VS. KOOTENAY — The Medicine Hat Tigers host the Kootenay ICE tonight at the Canalta Centre in the first game of another home and home series. The Central Division rivals have faced off 4 times this season with the Tabbies posting a 3-1-0-0 record against the ICE. The ICE are coming off a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Orange and Black will be looking to build off a 4-3 overtime win over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Jordan Hollett – Lower Body (Week to Week)
Kristians Rubins – 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 ICE:
Last 5 seasons VS. ICE: 19-5-1-0
Last Win VS. ICE: January 11, 2018 (W 5-4 OT)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (45)
Assists: David Quenneville (42)
Points: Mark Rassell (70)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (48)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (16)
- Mark Rassell has 8 points (6G, 2A) in 4 games played against the ICE this season.
- The Tigers Penalty Kill is (2/11) 81.8% against the ICE this season.
Did you Know?
- Ryan Jevne was named WHL’s 2nd star after his two goal performance Saturday night against the Swift Current Broncos.
- Ryan Chyzowski has 6 points (2G, 4A) in the Tigers’ last 5 games.
Who to Watch:
Medicine Hat Tigers – Ryan Jevne has excellent skating acceleration and a solid top speed, and can produce points as both a finisher and a playmaker. He has a nose for the puck and he is not afraid to mix it up. Jevne is having a banner year for the Tigers reaching career highs in goals, assists and points. The 19-year-old Edmonton native is a hard working leader who leads by example for the Tigers. Look for Jevne to help the Tigers get on the scoreboard with his powerful shot early in the game. Kootenay ICE – Brett Davis is one of the top point producing players for the ICE who has 3 points (2G, 1A) in 4 games played against the Tigers this season. Davis is speedy playmaker who will look to create shooting lanes and get his team on the scoreboard.
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 3.44 GAA and a .896 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 13-12-3 record posting a 0.885 SV% and a 3.37 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
|Feb.17 vs. Swift Current
||(W) 4-3 OT
||Feb.23 @ Kootenay
|Feb.16 @ Swift Current
||Feb.24 vs. Brandon
|Feb.11 @ Calgary
||Feb.27 @ Edmonton
|Feb.9 vs. Calgary
||Mar.3 vs. Red Deer
|Feb.7 vs. Edmonton
||Mar.4 @ Kootenay