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The Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Kelowna Rockets 8-5 last night at Prospera Place. The Tabbies had eight different goal scorers in the contest and they improved their BC road trip record to 3-1-0-0. Medicine Hat is led by veteran forwards James Hamblin with 23 points (11G, 12A), Ryan Chyzowski with 22 points (10G, 12A) and Brett Kemp with 22 points (5G, 17A) and they are 12-5-1-0 on the season.
Tigers vs. Blazers
Tonight’s game will be the lone meeting between the Tigers and Blazers this season. The last time these two hockey clubs meet was December 12th, 2018, in Medicine Hat with the home team winning 4-2. Goaltender Mads Søgaard stopped 36 of 38 shots faced in the contest. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 2-4-0-0 against the Blazers.
View from Kamloops
The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-4 last night in Washington. Veteran forward Brodi Stuart had a four point (1G, 3A) night in the victory. The Blazers are 11-6-0-0 and they are led by veteran forwards Connor Zary with 26 points (10G, 16A) and Zane Franklin with 23 points (9G, 14A).
Eric Van Impe is an offensive defenceman in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 6’3 Calgary product has good hockey sense and he is not afraid to mix it up. Van Impe has a lethal shot from the point and he has already set new career highs in assists (5) and points (7) this season. Look for Van Impe to make an impact at both ends of the ice in tonight’s contest.
Captain James Hamblin is the Tigers top point producer with 23 points (11G, 12A) in 18 games played. The 20-year-old Edmonton native has been finding success on the team’s five game BC road trip with 6 points (5G, 1A) in the four games played in BC so far. Hamblin is a speedy, hardworking, determined two-way forward who leads his team by example. He can be counted on in all situations during the game.
- Veteran forward Brett Kemp has 18 points (4G, 14A) in his last 11 straight games played. Kemp has only been pointless in three games this season.
- Veteran forward Ryan Chyzowski has been selected to play for Team WHL during the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Chyzowski has 22 points (10G, 12A) in 18 games played.
- 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.
- After tonight’s game the Tigers will travel to Red Deer to play the Rebels Friday, Nov 15th before returning home to host the Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday, Nov 16th. The game against the Oil Kings will be the Tigers’ first home game since Oct 15th.
- The Tigers will be holding a full team autograph night after their game November 19th against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
- The Annual Teddy Bear Toss game will be November 30th when the Saskatoon Blades 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.