince George (W) 7-3 Dec.8 @ Brandon 6:30pm
Nov. 21 @ Prince George (W) 7-4 Dec.9 @ Regina  6:00pm
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