GAME 35 VS. LETHBRIDGE
VS LETHBRIDGE — For their first game back after the Christmas break, the Medicine Hat Tigers will host Central Division rivals, the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Currently the Tigers are sitting in 1st place in the Central Division with 38 points in 34 games and the Hurricanes are in 2nd place with 32 points in 33 games. Home ice advantage seems to be playing a factor in the meetings between these to teams so far this season. Lethbridge won 5-2 Sept 22 and 7-2 Oct 22 at the ENMAX Centre. While the Orange and Black won 4-0 at home Sept 23.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Josh Williams – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2017/18 Series VS Hurricanes:
Last 5 seasons VS. Hurricanes: 11-12-1-0
Last Win VS. Hurricanes: September 23, 2017 (W 4-0)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (28)
Assists: David Quenneville (24)
Points: Mark Rassell (43)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (36)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (11)
|PP HOME||(20/72) 27.8%||(16/68) 23.5%|
|PP AWAY||(11/68) 16.2%||(25/73) 34.2%|
|PP OVERALL||(31/140) 22.1%||(41/141) 29.1%|
|PK HOME||(13/59) 78.0%||(14/53) 73.6%|
|PK AWAY||(14/47) 70.2%||(16/72) 77.8%|
|PK OVERALL||(27/106) 74.5%||(30/125) 76.0%|
- Max Gerlach has 3 points in the last 2 games.
- Look for Kristians Rubins to shut down Lethbridge’s top goal scorers.
Did you Know?
- In his career as a Tiger, Mark Rassell has 10 goals and 9 assists in 23 games played against the Hurricanes.
- Dawson Heathcote scored his 5th goal of his rookie season against the Edmonton Oil Kings before the break.
- Shaun Clouston is 2 wins away from setting a new franchise record for most wins by a head coach.
Who to Watch:
Tigers – Mark Rassell scored the shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oil Kings to send his Tigers home for the holidays on a high note. Rassell is the Tigers’ leading goal scorer and he currently sits 5th in the league with 28 goals. Look for Rassell to help get his team on the scoreboard. Lethbridge Hurricanes – Dylan Cozens is the 5th top rookie in the league with 24 points in 28 games. The 16-year-old Whitehorse native has played well against the Tabbies scoring 2 goals and earning 2 assists in the first three meetings between these two teams.
In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 20 points in 34 games with the Tigers. The Tabbies blue line also features the towering shut down defenceman Kristians Rubins. Rubins is the first Latvian born player to ever suit up for the Tigers and he has netted 2 goals and 9 assists so far 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 11-7-1 record with a 3.28 GAA and a .901 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 7-7-1 record posting a .874 SV% and a 3.70 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. 16 @ Edmonton||(W) 4-3 SO||Dec.29 @ Lethbridge||7:00pm|
|Dec.15 vs Red Deer||(L) 4-1||Dec.30 vs. Red Deer||7:30pm|
|Dec.13 vs Tri-City||(L) 6-3||Jan.1 @ Kootenay||4:00pm|
|Dec.9 @ Regina||(L) 4-2||Jan.3 @ Calgary||7:00pm|
|Dec.8 @ Brandon||(L) 4-3 OT||Jan.5 vs. Edmonton||7:30pm|