GAME 53 @ SEATTLE
The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are 2-0-0-0 on their four-game road trip after defeating the Kootenay ICE Wednesday 6-3 and the Everett Silvertips 1-0 last night. Rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard earned his third career WHL shutout against the Silvertips, turning aside all 41 shots faced. Captain James Hamblin was the lone goal scorer when he redirected a shot into the net on the power play. The Orange and Black are 30-18-2-2 and they are led by Hamblin with 62 points (29G, 33A).
Tigers vs. Thunderbirds
For the first time this season, the Tigers and the Thunderbirds will face off. Last season these two hockey clubs met once and Medicine Hat came out on top in a 4-3 overtime win Nov. 4th, 2017. Tigers veteran forward Hayden Ostir had a three-point night (1G, 2A) and earned the first star of the night. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 1-2-0-0 against the Thunderbirds.
View from Seattle
After splitting back to back games in Victoria against the Royals, the Seattle Thunderbirds returned home last night to host the Portland Winterhawks. The Thunderbirds fell 4-1 to the Winterhawks and veteran forward Matthew Wedman was the lone goal scorer for Seattle. Seattle is 20-26-5-1 and they are led by veteran forwards Wedman with 53 points (26G, 27A) and Noah Philip with 53 points (19G, 34A).
Brett Kemp is a skilled offensive player with good hands and explosive first step. The 18-year-old Yorkton, SK native joined the Tigers at the trade deadline and he has scored 4 goals and picked up 3 assist in 11 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 is the Tigers’ top point producer this season with 62 points (29G, 33A). The 19-year-old Edmonton native was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the 2014 Bantam draft. In his career as a Tiger, Hamblin has 75 goals and 102 assists in 246 games played. He is a speedy, intelligent, two-way player who works hard every game to help set the tone for the team. “The keys to this road trip are to have a lot of energy, continue to play as quick as possible, manage the puck and play as a team,” said Hamblin of this week’s four games in five days’ road trip.
- 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 2.24 GAA and 0.933 save percentage. He picked up his 3rd career shutout Friday night against the Silvertips.
- Brett Kemp has been ranked 156th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- The Medicine Hat Tigers’ power play is ranked 5th in the league and it is 23.6% effective. James Hamblin has the most power-play goals for the Tigers (10) and Ryan Jevne is the top set up man on the power play with 17 assists.
- Daniel Baker is the Tigers’ top point producing rookie with 14 points (2G, 12A).
- The Medicine Hat Tigers’ penalty kill is ranked 8th in the league and 79.7% effective.
- The Tigers’ road record is 14-11-0-1 this season and they are 3-0-0-0 against US Division teams.
- Linus Nassen is the Tigers’ top point producing defenceman with 5 goals and 33 assists. Nassen is ranked 13th in the league amongst defencemen.
- James Hamblin scored his 75th career goal Friday night against the Silvertips and Ryan Jevne picked up his 75th career assist on the play.
- Brett Kemp has 4 points (1G, 3A) in the Tigers’ last 4 games.
- Ryan Jevne has 7 points (3G, 4A) in the Tigers’ last 3 games
- James Hamblin has 5 points (3G, 2A) in the Tigers’ last 3 games.
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.