The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Winnipeg ICE 5-2 at the Canalta Centre on Friday night. Veteran forward Tyler Preziuso scored two goals while rookie netminder Garin Bjorklund stopped 29 of 31 shots faced. After tonight’s contest with the Rebels, the Orange and Black will host the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday, October 15th before playing nine straight games on the road. The Tigers are 6-2-1-0 and they are led by Captain James Hamblin with 11 points (4G, 7A) in 9 games.
Tigers vs. Rebels
Tonight’s meeting between the Tigers and Rebels is their second of this season. Last Saturday these two Central Division rivals met and the Rebels came out on top in overtime. The last time Medicine Hat defeated Red Deer was March 13, 2019, when the Tigers won 7-4. Over the last five years, the Tabbies are 13-5-1-0 against the Rebels.
View from Red Deer
The Red Deer Rebels were kept off the scoresheet Friday night when they fell 5-0 to the Portland Winterhawks. After tonight’s tilt in Medicine Hat, the Rebels will return home for a four game homestand starting Friday, October 18th, against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Rebels are 4-4-0-0 to start the season and they are led by Brett Davis with 7 points (4G, 3A) in 8 games.
Corson Hopwo is a hardworking, skilled forward in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 18-year-old Duncan, BC product brings energy, speed, high hockey IQ and good footwork into every game. In his career with the Tigers, Hopwo has 20 points (6G, 14A) in 68 games played. Look for Hopwo to drive to the net and create scoring opportunities tonight.
Captain James Hamblin is the Tigers top point producer with 11 points (4G, 7A) in 9 games played so far this season. Last year the 20-year-old Edmonton native also led the team in points with 77 points (33G, 44A) in 67 games played. Hamblin is a speedy, skilled two-way forward who leads the Tigers with tenacity and hard work.
- Tonight’s game is the Tigers’ Pink in the Rink game. The team will be wearing pink jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game on the main concourse through a silent auction. The silent auction will open at 6:30 PM and it will close at the end of the second intermission. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
- James Hamblin (2G, 4A) and Ryan Chyzowski (3G, 3A) have six points each in the Tigers’ last four games.
- Rookie goaltender Garin Bjorklund is rated as a ‘C’ prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List. Bjorklund is 5-0-0-0 in his WHL career.
- Elijah Brown scored the Tigers’ first shorthanded goal of the 2019-20 season Friday night against the Winnipeg ICE.
- Cole Sillinger is third in scoring amongst rookies with 8 points (5G, 3A) in 9 games. Sillinger was listed fourth on Sportnet’s CHL Power Rankings: 10 Rookies to Watch in 2019-20.
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Montana’s BBQ & Bar Birthday Party Package
The Medicine Hat Tigers along with Montana’s BBQ & Bar are excited to introduce Birthday Party Packages this season. There are three different packages that fans can choose from and all packages include two adult tickets and eight child tickets. To inquire about Montana’s BBQ & Bar Birthday Party Packages please call the Tigers Office at 403.526.2666.
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 49 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 212 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.