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GAME 59: @ SWIFT CURRENT

@ BRONCOS: Tonight the Tigers will finish their season series with the Swift Current Broncos. Medicine Hat has won their 3 previous meetings and 5 consecutive games overall. The Broncos have lost 2 straight games after winning their previous 4. The Tigers are coming off a hard fought 3-1 victory against Victoria Wednesday night, extending their Central Division lead in the process.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

FEBRUARY 17th, 2017

 

2016-17 WHL RANKINGS:

OVERALL: (41-16-1-0)

HOME: 21-7-1-0

AWAY: 20-9-0-0

Central Division: 1st

Eastern Conference: 2nd

INJURY UPDATES:

HENDERSON – Illness

DAHLSTROM – Illness

SCHULTZ – Lower Body

QUENNEVILLE – Lower Body

Man Games Lost to Injury: 48

16-17 SEASON SERIES VS. BRONCOS

OVERALL: 3-0-0-0

HOME: 2-0-0-0

AWAY: 1-0-0-0

LAST 5 SEASONS: 10-5-0-0

LAST WIN: Jan. 13, 2017 – 7-3

2016-17 CLUB LEADERS:

GOALS: MAX GERLACH (30)

ASSISTS: CHAD BUTCHER (61)

POINTS: CHAD BUTCHER (83)

PIM: ZACH FISCHER (117)

PLUS MINUS: CLAYTON KIRICHENKO (+39)

WINS: NICK SCHNEIDER (29)

16-17 CLUB COMPARISON:

 

  TIGERS BRONCOS
PP HOME 26.2% 21.1%
PP AWAY 31.2% 20.9%
PP OVERALL 28.7% (2ND)   21.0% (10TH)
PK HOME 80.2% 70.0%
PK AWAY 80.8% 73.2%
PK OVERALL 80.5% (8TH) 71.5% (22ND)
AT HOME 21-7-1-0 17-9-2-2
ON ROAD 20-9-0-0 12-9-1-4

 

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

  • Medicine Hat heads into tonight 9-1-0-0 in their past 10 games and have are 10-5-0-0 against the Broncos over the past 5 seasons, 5-2-0-0 in Swift Current
  • Chad Butcher is the Tigers leading scorer against the Broncos this season, recording 7 points in 4 games. Butcher also leads the Tigers in scoring on the road this season, recording 39 points in 27 games
  • Broncos forward Ryley Lindgren is the leading scorer against the Tigers this season with all 7 points coming as a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes prior to the trade deadline, in 1 game as a Broncos he is pointless

TIGERS FAST FACTS:

  • Tigers forward Steven Owre recorded his 200th career point Wednesday night with his 20th goal on the season (ties a career high). Owre has two 20 goal seasons in his career
    • Owre becomes the 42nd player in franchise history to record 200 or more career points as a Tiger
    • Owre will play in game 270 tonight, tying him with former captain Curtis Valk for 19th on the all-time franchise list
  • Over their last 6 games the Broncos have not allowed more than 2 goals in a game and sporting a +7 goal differential in that span
  • Michael Bullion has been a nice acquisition for the Tigers as he has posted a 10-2-0-0 record since his trade with a 2.57 GAA and 0.900 save %. Bullion recorded his first career shutout as a Tiger and 2nd career assist Wednesday

DID YOU KNOW?: With the Tigers victory on Wednesday, it marked Medicine Hat’s 5th five game winning streak of the season.

FACT OF THE DAY: The last time the Tigers had 40 or more wins with 14 or more games remaining in the season was the 2006-2007 season. Medicine Hat finished with a record of 52-17-3-2 on route to the WHL Championship.

CLINCHED: After Wednesday’s win the Medicine Hat Tigers had learned they will be playing hockey past March 18th, having clinched a spot in the 2017 WHL Playoffs. It will mark the 38th time in franchise history the Tigers have reached the post season.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: In 2001 the Tigers and Broncos clashed in the first half of a home and home. Medicine Hat got goals from Joffrey Lupul (17) and Chris St. Jacques (28) however the Broncos would score 2 in the second and 3 overall to edge out the Tigers 3-2. Medicine Hat would take the back half of the home and home, a 6-5 overtime victory.

WHO TO WATCH: TigersZach Fischer: The bruising forward is currently riding a 4 game point streak and is also averaging a point per game on the year. BroncosTyler Steenbergen: The WHL’s leading goal scorer has 43 markers on the season. Against the Tigers he has 3 assists in 3 games this season.

NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Matt Bradley (Montreal Canadiens), Nick Schneider (Calgary Flames), John Dahlstrom (Chicago Blackhawks), David Quenneville (New York Islanders)

 

LAST FIVE REGULAR SEASON RESULTS: NEXT FIVE: TIME:
Feb 4 @ Tri-City Americans 6-5 WIN    @ Swift Current Broncos Friday February 17 6:00 PM (MT)
Feb 8 VS. Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 WIN    VS. Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday February 18 7:30 PM (MT)
Feb 10 @ Calgary Hitmen 7-2 WIN    VS. Moose Jaw Warriors Tuesday February 21 7:00 PM (MT)
Feb 11 VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-0 WIN    @ Calgary Hitmen Friday February 24 7:00 PM (MT)
Feb 15 VS. Victoria Royals 3-1 WIN    VS. Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday February 25 7:30 PM (MT)
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