The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are 1-1-0-0 so far on their five game BC Road Trip and 10-5-1-0 this season. The Tabbies opened the trip by defeating the Victoria Royals 6-3 on Saturday but falling 5-2 to the Vancouver Giants on Sunday. After tonight’s contest in Prince George, the Tigers will travel to Kelowna Friday and Kamloops on Saturday. The Orange and Black are led by veteran forwards James Hamblin (9G, 11A) and Brett Kemp (3G, 17A) with 20 points each.
Tigers vs. Cougars
Tonight’s contest is the only meeting between these two hockey clubs this season. The last time the Tigers and the Cougars faced off was October 12th, 2018, in Medicine Hat, with the Tigers winning 4-1. Veteran forwards Tyler Preziuso (1G, 1A) and Ryan Chyzowski (2A) each had two points in the contest. Medicine Hat is 4-1-0-0 against Prince George over the past five years.
View from Prince George
The Prince George Cougars fell 6-0 to the Spokane Chiefs in their last game on Saturday night and they will be looking to rebound tonight. The Cougars are led by veteran forward Josh Maser with 11 points (6G, 5A) in 16 games played. Prince George is 4-11-0-1 to start the season.
Brett Kemp is a smart, fast forward that has good hands and a great shot. The 19-year-old Yorkton, SK native has been the Tigers’ top set up man so far this season with a team leading 17 assists. He is in a three way tie for most assists in the league. Look for Kemp to control the play and create opportunities for the Tigers in tonight’s battle.
Captain James Hamblin is a fast, skilled, two-way forward who leads his team by example through hard work and tenacity. The 20-year-old Edmonton native is tied as one of the Tigers’ top point producers so far this season with 20 points (9G,11A). In his career as a Tiger, Hamblin has suited up for 277 games, scoring 88 goals and picking up 124 assists. Look for Hamblin to make an impact on both ends of the ice in tonight’s tilt.
- Tonight’s game will be veteran defenceman Trevor Longo’s 100th career WHL game.
- Veteran forward Ryan Chyzowski has been selected to play for Team WHL during the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Chyzowski has 19 points (10G, 9A) in 16 games played.
- In his career as a Tiger, Chyzowski has 5 points (1G, 4A) in 4 games played against Prince George.
- Rookie forward Cole Sillinger was named the WHL Rookie of the Month for October. Sillinger has 17 points (8G, 9A) in 14 games played. He is currently playing for Team White at the U17 World Hockey Challenge along with Prince George Cougar’s rookie goaltender Tyler Brennan.
- The Medicine Hat Tigers are 5-4-0-0 on the road this season and they are in the middle of playing nine straight games on the road. The Tigers’ last home game was Oct 15th and they will not play at home again until Nov 16th when the Oil Kings come to town.
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.