The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers return home to regroup after falling 6-1 to the Moose Jaw Warriors last night. Affiliate player Cole Sillinger combined with Brett Kemp to set up Ryan Chyzowski to score the Tigers’ lone goal in the losing contest. In the month of January, the Tigers went 7-2-1-0 and they will look to return to their winning ways tonight against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Medicine Hat is 27-18-2-2 this season and they are led by veteran forwards James Hamblin with 57 points (27G, 30A) and Brett Kemp with 43 points (25G, 18A). After tonight’s game, the Tigers will depart on a four-game road trip starting in Kootenay on Wednesday.
Tigers vs. Wheat Kings
Tonight’s clash will be the third time this season the Tigers and the Wheat Kings met, but the first time in Medicine Hat. The Wheat Kings won both previous contests by a score of 4-1. Last season every game between these two rivals was decided in overtime and the last time Medicine Hat defeated Brandon was January 13, 2018,, when Ryan Jevne scored the game-winning goal 1:02 in overtime. Over the past five seasons, the Tigers are 5-6-3-0 against the Wheat Kings.
View from Brandon
The Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 6-5 in overtime last night. Luka Buzan scored the game-winning goal 16 seconds into overtime. Tonight’s game is the Wheat Kings’ fourth and final one on their current road trip. They are 2-0-0-1 on their road trip and will return home to host the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday, February 5th. The Wheat Kings are 22-19-3-4 and they are led by 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Stelio Mattheos with 69 points (31G, 38A) and veteran forward Luka Burzan with 55 points (29G, 26A).
Brett Kemp is a skilled offensive player with good hands and explosive first step. The 18-year-old Yorkston, SK native joined the Tigers at the trade deadline and he has scored 3 goals and picked up 1 assist in 8 games with the Orange and Black. Kemp has a high hockey IQ and he is patient with the puck. Look for him to make an impact in tonight’s tilt.
Captain James Hamblin has been the Tigers’ top point producer all season with 57 points (27G, 30A) so far this season. The 18-year-old Edmonton, AB product is an elite player who approaches the game with great passion and intensity. He is a two-way forward who leads the Tigers by example with his hard work ethic. Hamblin has suited up for 243 games scoring 73 goals and picking up 99 assists.
- Mads Søgaard has been ranked 3rd among North American goalies in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- Søgaard is also ranked 4th in the WHL among goalies with 2.43 GAA and 0.930 save percentage.
- Brett Kemp has been ranked 156th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- James Hamblin is ranked 15th in the league for points and he is in a three-way tie for 2nd for most insurance goals (6).
- Linus Nassen is the Tigers’ top point producing defenceman with 35 points (5G, 30A) and he is ranked 12th in the league.
- The Tigers are 15-7-2-1 at home this season.
- The Tigers continue to score by committee with all 20 skaters lighting the lamp at least once to score the team’s 160 goals.
- It is the second season for the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX campaign. The Medicine Hat Tigers will Suit Up on March 9th when the Wheat Kings are in town. The team will have a new design and the jerseys will be auctioned off for charity.
Hut 8 Community Corner
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Canadian Mental Health Association and the Medicine Hat Tigers are partnering to implement the Talk Today awareness campaign. Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the Western Hockey League.
A key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Every team has received mental health training specific to suicide prevention. Each team is also now linked to a CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
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.