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GAME 31 @ REGINA

@ REGINA — The Medicine Hat Tigers travel to Regina tonight to face the Pats as they close out their 4 game road trip. The Tabbies are 1-1-1-0 on this road trip and will be hungry for another win after rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to lose in overtime 4-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings last night. The Tigers and the Pats have met once this season at the Canalta Centre where the Tigers triumphed 4-2. The Pats are coming off a 7-5 loss to the Kelowna Rockets and will hope to get back in the win column tonight.

OVERALL: 17-11-2-0
HOME: 11-4-1-0
ROAD: 6-7-1-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

Injury Update:

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

2017/18 Series VS Pats:
OVERALL: 1-0-0-0
HOME: 1-0-0-0
ROAD: 0-0-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Pats: 5-7-0-1
Last Win VS. Pats: October 6, 2017 (W 4-2)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (27)
Assists: David Quenneville (24)
Points: Mark Rassell (41)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (31)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (10)

Tigers  Pats
PP HOME  (20/66) 30.3%  (20/67) 29.9%
PP AWAY  (10/59) 16.9%  (13/64) 20.3%
PP OVERALL  (30/125) 24.0%  (33/131) 25.2%
PK HOME  (12/52) 76.9%  (15/55) 72.7%
PK AWAY  (12/45) 73.3%  (24/75) 68.0%
PK OVERALL (24/97) 75.3%  (39/130) 70.0%

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Max Gerlach has 8 points in the last 6 games.
  • James Hamblin scored 2 goals in last night’s tilt against Brandon bringing his season total to 9.

Did you Know?

  • Mark Rassell is the Tigers’ top goal scorer and he is currently in a 2 way tie for 3rd top goal scorer in the league with 27 goals.
  • Shaun Clouston is 3 wins away from setting a new franchise record for most wins by a head coach.

Who to Watch:

Tigers – James Hamblin earned 2nd star of the game last night when the Tabbies faced the Brandon Wheat Kings by scoring 2 of the Tigers’ 3 goals. Hamblin is averaging a point a game since he has 9 goals and 19 assists for a total of 28 points in the 28 games he played so far this season.  Regina Pats Josh Mahura scored his first WHL career hattrick on Friday night against the Kelowna Rockets.

Imports:

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 18 points in 30 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 9 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 10-5-1 record with a 3.35 GAA and a .900 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 7-6-1 record posting a .877 SV% and a 3.60 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
Dec.8 @ Brandon (L) 4-3 OT Dec.13th vs Tri-City 7:00pm
Dec.6th @ Prince Albert (W) 5-4 OT Dec.15th vs Red Deer 7:30pm
Dec.5th @ Moose Jaw  (L) 5-4 Dec.16 @ Edmonton 7:00pm
Dec.2nd vs. Brandon (L) 5-4 OT Dec.27 vs Lethbridge 7:00pm
Dec.1st vs Victoria (W) 4-3 OT Dec.29 @ Lethbridge 7:00pm
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