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GAME 44 @ BRANDON

@ BRANDON WHEAT KINGS — The Medicine Hat Tigers will travel to Brandon to face off against the Wheat Kings at the Keystone Centre. This will be the Tigers’ third game of their current road trip. The Orange and Black have met with the Wheat Kings twice this season, losing both in overtime. The Tabbies are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Regina Pats last night. The Wheat Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 4-1 last night.

OVERALL: 23-17-3-0
HOME: 14-7-1-0
ROAD: 9-10-2-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

Injury Update:
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Linus Nassen – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)

2017/18 Series VS Wheat Kings:
OVERALL: 0-0-2-0
HOME: 0-0-1-0
ROAD: 0-0-1-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Wheat Kings: 4-7-2-1
Last Win VS. Wheat Kings: February 25, 2017 (W 4-0)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (35)
Assists: David Quenneville (31)
Points: Mark Rassell (55)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (42)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (14)

TIGERS WHEAT KINGS
PP HOME  (26/92) 28.3%  (31/110) 28.2%
PP AWAY  (15/87) 17.2%  (12/71) 16.9%
PP OVERALL  (41/179) 22.9%  (43/181) 23.8%
PK HOME  (15/71) 78.9%  (20/92) 78.3%
PK AWAY  (17/64) 73.4%  (26/91) 71.4%
PK OVERALL  (32/135) 76.3%  (46/183) 74.9%

 

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Tyler Preziuso has scored in both games played against the Wheat Kings this season.
  • David Quenneville is 1st in the league for defenceman with 49 points (18G, 31A).

Did you Know?

  • Kristians Rubins has 8 points (1G, 7A) in the Tigers’ last 7 games.
  • Mark Rassell is tied for 3rd top goal scorer in the league with 35 goals.

Who to Watch:

Medicine Hat Tigers – James Hamblin is the hard working 18-year-old Tigers forward who steps  up every game and consistently gets the job done. He is not afraid to battle for the puck, set his teammates up and find the back of the net himself. Hamblin has 13 goals and 26 assists for a total of 39 points so far this season. Brandon Wheat Kings – Stelio Mattheos has played well against the Tigers this season recording 5 points (3G, 2A) in the two games played between these two clubs. Mattheos is the Wheat Kings’ leading goal scorer with 29 goals this season.

Imports:

In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 22 points in 38 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 3 goals and 17 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 he is sporting a 14-10-2 record with a 3.32 GAA and a .900 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 9-7-1 record posting a .877 SV% and a 3.48 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
Jan.12 @ Regina (L) 3-1 Jan.14 @ Moose Jaw 3:00 pm
Jan.10 @ Saskatoon (W) 3-2 Jan.17 vs. Kootenay 7:00 pm
Jan.6 vs. Vancouver (L) 5-3 Jan.20 vs. Prince Albert 7:30 pm
Jan.5 vs. Edmonton (W) 5-1 Jan. 23 @ Red Deer 7:00 pm
Jan.3 @ Calgary  (L) 4-3 OT  Jan.24 @ Edmonton 7:00 pm

 

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