This is the first of eight and meetings between these two Central Division rivals. Last season, Medicine Hat posted a (6-1-1-0) record versus the Hurricanes (3-1-0-0 at home and 3-0-1-0 in Lethbridge) with the Tigers outscoring the Hurricanes 32-23. Leading the way for Tigers were forwards Wacey Hamilton (3G, 7A) and graduated forward Bretton Cameron (7G, 3A), each with 10 points. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (3-1-1-0) allowed 14 goals (2.49 – G.A.A) in six starts, while Deven Dubyk (2-0-0-0) allowed six goals in two appearances. The Tigers were 9 for 40 on the power play (22.5%), while killing of 29 of 36 Lethbridge power plays (80.6%).
Vs Central Division: Last season, Medicine Hat posted a record of 22-9-2-2 in 32 games versus Central Division opponents.
2009-10 WHL RANKINGS: Record (41-23-3-5). Central Division – 3rd. Eastern Conference – 5th.
2009-10 Home Record (23-9-1-2)…Away Record (17-14-2-3).
2010 EXHIBITION: The Tigers posted a record of 4-1-0-1 in six exhibition games.
NOTES: Last season marked the 8th straight season the Medicine Hat Tigers qualified for the WHL Playoffs. Tyler Bunz and Sebastian Owuya have returned to Medicine Hat and will be available for the Tigers home opener, while also returning to the Tigers is Emerson Etem from the Anaheim Ducks. Also returning to the Tigers was Captain Wacey Hamilton and forward Tyler Pitlick. Linden Vey, the Tigers 2009-10 leading scorer, was also returned to the club by the L.A. Kings. Only Jace Coyle remains at an NHL camp.
2009 – 10 CLUB LEADERS:
- Goals (40) Bretton Cameron
- Assists (51) Linden Vey
- Points (75) Linden Vey
- PIM (123) Kale Kessy
- Plus/Minus (+28) Wacey Hamilton
- Wins (31) Tyler Bunz
NHL DRAFTED: Linden Vey (L.A. Kings), Sebastian Owuya (Atlanta Thrashers), Jace Coyle (Dallas Stars), Tyler Bunz (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Pitlick (Edmonton Oilers) and Emerson Etem (Anaheim Ducks).
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