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VS LETHBRIDGE – This is the seventh of eight meetings between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Medicine Hat Tigers this season. So far this season, Medicine Hat posted a (4-2-0-0) record versus the Hurricanes (2-1-0-0 at home and 2-1-0-0 in Lethbridge). The Tigers hold the edge in goals 23-17 and have outshot the Hurricanes 198-163. The Tigers are led by Wacey Hamilton (5G,3A) and Tyler Pitlick (2G,5A) with eight and seven points respectively. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (3-1-0-0) has allowed four goals (1.12 G.A.A.) on 84 shots (.952 Save %) with one shutout in four appearances, while Deven Dubyk (1-1-0-0) has allowed twelve goals (4.88 G.A.A.) on 79 shots (.848 Save %) in his three starts versus Lethbridge. On the power play, the Tigers are 5 for 28 (17.6%) while killing off 26 of 29 Lethbridge power plays (89.7%).
VS CENTRAL DIVISION: So far this season, the Tigers are 12-6-0-0.
LAST GAME: The Tigers defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-2. A number of players came up big in the game. Linden Vey (2G,2A), Wacey Hamilton (1G,1A), Thomas Carr (0G,2A) and Kellan Tochkin (0G,2A) all had multipoint nights. Emerson Etem and Tyler Pitlick also added goals for the Tigers. Goaltender Tyler Bunz made 27 saves on 29 shots for the win.
2010-11 WHL RANKINGS: Record (28-13-2-0). Central Div. – 3rd. Eastern Con. – 4th. HOME (14-5-1-0). AWAY (14-8-1-0).
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.
TRADE DEADLINE: The Tigers were active on the WHL 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.
STREAKS: Linden Vey (4G,8A), Kellan Tochkin (0G,5A) and Emerson Etem (4G,1A) are riding four 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 (29) Linden Vey
- Assists (43) Linden Vey
- Points (72) Linden Vey
- PIM (93) Cole Grbavac
- Plus/Minus (+24) Emerson Etem/Linden Vey
- Wins (21) 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: (40/200) – (20.0%) PK: (172/208) – (82.7%)