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:
Central Division: 1st
Eastern Conference: 2nd
HENDERSON – Illness
DAHLSTROM – Illness
SCHULTZ – Lower Body
QUENNEVILLE – Lower Body
Man Games Lost to Injury: 48
16-17 SEASON SERIES VS. BRONCOS
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:
|PP OVERALL||28.7% (2ND)||21.0% (10TH)|
|PK OVERALL||80.5% (8TH)||71.5% (22ND)|
- 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: Tigers – Zach Fischer: The bruising forward is currently riding a 4 game point streak and is also averaging a point per game on the year. Broncos– Tyler 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)|