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GAME 36 @ LETHBRIDGE

@ LETHBRIDGE — The Medicine Hat Tigers head West on Highway Three to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the fifth time this season. The series is 2-2 between these two teams with the Orange Black taking the most recent game 4-2 at home Wednesday night. Home ice advantage has played a factor in this series with the home team winning every game so far. The Central Division rivals will play each other two more times after tonight.

OVERALL: 19-14-2-0
HOME: 12-6-1-0
ROAD: 7-8-1-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

Injury Update:

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

2017/18 Series VS Hurricanes:
OVERALL: 2-2-0-0
HOME: 2-0-0-0
ROAD: 0-2-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Hurricanes: 12-12-1-0
Last Win VS. Hurricanes: December 27, 2017 (W 4-2)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (28)
Assists: David Quenneville (25)
Points: Mark Rassell (44)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (36)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven/Jaeger White (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (12)

TIGERS HURRICANES
PP HOME (22/76) 28.9% (16/68) 23.5%
PP AWAY (11/68) 16.2% (26/74) 35.1%
PP OVERALL (33/144) 22.9% (42/142) 29.6%
PK HOME (14/60) 76.7% (14/53) 73.6%
PK AWAY (14/47) 70.2% (18/76) 76.3%
PK OVERALL (28/107) 73.8% (32/129) 75.2%

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Max Gerlach has 4 points in the last 3 games.
  • David Quenneville scored twice and had an assist Wednesday night against the Hurricanes.

Did you Know?

  • James Hamblin scored in the first Tigers game after Christmas two years in a row.
  • Shaun Clouston is 1 win away from setting a new franchise record for most wins by a head coach.

Who to Watch:

Tigers – James Hamblin put on another strong performance for the Tigers Wednesday night against the Hurricanes including the game winning power play goal. The 18-year-old Edmonton native has 11 goals so far this season. Look for Hamblin to build on Wednesday night’s performance and help the Tigers get on the scoresheet. Lethbridge Hurricanes – Lane Zablocki scored his first goal as a Hurricane on Wednesday night against the Tigers. Zablocki joined the Hurricanes before the Christmas break and has 2 points in 3 games for the Canes.

Imports:

In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 21 points in 35 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 10 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 12-7-1 record with a 3.22 GAA and a .903 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.27 vs. Lethbridge (W) 4-2 Dec.30 vs. Red Deer 7:30pm
Dec.16 @ Edmonton (W) 4-3 SO Jan.1 @ Kootenay 4:00pm
Dec.15 vs. Red Deer (L) 4-1 Jan.3 @ Calgary 7:00pm
Dec.13 vs. Tri-City (L) 6-3 Jan.5 vs. Edmonton 7:30pm
Dec.9 @ Regina (L) 4-2 Jan.6 vs. Vancouver 7:30pm

 

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