GAME 8 @ TRI-CITY
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Tonight’s game against the Tri-City Americans marks the second game in a three-game road trip for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Last night the Orange and Black paid a visit to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to do battle with the Chiefs. The Tabbies came out on top in a 3-2 shootout win. After tonight’s contest, the Tigers will visit the Kootenay ICE Monday before returning home to host the Prince George Cougars on Oct 12th.
Tigers vs. Americans
The Tigers travel to Kennewick, WA for their annual meeting with the Tri-City Americans. The last time the Tigers defeated the Americans was Feb 4, 2017, by a score of 6-5. In the last five years, the Tabbies hold a 2-2-0-1 against the Americans.
View from Tri-City
The Tri-City Americans hold a 2-1-0-0 record thus far this season and haven’t played since last week’s 3-2 loss to the Everett Silvertips. Leading the way for the Americans are veteran forwards Nolan Yeremko (4G, 2A) and Isaac Johnson (1G, 5A).
Daniel Baker is in his first season with the Orange and Black, however, the 6’3 Edmonton defenceman is no stranger to the league after being called up to play in 11 games last season, including 8 near the end of the season due to injuries. Baker gained valuable experience last season and which has been evident thus far this season as the 17-year-old has been called upon to play big minutes. Baker is a calm, collected player with a great ability to the read the play. Look for Baker to make an impact on the defensive end for the Tigers tonight.
In his fourth season with the team, the Medicine Hat Tigers’ 2014 first round bantam draft pick, James Hamblin, has been selected by his teammates to captain the 49th Edition of the Tigers. The 19-year-old Edmonton product is having his hottest start to a season thus far. In 7 games played, Hamblin has 4 goals and 4 assists and is leading his team as the top point producer. Hamblin is a hard-working, two way forward who leads the team by example with his team first mentality.
- Mads Sogaard earned his first Career WHL Win last night in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Spokane Chiefs. Sogaard stopped 39 of 41 shots faced.
- Josh Williams scored the lone goal in the shootout last night.
- The Tigers’ special teams performed well last night against the Chiefs as the Tabbies went 2 for 3 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
- Bryan Lockner is leading the team in power play goals with 2 thus far.
- The Orange and Black continue their scoring by committee approach as 10 players have scored the team’s 19 goals. Hamblin (4), Lockner (3), Chyzowski (2), Brown (2), Preziuso (2), Jevne (1), Rybinski (1), Haden (1), Ostir (1) and Van Impe (1).
- Three of the Tigers’ first-round bantam picks are leading the team with the most assists. Hamblin (2014), Chyzowski (2015) and Williams (2016) are all tied with 4 assists each.
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.