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GAME 54 @ VICTORIA

@ VICTORIA ROYALS —  The Medicine Hat Tigers will look to get back to their winning ways as they face off against the Victoria Royals tonight at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. This will be the Tabbies’ third game of a tough four game BC road trip where they have yet to get a win. These two clubs have faced each other once this season with the Orange and Black coming out on top 4-3 in overtime. The Royals are coming off a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Tri-City Americans.

OVERALL: 26-21-6-0
HOME: 15-8-3-0
ROAD: 11-13-3-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

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

2017/18 Series VS Royals:
OVERALL: 1-0-0-0
HOME: 1-0-0-0
ROAD: 0-0-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Royals: 4-3-0-0
Last Win VS. Royals: Dec. 1, 2017 (W 4-3 OT)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (42)
Assists: David Quenneville (38)
Points: Mark Rassell (63)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (44)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (16)

TIGERS ROYALS
PP HOME (28/107) 26.2% (36/124) 29.0%
PP AWAY (20/105) 19.0% (29/143) 20.3%
PP OVERALL (48/212) 22.6% (65/267) 24.3%
PK HOME (18/79) 77.2% (29/113) 74.3%
PK AWAY (21/77) 72.7% (33/124) 73.4%
PK OVERALL (39/156) 75.0% (62/237) 73.8%

 

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Josh Williams is the top Tiger rookie with 9 points (6G, 3A) in 28 games.
  • The Tigers Penalty Kill has been 100% effective against the Royals this season.

Did you Know?

  • Linemates Ryan Jevne and Ryan Chyzowski are often the first ones to get the Tigers on the scoreboard. The Ryans have combined for 8 first goals of the game for the Tabbies so far this season.
  • Linus Nassen scored the game winning goal 1:18 into overtime against the Royals when they visited Medicine Hat in December.

Who to Watch:

Medicine Hat Tigers – Elijah Brown is a nitty, gritty forward with a nose for the puck who scored his first goal wearing Orange and Black Wednesday night against the Kamloops Blazers. After being acquired before the trade deadline, Brown’s speedy, hard working play has fit in well with his new team. Look for Brown to create a little chaos in front of the net and help the Tabbies get on the scoreboard. Victoria Royals – Lane Zablocki is a familiar face to the Tigers having played three games against the Tabbies for Central Division teams before being traded to the Royals. While Zablocki isn’t a flashy player, he gets the job done and will look to make an impact for his current team.

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 19 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 16-12-3 record with a 3.39 GAA and a .898 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 10-9-3 record posting a .882 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.31 @ Kamloops (L) 3-1 Feb.3 @ Vancouver 8:00 pm
Jan.30 @ Kelowna (L) 5-2 Feb.7 vs. Edmonton 7:00 pm
Jan.27 vs. Moose Jaw (W) 5-3 Feb.9 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm
Jan.26 vs. Kelowna (L) 4-3 OT Feb.11 @ Calgary 2:00 pm
Jan.24 @ Edmonton (W) 4-3 OT Feb.16 @ Swift Current 6:00 pm
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