GAME 9 @ KOOTENAY
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The Medicine Hat Tigers have won the first two games of their three-game Western road trip by defeating the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in a shootout Friday and the Tri-City Americans 2-0 Saturday. Tonight’s game against the Kootenay ICE will be the final game of the road trip before the Tigers return home to host the Prince George Cougars October 12th. The Orange and Black are currently 3-4-0-1 going into tonight’ tilt.
Tigers vs. ICE
This will be the first meeting of these two Central Division rivals this season. The Tigers and the ICE will face off 6 times this year. Since the 2013-14 season, these two familiar foes have met 34 times with the Tabbies posting a 25-8-1-0 record against the ICE. The last time the Tigers took on the ICE was March 4, 2018, with the Tigers winning 4-3-
View from Kootenay
The Kootenay ICE are 2-2-0-0 so far this season and have most recently defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings in a 5-4 shootout Friday night. After tonight’s tilt, the ICE will host the Regina Pats Oct 12th, travel to Medicine Hat for a rematch Oct 13th and return home to host the Prince George Cougars Oct 14th. Veteran forward Peyton Krebs is leading his team with 7 points (2G, 5A) in 4 games.
Gary Haden is a hard-working, two way forward in his third season with the Orange and Black. The 19-year-old Airdrie native has the ability to capitalize on his own chances and the ability to distribute the puck to his teammates. He is a utility player who has been called upon in the past to play defence as well. Look for Haden to create scoring lanes and drive to the net in tonight’s tilt.
James Hamblin is in his fourth season with the Tigers and was selected by his peers to lead the team this season. The 19-year-old Edmonton product was the Tabbies’ first-round pick in 2014 and has played 202 games for the Orange and Black amassing 123 points (50G, 73A). The hard-working, two-way forward leads his team by example with his team first mentality. Hamblin is currently also leading his team as the top point producer with 8 points (4G, 4A) in 8 games played so far this season
- Jordan Hollett earned his first shutout in Orange and Black Saturday night against the Americans and his third career WHL shutout.
- The Tigers penalty kill is 81.8% effective so far this season.
- Ryan Chyzowski has 11 points (6G, 5A) in 13 games played against the ICE over his career.
- Josh Williams is leading all Tigers with assists this season. He has 5 assists in 8 games played.
- Eric Van Impe is the lone Tigers defenceman and rookie to score a goal so far this season.
- Dawson Heathcote recorded his first WHL hat trick against the ICE Oct. 20, 2017.
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.