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GAME 67: VS. KOOTENAY

VS. ICE: Tonight the Tigers finish their season series with the Kootenay Ice in their 7th game against each other. Medicine Hat has won all previous 6 meetings this year. The Tigers have outscored Kootenay 37 to 12 in those games. The Tigers are coming off a tough game against Moose Jaw, a 5-3 loss in the dying minutes which snapped their modest 4 game winning streak. Kootenay has dropped 3 of their last 4 games heading into tonight.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

MARCH 7th, 2017

 

2016-17 WHL RANKINGS:

OVERALL: (46-19-1-0)

HOME: 23-8-1-0

AWAY: 23-11-0-0

Central Division: 1st

Eastern Conference: 2nd

INJURY UPDATES:

SCHULTZ – Lower Body

RUBINS – Upper Body

Man Games Lost to Injury: 77

16-17 SEASON SERIES VS. ICE

OVERALL: 6-0-0-0

HOME: 2-0-0-0

AWAY: 4-0-0-0

LAST 5 SEASONS: 18-7-1-0

LAST WIN: Feb. 1, 2017 – 6-2

2016-17 CLUB LEADERS:

GOALS: MARK RASSELL (33)

ASSISTS: CHAD BUTCHER (68)

POINTS: CHAD BUTCHER (92)

PIM: ZACH FISCHER (130)

PLUS MINUS: CLAYTON KIRICHENKO (+48)

WINS: NICK SCHNEIDER (31)

16-17 CLUB COMPARISON:

 

  TIGERS ICE
PP HOME 27.4% 16.8%
PP AWAY 29.7% 19.7%
PP OVERALL 28.6% (2ND)   18.1% (16TH)
PK HOME 80.0% 80.9%
PK AWAY 80.7% 75.2%
PK OVERALL 80.4% (6TH) 77.9% (15TH)
AT HOME 23-8-1-0 8-19-5-1
ON ROAD 23-11-0-0 6-22-3-1

 

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

  • Medicine Hat heads into tonight 7-3-0-0 in their past 10 games with the Ice sporting a 2-7-1-0 record over the same span
    • Kootenay has allowed 23 goals in their past 3 games on their current 5 game road trip. They have scored just twice in that span, being shut out twice
  • Medicine Hat suffered just their 2nd loss of the season Saturday after leading after two periods of play. Both losses have come against non-division opponents this season (Moose Jaw, Prince George)
  • Mason Shaw, Matt Bradley and Mark Rassell all lead the Tigers in scoring against the Ice
    • Shaw has 14 points in 6 games (2G, 12A), his 12 assists against Kootenay account for 20% of his assist total this season
    • Bradley and Rassell both have 10 points in 6 games with Rassell being tied for the team lead vs. Kootenay with 6

TIGERS FAST FACTS:

  • Tonight will be game number 200 for Tigers forward Mark Rassell in his WHL career. Rassell is also just 3 points away from 100 in his career
  • Tigers forward Chad Butcher is just 4 games away from playing in his 300th WHL game, all with the Tigers. If Butcher makes the mark he will become just the 9th player in franchise history to reach the mark.
  • Zach Fischer is the first Tigers since Darren Reid in the 2003-04 season to record 30+ goals and 130+ penalty minutes. That year Reid finished with 33 goals and 194 penalty minutes

DID YOU KNOW?: Nick Schneider’s 131 games played as a Tiger ranks 9th on the all-time list among goaltenders in franchise history

IN THE DIVISION: After last weekend the Tigers are now done playing regular season games against non-divisional opponents. This season the Tigers went 24-15-1-0 against the US, East and BC Divisions. They are 22-4-0-0 against divisional opponents.

WHO TO WATCH: TigersSteven Owre: Coming off a successful weekend, Owre recorded 6 points in 3 games and will look to continue that momentum into tonight.  IceBrett Davis– After coming over in a trade deadline deal from Lethbridge, Davis has 3 goals in 3 games against the Tigers and 31 points on the season.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: In the Tigers 3rd last game of the season during the 2009-10 season they faced off against the Edmonton Oil Kings a midst a 3 game winning streak. Medicine Hat jumped out to a 4-0 lead into the midway point of the second period. The Tigers got goals from Bretton Cameron (36), Joe Frazer (18), Mark Isherwood (17) and Matt Konan (5). Emerson Etem would score the lone goal for Medicine Hat in the third period, his 36th of the season to cap off a decisive 5-2 victory. Tyler Bunz stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Tigers 4th consecutive victory.

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 24 @ Calgary Hitmen 5-4 WIN    VS. Kootenay Ice Tuesday March 7 7:00 PM (MT)
Feb 25 VS. Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0 WIN    VS. Edmonton Oil Kings Friday March 10 7:30 PM (MT)
Mar 1 @ Prince Albert Raiders 6-5 OTW    @ Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday March 11 7:00 PM (MT)
Mar 3 @ Regina Pats 6-4 WIN    VS. Red Deer Rebels Tuesday March 14 7:00 PM (MT)
Mar 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5-3 LOSS    @ Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday March 17 7:00 PM (MT)
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