The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are 3-1-0-1 in their last five games and recently fell 4-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors in a shootout. The Tigers continue to embody their scoring by committee approach with 13 players lighting the lamp at key moments for the team. Medicine Hat has also relied on their veteran players to lead the way, most notably Captain James Hamblin with 19 points (9G, 10A) in 16 games, veteran forward Tyler Preziuso with 16 points (8G, 8A) in 16 games and Florida Panthers’ prospect Linus Nassen with 12 points (2G, 10A) in 11 games.
Tigers vs. Hitmen
The Tigers and the Hitmen will meet for the first time this season in a home and home series. Tonight the Tabbies will pay a visit to the Saddledome before hosting the Hitmen Sunday night at the Canalta Centre. Medicine Hat is 14-3-1-0 against Calgary in the last 5 years. The last time the Tigers triumphed over the Hitmen was Feb 9, 2018, and the score was 4-0.
View from Calgary
The Calgary Hitmen fell 5-3 to the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday and they are now 4-9-2-0. The Hitmen have three games in three days this weekend for the second time this season. After hosting the Tigers in tonight’s tilt, the Hitmen will host the Red Deer Rebels Saturday before travelling to Medicine Hat to face off with the Tigers once more on Sunday. The Hitmen are led by veteran forward Mark Kastelic who has 21 points (12G, 9A) in 15 games played.
Jaxon Steele scored his first Career WHL Goal against the Regina Pats last Friday night. His hard work continued to pay off as he was able to score in Saturday night’s contest with Moose Jaw as well. The 18-year-old Calgary product has a great set of hands that allow him to create offence, especially in tight spaces. Steele has a high hockey IQ and an imposing presence. Look for him to make an impact in tonight’s tilt.
Captain James Hamblin is having a great start to his 2018-19 Campaign scoring 9 goals and picking up 10 assists in 16 games thus far. Hamblin is honoured to be chosen to lead the team this year and is often credited as one of the hardest working players on the team. “Work ethic is just something I’ve always prided myself on,” said the 19-year-old Edmonton product. “I was never the most skilled guy so I would get by on hard work.”
- Several Tigers are on multi-game point streaks. Tyler Preziuso has 6G, 6A in 7 games. James Hamblin has 5G, 6A in 6 games. Elijah Brown has 1G, 4A in 4 games.
- Logan Christensen joined the Tigers Thursday, Oct. 25th and has suited up for two games with the Orange and Black, picking up a point in both. Christensen is an intelligent, two-way player that adds depth to the Tigers’ lineup.
- Tyler Preziuso scored his first Career WHL goal against the Calgary Hitmen Dec 19/15. His first goal was the game-tying goal on route to a 7-5 Tigers victory.
- The Tigers’ penalty kill is (11/59) 81.4% overall and the 6th best in the league
- Last season 18 different Tigers picked up a point or more in the six times the Tigers and the Hitmen faced off. Of the 18 players, 10 are current Tigers.
- Daniel Baker’s first Career WHL Assist was a helper on Elijah Brown’s goal in the Tigers 4-0 victory over the Hitmen Feb 9th, 2018, when he was playing as an affiliate
- Three Tigers have fathers who have also played in the WHL. Ryan Chyzowski’s father Dave played for the Kamloops Blazers. Eric Van Impe’s father played for the Prince Albert Raiders and the Red Deer Rebels. Joel Craven’s father, Murray, played for the Medicine Hat Tigers and in fact, Joel’s Grandpa Ron played for the Tigers as well.
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 48 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 210 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.