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GAME 62 VS SWIFT CURRENT

The Story Coming In

The Medicine Hat Tigers are 31-25-3-2 after falling 4-2 to the Edmonton Oil Kings last night. Rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard made 41 saves on 44 shots faced while earning the second star of the night. Veteran forward Ryan Chyzowski had his 11th multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist in the losing contest. The Tigers are currently sitting in 5th place in the Central Division and they are battling for a playoff spot. Captain James Hamblin leads the team with 68 points (32G, 36A).

Tigers vs. Broncos

The Tigers and the Broncos will meet tonight for the final time this season. Medicine Hat is 3-0-0-0 against Swift Current this season and 8-7-0-0 over the past five years. The last time these two rivals met was January 19th when the Tigers won 5-3. Trevor Longo scored the game-winning goal with 52 seconds left to play and James Hamblin scored on an empty net with 19 seconds left to ensure the victory for the Tigers.

View from Swift Current

The Swift Current Broncos stop in Medicine Hat for the fourth game of their seven-game road trip. The Broncos have yet to win a game on their road trip after falling 5-3 to the Kootenay ICE last night in Cranbrook. Swift Current is 10-45-3-2 this season and they are led by defenceman Connor Horning with 30 points (7G, 23A) and forward Ethan Regnier with 28 points (9G, 19A). Veteran forward Ethan O’Rourke has been the most dangerous Bronco against the Tigers this season with 2 goals in 3 games played.

Tigers Talent

Hayden Ostir has 2 points (1G, 1A) in 3 games played since returning to action after sustaining an injury in early January. The 19-year-old Winnipeg MB native set a new career high in goals (10) after scoring in last night’s tilt against the Oil King. He is a hard-nosed, tenacious forward with quick hands, and great puck instincts. Look for Ostir to drive to the net and create scoring opportunities in tonight’s tilt.

Captain’s Corner

Captain James Hamblin has been the Tigers’ top point producer all season with 68 points (32G, 36A) in 61 games played this season. The 19-year-old Edmonton AB product is a hard working, two way forward who leads his team by example. Hamblin was the Tigers’ first-round bantam pick in 2014 and since then he has played in 255 games for the Orange and Black while scoring 78 goals and picking up 105 assists.

Quick Hits

  • Rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard earned his first career WHL shutout Nov 17th, 2018, when he stopped all 48 of Swift Current’s shots. Søgaard has 3 shutouts this season and he is ranked 5th in the league with 2.55 GAA and a .925 SAV%.
  • Nick McCarry’s first career WHL goal was scored against the Broncos during the Tigers’ 5-3 win January 19th, 2019.
  • Linus Nassen is expected to play his 100th career WHL game tonight against the Broncos. Nassen was drafted by the Tigers in the 2017 CHL Import Draft and he has 68 points (6G, 62A) in 99 games played.
  • Affiliate player Noah Danielson made his WHL debut last night against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The 2002 born centreman played for the Red Deer Chiefs Midget AAAs in the AMHL and picked up 6 goals and 17 assists in 27 games played this season.
  • Corson Hopwo is the Tigers’ leading rookie with 16 points (5G, 11A).
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers’ RE/MAX presents the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry game will be Saturday, March 9th against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
  • Hayden Ostir, Trevor Longo, Tyler Preziuso, Jaxon Steele and Ryan Chyzowski will all be available to sign autographs after tonight’s game.

Game Sponsor

Ashley HomeStore was founded in 1997 and it comprises over 800 locations worldwide where they sell Ashley Furniture. A portion of every Ashley HomeStore mattress set purchase goes to the Hope to Dream, a program designated to provide a free twin mattress, box spring and bed frame to underprivileged children. The Medicine Hat Tigers and the WHL are proud to partner with Ashley HomeStore’s A Hope to Dream program.

Hut 8 Community Corner

Hut 8 Mining Company is a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company established through an exclusive partnership with the Bitfury Group, the world’s leading full-service blockchain technology company that recently opened in Medicine Hat.

The Medicine Hat Astronomy Club has been an active part of our community for 39 years, hosting youth groups, school groups and the general public alike to enjoy and learn about stars. The entire organization has been built with volunteer labour and membership is open to anyone, there is no need to be an expert, as long as you have an interest in the stars.

Family Packs

The Medicine Hat Tigers are excited to introduce Family Packs this season! Two adult tickets and two children tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 pops for $69.95. Family packs can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or in person at the box office.

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.

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