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The Medicine Hat Tigers kicked off their 50th anniversary season by coming from behind to defeat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout last night at the Enmax Centre. Trailing 3-1, the Tigers tied the game up midway through the final frame with goals from alternate captains Bryan Lockner and Ryan Chyzowski. After a five minute three on three overtime, Chyzowski scored the game winning goal in a shootout.
Tigers vs. Hurricanes
The Tigers and the Hurricanes are no strangers to opening their WHL campaigns by playing against each other. They have consistently faced off in a home and home series since the 2012-13 season with Medicine Hat boasting a 10-5-0-0 record against Lethbridge in the opening weekend series. Over the past five years, the Tabbies’ regular season record against the ‘Canes is 11-14-0-0.
View from Lethbridge
The Lethbridge Hurricanes dropped their home opener 4-3 in a shootout to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Dino Kambeitz finished the night with 2 points (1G, 1A) while goaltender Carl Tetachuk stopped 48 of 51 shots faced. Tonight the Hurricanes are expected to add a couple familiar faces to their roster with Koletrane Wilson returning from a one game suspension and Calen Addison being reassigned from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ryan Chyzowski not only scored the game tying goal to send last night’s tilt to overtime but he scored the game winning goal in the shootout. They 19-year-old Kamloops product is a reliable 200-foot player that competes and can shoot the puck hard. Chyzowski set new career highs in goals (27) and points (55) last season and he will be looking to build off that this year.
Returning for his overage season, James Hamblin was selected by his teammates to captain the 50th edition of the Medicine Hat Tigers. The former first round bantam pick has played his whole WHL career in Orange and Black, suiting up for 262 games, scoring 79 goals and picking up 113 assists. Hamblin is a fast, skilled, two way forward with a relentless work ethic.
- Sixteen-year-old Cole Sillinger scored the first goal of the Tabbies’ 50th anniversary season and his first regular season goal. Sillinger scored in the WHL Playoffs last year against the Edmonton Oil Kings and joined Tigers greats Trevor Linden and Steve Tsujiura as the only Tabbies to score in the playoffs during their 15-year-old season as affiliate players.
- Keith Silvernagle scored the first goal at home in Tigers franchise history.
- Import players Mads Søgaard and Jonathan Brinkman both hail from Aalborg, Denmark, where they played hockey together. They both also play for the Danish National team.
- The Tabbies went 1 fo 4 on the power play last night and they killed all four penalties.
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CF Industries Community Corner
CF Industries is a global leader in transforming natural gas into nitrogen. The chemical processes used ensures they have the nitrogen they need to support life on earth – from fertilizer that feeds the crops that feed the world to products that remove harmful emissions from industrial activities.
Tonight the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank will be in the CF Industries Community Corner. The Medicine Hat & District Food Bank works collaboratively in the community of Medicine Hat and surrounding area to ensure an adequate and accessible food support system is available to individuals and families in need.
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 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.