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GAME 55 @ VANCOUVER

@ VANCOUVER GIANTS —  Tonight the Medicine Hat Tigers will close out their four game BC road trip by visiting Langley Event Centre to play the Vancouver Giants. The Giants and the Tabbies have faced off once this season with Vancouver coming out on top 5-3. The Orange and Black are still hungry for a win on this road trip after falling 4-3 in overtime to the Victoria Royals last night. The Giants are coming off a 4-2 defeat over the Calgary Hitmen.

OVERALL: 26-21-7-0
HOME: 15-8-3-0
ROAD: 11-13-4-0
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 Giants:
OVERALL: 0-1-0-0
HOME: 0-1-0-0
ROAD: 0-0-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Giants: 3-4-1-0
Last Win VS. Royals: Jan. 7, 2017 (W 5-4)

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 GIANTS
PP HOME  (28/107) 26.2%  (24/104) 23.1%
PP AWAY  (21/108) 19.4%  (17/84) 20.2%
PP OVERALL  (49/215) 22.8%  (41/188) 21.8%
PK HOME  (18/79) 77.2%  (18/104) 82.7%
PK AWAY  (21/79) 73.4%  (26/106) 75.5%
PK OVERALL  (39/158) 75.3%  (44/210) 79.0%

 

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • Josh Williams is the Tigers’ top rookie with 10 points (6G, 4A) in 29 games played.
  • The Tigers are 19-1-3-0 when leading after 2 periods.

Did you Know?

  • Mark Rassell is 3rd in the league for scoring with 42 goals.
  • Kristians Rubins is the only Latvian born player to ever suit up for the Orange and Black.

Who to Watch:

Medicine Hat Tigers – James Hamblin scored two goals in last night’s tilt against the Victoria Royals and earned his 101st WHL Career Point. Hamblin is having a record season this year achieving career highs assists and points. The 18-year-old Edmonton native is a hard working forward with a nose for the puck who will make an impact for the Tigers on both ends of the ice. Vancouver Giants – Ty Ronning is the top point producer for the Giants who is having a record year in goals and points. Ronning is a dangerous offensive threat and will look to create chances for the home 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 6 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 16-12-4 record with a 3.41 GAA and a .897 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
Feb.2 @ Victoria (L) 4-3 OT Feb.7 vs. Edmonton 7:00 pm
Jan.31 @ Kamloops (L) 3-1 Feb.9 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm
Jan.30 @ Kelowna (L) 5-2 Feb.11 @ Calgary 2:00 pm
Jan.27 vs. Moose Jaw (W) 5-3 Feb.16 @ Swift Current 6:00 pm
Jan.26 vs. Kelowna (L) 4-3 OT Feb.20 @ Kootenay 7:00 pm

 

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