The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are 9-8-0-2 and fell 3-1 to the Saskatoon Blades last night. Tonight’s tilt will be the last of a three-game homestand and the Tabbies will depart on a 4 games in 5 days Eastern Conference road trip starting Tuesday in Saskatoon. The Tigers are led by veteran forwards James Hamblin with 23 points (9G, 14A) and Tyler Preziuso with 18 points (9G, 9A).
Tigers vs. Oil Kings
This will be the second meeting of these two Central Division rivals this season. The Oil Kings took the first contest 3-2 in Edmonton earlier this season. The Orange and Black have not lost at home to the Oil Kings since a 2-1 tilt in September 2014 and they are 18-2-0-0 against the Oil Kings over the past five years.
View from Edmonton
The Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Kootenay ICE 5-2 last night and they are sitting atop the Central Division with an 11-7-1-1 record. The Oil Kings are led by Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Trey Fix-Wolansky with 40 points (12G, 28A) so far this season and veteran forward Quinn Benjafeld with 23 points (8G, 15A).
Elijah Brown is a gritty, fearless forward with an offensive upside. The 18-year-old Edmonton native uses his speed to create opportunity all over the ice and he isn’t afraid to mix it up. Brown’s work ethic and creativity make him a fun player for fans to watch. Look for Brown to drive to the net and create scoring lanes in tonight’s tilt.
James Hamblin is leading the Tigers this season as the team’s top point producer with 9 goals and 14 assists so far. The 19-year-old Edmonton product is a two-way forward with a tireless work ethic that leads his team by example. “Work ethic is something I’ve always prided myself on. I was never the most skilled guy so I would get by on hard work,” said Hamblin.
- Eric Van Impe scored his first Career WHL Goal against the Oil Kings Sept. 26, 2018.
- Linus Nassen is averaging 1.14 pts/game and has reached a career-high in goals already this season with 4. Nassen has a total of 16 points (4G, 12A) in 14 games played.
- Two Tigers currently have multi-game point streaks: James Hamblin has 15 points (5G, 10A) in the last 9 games and Josh Williams has 6 points (3G, 3A) in the last 4 games.
- In his career as a Tiger, Ryan Chyzowski has amassed 10 points (2G, 8A) in 10 games played against the Oil Kings.
- In the first contest between these two clubs, the Tigers’ penalty kill was able to kill their lone penalty and the Tigers’ power play was 25% (1/4).
- Bryan Lockner will be doing an Instagram takeover of the Tigers’ account during the team’s Eastern Conference road trip starting Monday, November 12th.
- The Tigers continue their scoring by committee approach with 15 players lighting the lamp at key moments this season to score the team’s 62 goals.
Hut 8 Community Corner
Hut 8 Mining Company is a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company established through an exclusive partnership with the Bitfury Group, the world’s leading full-service blockchain technology company that recently opened in Medicine Hat.
Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society supports individuals who have experienced Family Violence by providing safe shelter, education, advocacy and access to community resources. We are committed to social change by providing programs and services that promote treating all people with respect and dignity. The Medicine Hat Tigers are “going purple” with purple on their sticks tonight as part of Family Violence Prevention Month this November.
The Medicine Hat Tigers are excited to introduce Family Packs this season! Two adult tickets and two children tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 pops for $69.95. Family packs can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or in person at the box office.
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.