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@ Vancouver Giants – This is the first of two meetings between the Vancouver Giants and the Medicine Hat Tigers this season. Last season the Tigers and Giants split the series with each team winning one game. Wacey Hamilton lead the Tigers with 5 points (1G,4A) in the two games against the Giants last season.
VS BC DIVISION: So far this season, the Tigers are 3-2-0-0.
LAST GAME: The Tigers began their BC roadtrip with a 4-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers. Tyler Pitlick, Cole Grbavac, Linden Vey, and Emerson Etem all scored for the Tigers. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (20-8-2-0) stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.
2010-11 WHL RANKINGS: Record (27-12-2-0). Central Div. – 3rd. Eastern Con. – 4th. HOME (14-5-1-0). AWAY (13-7-1-0).
RETURNING TO ACTION: Hunter Shinkaruk (TEAM PACIFIC – U-17) and Emerson Etem (TEAM USA – WJC) have returned to the Tigers after each winning a bronze medal in their respective tournaments. In addition to his medal, Shinkaruk was also named to the tournament all-star team.
TRADE DEADLINE: The Tigers were active on Monday’s trade deadline dealing Ryan Harrison and a 2nd round draft pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft to the Everett Silvertips for forward Kellan Tochkin and defenceman Alex Theriau. Kellan is a highly skilled forward who has 36 points (17G, 19A) in 38 games this season. Alex, a Dallas Stars draft pick (2010 – 4th Round), is an excellent all around defenceman who can move the puck. In 37 games this year he has 7 assists and 27 penalty minutes.
CANADA GAMES: Three Medicine Hat Tigers recent draft picks will participate in the upcoming 2011 Canada Games in Halifax. Cole Sanford (BC U-16), Gavin Broadhead (NWT U-16) and Spencer Jensen (AB U-16) will all participate at the event taking place Feb. 11-27, 2011.
STREAKS: Kale Kessy (0G,2A), Linden Vey (2G,5A), Emerson Etem (2G,1A), Cole Grbavac (2G,0A), Tyler Pitlick (1G,1A), and Dylan Busenius (2G,1A) are all riding two game point streaks. Goaltender Tyler Bunz is 7-3-0-0 in his last 10 start.
MILESTONES: Linden Vey recently scored his 80th career goal and also surpassed Lanny McDonald (141 assists) for 20th all-time on the Tigers career assist leaders by recording his 142nd career assist. Goaltender Tyler Bunz recently recorded his 58th career win with the Tigers, one more than former Tigers netminder Chris Osgood (57). Matt Keetley holds the record for franchise wins with 105.
TIGERS ROSTER MAKEUP: The Tigers currently have 23 players on the roster – 2 Goaltenders, 9 Defenceman and 13 forwards, including 7 rookies.
AGE BREAKDOWN: 3 – 20 year olds, 8 – 19 year olds, 6 – 18 year olds, 6 – 17 year olds, and 1 – 16 year old.
2010-11 CLUB LEADERS:
- Goals (27) Linden Vey
- Assists (40) Linden Vey
- Points (67) Linden Vey
- PIM (93) Cole Grbavac
- Plus/Minus (+23) Emerson Etem
- Wins (20) Tyler Bunz
NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Linden Vey (L.A. Kings), Sebastian Owuya (Atlanta Thrashers), Kellan Tochkin (Vancouver Canucks), Jace Coyle (Dallas Stars), Alex Theriau (Dallas Stars), Tyler Bunz (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Pitlick (Edmonton Oilers) and Emerson Etem (Anaheim Ducks).
PP: (37/191) – (19.4%) PK: (162/196) – (82.7%)