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GAME 63 VS BRANDON

VS. BRANDON — After traveling through a snowstorm, the Medicine Hat Tigers return home to the Canalta Centre to host the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Tabbies and the Wheat Kings have faced off 3 times this season with each game needing to be solved in extra time. The Orange and Black won the most recent contest 4-3 thanks to a Ryan Jevne overtime goal. The Wheat Kings are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Tigers have won their last 3 consecutive games including last night’s 3-2 victory over the ICE and will look to continue their winning ways tonight.

OVERALL: 31-24-7-0
HOME: 19-8-3-0
ROAD: 12-16-4-0
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th

Injury Update:
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 WHEAT KINGS:

OVERALL: 1-0-2-0
HOME: 0-0-1-0
ROAD: 1-0-1-0

Last 5 seasons VS. WHEAT KINGS: 5-7-2-1
Last Win VS. WHEAT KINGS: January 13, 2018 (W 4-3 OT)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (45)
Assists: David Quenneville (42)
Points: Mark Rassell (71)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (50)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (16)

 

TIGERS WHEAT KINGS
PP HOME  (30/120) 25.0%  (37/133) 27.8%
PP AWAY  (23/120) 19.2%  (18/104) 17.3%
PP OVERALL  (53/240) 22.1%  (55/237) 23.2%
PK HOME  (18/91) 80.2%  (28/117) 76.1%
PK AWAY  (24/87) 72.4%  (38/132) 71.2%
PK OVERALL  (42/178) 76.4%  (66/249) 73.5%

 

Tonight’s Match-up:

  • James Hamblin has 3 points (2G, 1A) in three games played against the Wheat Kings this season.
  • The Tigers have not lost at home since January 26th, 2018, when they lost 4-3 in overtime to Kelowna.

Did you Know?

  • Bryan Lockner has 3 points (2G, 1A) in the Tabbies’ last three games.
  • Jaeger White recorded his 6th 2 point game of this season last night against the ICE.

Who to Watch:

Medicine Hat Tigers – Michael Bullion has been solid in net for the Tigers making a lot of fantastic saves last night against the ICE to keep the Orange and Black in the game. The 20-year Anchorage, Alaska native’s puck playing ability is similar to having a third defenceman on the ice which allows the Tigers to move the puck up quickly on the breakout.  Brandon Wheat Kings – Stelio Mattheos has 6 points (4G, 2A) against the Tabbies this season and is the Wheat Kings second highest point producer. Look for Mattheos to drive to the net and clean up rebounds for the Wheat Kings.

Imports:

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 15-12-3 record posting a 0.889 SV% and a 3.25 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  Result Next Five Time
Feb.23 @ Kootenay  (W) 3-2 Feb.27 @ Edmonton 11:30 am
Feb.21 vs. Kootenay (W) 3-1 Mar.3 vs. Red Deer 7:30 pm
Feb.17 vs. Swift Current (W) 4-3 OT Mar.4 @ Kootenay 4:00 pm
Feb.16 @ Swift Current (L) 6-2 Mar.6 vs. Regina 7:00 pm
Feb.11 @ Calgary (L) 5-4 Mar.9 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm

 

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