The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers fell at home for the first time since returning from the holiday break in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday. Tyler Preziuso was the lone goal scorer for the Tigers while rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard had his first start for the Tigers since returning from playing for Denmark at the World Juniors. Søgaard stopped 32 of 34 shots faced. The Tigers are 23-16-2-2 and they are led by veteran forwards James Hamblin with 50 points (23G, 27A), Brett Kemp with 41 points (24G, 17A) and Ryan Jevne with 41 points (20G, 21A).
Tigers vs. Oil Kings
For the fourth time this season, the Tigers will face off with the Oil Kings. The Oil Kings have come out on top in all three previous meetings, including the recent 2-1 overtime win on Saturday. After tonight’s battle, these two Central Division rivals will meet two more times in Edmonton. Medicine Hat is 18-2-2-0 against Edmonton over the past five years and they will look to improve on their record tonight.
View from Edmonton
The Edmonton Oil Kings played three games in three nights and won all three this past weekend. Friday, they paid a visit to the Enmax Centre and defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-1. Saturday they played the Tigers in Medicine Hat and won 2-1 in overtime. Sunday they returned home to host the Hurricanes and turned them aside 4-1. The Oil Kings are 24-14-4-3 and they are led by 2018 Columbus Blue Jacket draft pick Trey Fix-Wolansky with 75 points (25G, 50A) and veteran forward Vince Loschiavo with 39 points (21G, 18A).
Tyler Preziuso has 9 points (4G, 5A) in the Tigers’ last 8 games. The 19-year-old Victoria native is a smart, tenacious forward with good hand to eye who is having a banner year for the Tigers already setting new career highs in assists and points. Preziuso is a smooth skater with an explosive first step who will look to make an impact in tonight’s tilt.
Captain James Hamblin is a smart, speedy, two-way forward who leads the Tigers by example. The 19-year-old Edmonton product is a hard worker who competes every shift. Hamblin is traditionally a pass-first kind of player but he also has a great scoring touch and he is leading the Tigers with 50 points (23G, 27A) so far this season.
- Rookie blueliner Eric Van Impe scored his first career WHL goal against the Oil Kings on September 26th, 2018.
- Daniel Baker leads all Tigers rookies with 13 points (2G, 11A).
- Trevor Longo scored his first career WHL goal against the Oil Kings on November 10th, 2018.
- James Hamblin leads the Tigers in +/- with +19.
- Goaltender Mads Søgaard has been selected to play in the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospect game Jan 23rd in Red Deer. Søgaard will suit up for Team Cherry and he is ranked as B prospects by NHL Central Scouting. Ryan Chyzowski and Brett Kemp are ranked as C prospects.
- Tigers Alumni Kelly Hrudey will coach Team Orr during the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospect.
- Goaltender Mads Søgaard is ranked 4th in the league for GAA with 2.36 and 2nd in the league for save percentage with 0.931.
- The AMA Skate with the Tigers is Sunday, January 20th from 2 to 3 PM. Everyone is welcome.
- The Tigers’ Annual ATB Skills Competition will be Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. Team Hamblin will take on Team Jevne and it is a suggested $5 donation to the MS Society at the door.
- Eric Van Impe is the Tigers’ Academic Achiever of the month of December.
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Hut 8 Community Corner
Hut 8 Mining Company is a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company established through an exclusive partnership with the Bitfury Group, the world’s leading full-service blockchain technology company that recently opened in Medicine Hat.
Bridges Family Programs is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs and services for families living in Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Brooks, Oyen and surrounding areas. They offer services to individuals who are expecting a child or have children under the age of 18. Some of the services provided are prenatal support, education on child and youth development, community connections, advocacy, FASD assessment and support, and service coordination.
The Medicine Hat Tigers are excited to introduce Family Packs this season! Two adult tickets and two children tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 pops for $69.95. Family packs can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or in person at the box office.
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.