The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers opened their three game road trip with a 3-2 comeback win Sunday over the Regina Pats. The Tigers were down 2-0 at the end of the first period and rallied back scoring three times in the third to win the game. After tonight’s game, the Tigers will travel to Moose Jaw to battle the Warriors tomorrow night before returning home to host the Pats on Saturday.
Tigers vs. Wheat Kings
The Tigers and the Wheat Kings have met once this season with the Wheat Kings winning 4-1. Medicine Hat is 5-5-3-0 against Brandon over the past 5 years and last year every contest was decided in overtime. The last time the Tigers defeated the Wheat Kings was January 13, 2018, in a 4-3 overtime win.
View from Brandon
The Brandon Wheat Kings are 13-7-3-3 to start the season. They have won their last three games including 5-2 against Swift Current Saturday. The Wheat Kings are led by 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Stelio Mattheos with 41 points (22G, 19A) and veteran forward Luka Burzan with 30 points (16G, 14A).
Bryan Lockner had his second multi-point game of the season Sunday night against the Pats. Lockner scored the Tigers’ first goal of the night and assisted on the game-winning goal. The 18-year-old Windsor, CO product is a hard-working, gritty forward in his second season with the Orange and Black. Lockner has a lethal shot, a powerful stride and he isn’t afraid to mix it up or to block shots. Look for Lockner to make an impact at both ends of the ice tonight.
Captain James Hamblin scored the game winning goal on Sunday for the Tigers in their 3-2 comeback win over the Pats. It was his 3rd game winning goal of this season and this is the third season he has scored 3 GWGs. Hamblin is a shifty forward with deceptive speed who leads the Tigers in points this season (13G, 19A). He is not afraid to battle for the puck, set his teammates up or find the back of the net himself. Look for the 19-year-old Edmonton native to drive to the net and create scoring opportunities tonight for the Tabbies.
- Captain James Hamblin has 7 points (4G, 3A) in the last 4 games including the first goal of the Teddy Bear Toss game on Saturday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
- Goaltender Mads Sogaard picked up his first career WHL point by setting up Hamblin to score the Teddy Bear Toss goal Saturday. The 17-year-old Danish goaltender is ranked 5th in the league amongst goaltenders with 2.50 GAA and 0.924 SAV%.
- Baxter Anderson was the lone goal scorer for the Tigers when they faced the Wheat Kings in November.
- Affiliate player Cole Sillinger picked up his first career WHL point by setting up Josh Williams to score the game tying goal Sunday against the Regina Pats.
- Daniel Baker is leading all Tigers rookies with 5 points (all assists).
- The Tigers Power Play is 23.5% effective and ranked 10th in the league. James Hamblin is leading the way on the power play with 5 power play goals while Ryan Jevne is the leading set up man with 10 power play assists.
- The Tigers Penalty Kill is 81.0% effective and ranked 6th in the league. James Hamblin, Tyler Preziuso and Ryan Jevne have all scored a shorthanded goal this season.
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.