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PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 GAME 7: VS. LETHBRIDGE

VS. HURRICANES: Tonight the Tigers and Hurricanes will continue their 2nd round series in Game 7 at the Canalta Centre tonight. Medicine Hat forced the deciding game Sunday night with a convincing 5-2 victory. The Tigers will look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals tonight against Regina for the 1st time in the past 4 post seasons and 13th time in franchise history.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

APRIL 18TH, 2017

 

2016-17 WHL RANKINGS:

OVERALL: (51-20-1-0)

HOME: 25-9-1-0

AWAY: 25-11-0-0

2017 PLAYOFFS

SERIES TIED 3-3

INJURY UPDATES:

NONE

Man Games Lost to Injury: 90

16-17 SEASON SERIES VS. CANES

OVERALL: 4-3-0-0

HOME: 3-1-0-0

AWAY: 1-2-0-0

LAST 5 SEASONS: 17-11-1-0

LAST WIN: Mar. 18, 2017 – 8-7

2017 PLAYOFF LEADERS:

GOALS: DAHLSTROM, FISCHER (6)

ASSISTS: MASON SHAW (12)

POINTS: JOHN DAHLSTROM (13)

PIM: ZACH FISCHER (24)

PLUS MINUS: KRISTIANS RUBINS (+8)

WINS: MICHAEL BULLION (7)

16-17 PLAYOFF CLUB COMPARISON:

 

  TIGERS CANES
PP HOME 25.9% 22.6%
PP AWAY 27.3% 26.9%
PP OVERALL 26.5% (8TH)   24.6% (9TH)
PK HOME 80.9% 64.3%
PK AWAY 64.7% 78.3%
PK OVERALL 73.7% (8TH) 70.6% (11TH)
AT HOME 3-2-0 4-2-1
ON ROAD 4-1-0 3-1-1

 

LAST GAME AT A GLANCE:

  • John Dahlstrom scored the empty net goal and added 2 assists on the night to continue his extraordinary post season. Dahlstrom now leads the Tigers in playoff scoring and all WHL rookies
  • Max Gerlach scored his 5th of the post season and is now riding a 5 game point streak heading into tonight
  • Giorgio Estephan was held pointless for just the 3rd time this post season and second time this series
  • The Tigers put 37 shots on Stuart Skinner in the game, Skinner has only faced less than 30 shots once the entire post season (vs. RD Gm 2)

TIGERS FAST FACT:

  • The last time the Tigers played in a Game 7 was during the 2014 Playoffs, April 16th against the Kootenay Ice. The Tigers climbed back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. Medicine Hat won Game 7, 4-1

GAME 7 HISTORY:

  • 2014 – vs. Kootenay (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 2009 – vs. Swift Current (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 2007 – vs. Red Deer (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 2007 – vs. Vancouver (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 2005 – vs. Red Deer (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 2003 – vs. Red Deer (Rebels win 4-3)
  • 1991 – vs. Lethbridge (Hurricanes win 4-3)
  • 1987 – vs. Portland (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 1987 – vs. Saskatoon (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 1986 – vs. Prince Albert (Tigers win 4-3)
  • 1980 – vs. Billings (Tigers win 4-3)
  • Overall Record in Game 7: 9-2

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: The Tigers have won 5 of 6 Game 7’s dating back to 1996. Over that span the Tigers have won 5 straight Game 7’s, their only defeat coming in 2003 against the Red Deer Rebels.

EXPERIENCE: The Tigers boast just 3 players on their team who have any Game 7 experience. Matt Bradley, Steven Owre and Chad Butcher were all in the lineup the last time Medicine Hat appeared in a deciding 7th game, April 14th against the Kootenay Ice. Owre was the only one who found the scoresheet.

THIS DATE IN PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Tigers have played once on April 18th in the playoffs since the 1996 season. That year the Tigers met the power house Edmonton Oil Kings in the Eastern Conference Final Game 1. The Tigers couldn’t match the Oil Kings as they had rested after easily defeating Brandon in the semi-finals. The Tigers were coming off a comeback Game 7 victory against Kootenay and ended up falling 8-3 in Game 1.

WHO TO WATCH: TigersMason Shaw: A sure NHL Draft pick this June, Shaw is on a 3 game point streak recording 6 assists in that span. HurricanesEgor Babenko: After a slow start to this series Babenko is on a 4 game point streak, recording 8 points in that span.

NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Matt Bradley (Montreal Canadiens), Nick Schneider (Calgary Flames), John Dahlstrom (Chicago Blackhawks), David Quenneville (New York Islanders)

 

LAST FIVE RESULTS: NEXT FIVE: TIME:
Apr 8 VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-4 LOSS    VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes Tues. April 18 – Game 7 7:00 PM (MT)
Apr 11 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 LOSS    
Apr 12 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 OTW    
Apr 14 VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-4 LOSS    
Apr 16 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 WIN  
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