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GAME 50 VS KELOWNA

VS KELOWNA ROCKETS — The Medicine Hat Tigers will host the Kelowna Rockets at the Canalta Centre tonight. These two clubs have met only once this season with the Rockets taking the game 4-0. Both teams are coming off 4-3 overtime wins from Wednesday night. The Rockets outlasted the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Tigers beat the Edmonton Oil Kings.

OVERALL: 25-19-5-0
HOME: 14-8-2-0
ROAD: 11-11-3-0
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 Rockets:
OVERALL: 0-1-0-0
HOME: 0-0-0-0
ROAD: 0-1-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Rockets: 3-5-0-0
Last Win VS. Rockets: December 13, 2016 (W 8-7 OT)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (39)
Assists: David Quenneville (35)
Points: Mark Rassell (59)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (44)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (15)

TIGERS ROCKETS
PP HOME (26/102) 25.5% (24/93) 25.8%
PP AWAY (18/99) 18.2% (33/116) 28.4%
PP OVERALL  (44/201) 21.9% (57/209) 27.3%
PK HOME (17/77) 77.9% (22/104) 78.8%
PK AWAY (18/68) 73.5% (26/109) 76.1%
PK OVERALL (35/145) 75.9% (48/213) 77.5%

 

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Josh Williams is the top point producing rookie for the Tigers with 8 points (6G, 2A).
  • Tigers are 11-4-5-0 in 1 goal games.

Did you Know?

  • Dalton Gally scored his first goal of the 2017/18 season against the Edmonton Oil Kings Wednesday night.
  • Kristians Rubins scored his third game winning goal of the season against the Oil Kings. Two of his game winners have come in overtime.

Who to Watch:

Medicine Hat Tigers – David Quenneville is the top point producing defenceman in the league with 54 (19G, 35A) and he is leading the Tigers with most power play goals scored (10). He has a hard shot, terrific hockey sense and puck poise. Look for the 19-year-old Edmonton native to make an impact on both ends of the ice for the Tigers. Kelowna Rockets – Kole Lind is the top point producer for the the Rockets with 66 points (24G, 42A) and he hasn’t been held pointless in a game since Dec. 8th, 2017, vs. Regina Pats. Lind also scored the game winning goal in overtime for the Rockets on Wednesday night vs. the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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 5 goals and 18 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 15-11-3 record with a 3.38 GAA and a .897 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 10-8-2 record posting a .879 SV% and a 3.41 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.24 @ Edmonton (W) 4-3 OT  Jan. 27 vs. Moose Jaw 7:30 pm
Jan.23 @ Red Deer (L) 4-1 Jan.30 @ Kelowna 8:05 pm
Jan.20 vs. Prince Albert (L) 3-2 OT Jan.31 @ Kamloops 8:00 pm
Jan.17 vs. Kootenay (L) 4-3 Feb.2 @ Victoria 8:05 pm
Jan.14 @ Moose Jaw (L) 5-4 OT Feb.3 @ Vancouver 8:00 pm

 

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