The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers were swept in a home and home series against the Calgary Hitmen earlier this weekend. The Tabbies fell 3-1 Friday and 5-3 on Saturday. The Orange and Black are 14-9-2-0 against the Central Division this season and 31-21-3-2 overall. Medicine Hat is currently sitting in 3rd in the Central Division and they are led by veteran forwards James Hamblin with 68 points (32G, 36A) and Ryan Jevne with 55 points (26G, 29A).
Tigers vs. Oil Kings
This afternoon’s contest is the fifth meeting this season between these two Central Division rivals. Three of the four previous contest have been decided in extra time and the lone game solved in regulation was a 3-2 Oil Kings victory. The Tigers have only triumphed once over the Oil Kings on January 16th when James Hamblin was the lone goal scorer in the shootout. Medicine Hat’s power play is 11.8% (2/17) against Edmonton this season and their penalty kill is 71.4% (4/14).
View from Edmonton
The Edmonton Oil Kings split the weekend after defeating the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2 on Friday and then falling 4-0 to the Regina Pats on Saturday night. The Oil Kings are 31-18-4-4 and they are currently sitting in first place in the Central Division. Edmonton is lead by 2018 Columbus Blue Jacket draft pick Trey Fix-Wolansky with 86 points (29G, 57A) and veteran forward Vince Loschiavo with 48 points (26G, 22A).
Trevor Longo is a hard-nosed defenceman in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 18-year-old North Vancouver native is a physical player who isn’t afraid to mix it up and to block shots. Longo has good offensive instincts and he is having a banner season for the Tigers reaching new career highs in goals (4) and assists (6). Look for Longo to make an impact on both ends of the ice in this afternoon’s tilt.
Captain James Hamblin has been the Tigers’ top point producer all season and he is 11th in the league for scoring. The 19-year-old Edmonton product has set new career highs in goals (32) and points (68) and he is only 7 assists behind the career high of 43 that he set last season. Hamblin is also tied in 2nd in the league for the most first goals of the game (9). He is a speedy, two-way forward who leads his team by example. Look for Hamblin to make an impact in this afternoon’s contest.
- 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 2.36 GAA and 0.930 save percentage.
- Brett Kemp has been ranked 156th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- Linus Nassen is ranked 12th in the league amongst defencemen for scoring with 41 points (5G, 36A).
- Fourteen Tigers have a point or more against the Oil Kings this season. Leading the way are James Hamblin and Linus Nassen both with 4 points (all assists).
- Trevor Longo scored his first career WHL goal against the Oil Kings Nov 10th, 2018, when the Tigers fell 4-3 in overtime to Edmonton.
- Daniel Baker is the Tigers’ top point producing rookie with 16 points (2G, 14A).
- Eric Van Impe scored his first career WHL goal against the Oil Kings during the Sept 26, 2018, game when the Tigers fell 3-2 to Edmonton.
- Three Tigers prospects are competing for their provinces in the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Cole Sillinger and Ashton Ferster are playing for Team Saskatchewan while Aidan Brook is playing for Team Manitoba.
- Team Saskatchewan won their opening game against Team Alberta 4-3 in OT. Ferster scored and Sillinger picked up an assist in the contest. Team Saskatchewan lost their second game to Team BC 4-3. Sillinger scored twice and picked up an assist in the loss.
- Team Manitoba defeated Team BC 4-2 in their opening game before falling 6-5 to Team Alberta in their second game.
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.