The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers will close out a three-game road trip tonight in Moose Jaw. The Tigers opened the road trip by defeating the Regina Pats 3-2 on Sunday and they fell 4-1 to the Brandon Wheat Kings last night. After tonight’s contest, the Orange and Black will return home to host the Regina Pats Saturday night at the Canalta Centre. Medicine Hat is 13-14-1-2 so far this season.
Tigers vs. Warriors
Tonight marks the second meeting of the Tigers and the Warriors this season. On October 27th, 2018, the Warriors defeated the Tigers 4-3 in a shootout. The last time the Tabbies defeated the Warriors was 5-3 Jan 27, 2018. Over the last five years, Medicine Hat is 5-6-1-1 against Moose Jaw and will be looking to improve their record tonight.
View from Moose Jaw
The Moose Jaw Warriors fell 5-1 to the Calgary Hitmen in their last game on Sunday, Dec 2nd. The Warriors are 15-6-3-1 so far this season and they are led by veteran forward Tristin Langan with 44 points (18G, 26A) and 2018 Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Justin Almeida with 31 points (6G, 25A).
Ryan Chyzowski is a skilled forward with a nose for the puck who isn’t afraid to mix it up. The 18-year-old Kamloops was the Tigers’ lone goal scorer in last night’s contest against the Wheat Kings as he powered through the Brandon defencemen to put the puck into the net. Chyzowski leads the Tigers with goals scored on the road with 9 of his 11 goals coming away from the Canalta Centre so far this season. Look for Chyzowski to be hungry in front of the net in tonight’s contest.
James Hamblin was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the 2014 bantam draft. In his career as a Tigers, the 19-year-old Edmonton native has suited up for 224 games, scored 59 goals and picked up 88 assists, of those totals 13 goals and 19 assists are from 30 games so far this season. Hamblin was voted to be the Captain of the 49th Edition of the Medicine Hat Tigers by his teammates and he leads the team with his hard work ethic, heart and hustle. Look for Hamblin to rally his teammates, set them up to score or light the lamp himself in tonight’s tilt.
- The Tigers are 7-9-0-1 on the road.
- Daniel Baker is leading all Tigers rookies with 5 points (all assists) this season.
- The Tigers Penalty Kill is 81.4% effective and ranked 6th in the league. James Hamblin, Tyler Preziuso and Ryan Jevne have each scored short handed.
- Baxter Anderson scored his first career WHL goal against the Warriors Dec 31, 2015, in a 6-2 Tigers victory.
- Tyler Preziuso set Josh Williams up to score his first career WHL goal against the Warriors Feb. 21, 2017, in a 6-3 Tigers loss.
- Linus Nässen is the top point producing defenceman for the Tigers with 4 goals and 18 assists. He is ranked 12th in the league for points amongst defenceman.
- Goaltender Mads Søgaard picked up his first career WHL point on Saturday when he set James Hamblin up to score the Teddy Bear Toss goal. The 17-year-old Aalborg native is ranked 8th in the league with 2.54 GAA and 0.925 SAV%
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.