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The Medicine Hat Tigers have won two straight games since returning to action after the holiday break. The Tabbies defeated the Kootenay ICE 4-1 Friday and the Victoria Royals 4-2 on Saturday. Captain James Hamblin scored a pair of goals while Ryan Jevne and Ryan Chyzowski added singles in both games. Affiliate goaltender Garin Bjorklund earned his first career WHL start and win in Saturday’s contest against the Royals, stopping 21 of 23 shots faced.
Tigers vs. Hurricanes
Tonight’s clash between the Tigers and the Hurricanes will be their sixth meeting this season. Medicine Hat is 2-3-0-0 against Lethbridge so far and the last time the Tigers beat the ‘Canes was 4 -3 in overtime on October 19th, 2018. Tabbies’ Captain James Hamblin scored on a penalty shot 4:08 into overtime to win the game. Over the past five years, the Orange and Black are 11-14-1-0 against the ‘Canes.
View from Lethbridge
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have split their two games this weekend, losing 6-2 Friday night to the Victoria Royals before defeating the Kootenay ICE 8-4 Saturday. Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2017 Draft pick Jordy Bellerive and 2019 NHL Draft Eligible Dylan Cozens have been the most dangerous Hurricanes against the Tigers this season. Bellerive has 3 goals and 4 assists while Cozens has 4 goals and 3 assists against the Tabbies this season.
Ryan Chyzowski led the way in the Tigers’ 4-2 victory over the Victoria Royals last night with 1 goal and 2 assists while earning the first star of the night. The 18-year-old Kamloops native is a skilled forward with a nose for the puck who isn’t afraid to mix it up. Chyzowski has 13 goals and 18 assists so far this season and he will be looking to build on those numbers in tonight’s contest.
Captain James Hamblin scored twice on Saturday night and he now has 21 goals so far this season which makes this his third season in a row to score 20+ goals. The 19-year-old Edmonton product was drafted in the first round of the 2014 Bantam draft by the Tigers and since then he has suited up for 231 games, scoring 67 goals and assisting on 90. Captain Hamblin is a hard-working, skilled, two-way forward who will look to make an impact in both ends of the ice tonight.
- Affiliate goaltender Garin Bjorklund has joined the Tigers while Mads Søgaard is playing for Team Denmark at the World Juniors. Bjorklund has a 9-3-1 record, 0.917 SAV% and 2.33 GAA with the Calgary Buffaloes in the AMHL so far this season.
- Bjorklund earned his first career WHL start and win last night against the Royals. Bjorklund posted a 2.00 GAA and a .913 SAV% and earned the third star of the game.
- Captain James Hamblin has a multi-game point streak going with 10 points (8G, 2A) in the last 7 games.
- 11 Tigers have a point or more against the Hurricanes this season. Captain James Hamblin is leading the way with 9 points (4G, 5A) in 5 games.
- The Medicine Hat Tigers continue their scoring by committee approach this season with every player on the team lighting the lamp at least once to score the team’s 118 goals.
- Corson Hopwo was the Medicine Hat Tigers Academic Achiever of November.
- Josh Williams and Mads Søgaard have been selected to play in the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospect Game in Red Deer January 23, 2019. They are both listed as B prospects by NHL Central Scouting. Ryan Chyzowski is listed as a C prospect.
- Daniel Baker is leading all Tigers rookies with 11 points (2G, 9A).
- 9 Tigers prospects are playing the Mac’s Tournament – Cole Sillinger & Ayden Third with the Regina Pats Canadians, Dru Krebs & Brayden Kapty with the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers, Clarke Huxley with the Calgary Northstars, Noah Danielson & Brett Meerman with the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs and Caleb Willms & Damon Agyeman with the Airdrie CFR Bisons.
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.