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The Medicine Hat Tigers won their fifth straight game on Tuesday night when they defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-3. Veteran forwards Brett Kemp and Ryan Chyzowski recorded four points (2G, 2A) each in the contest while linemate Cole Sillinger recorded three assists. Tonight the Tabbies will travel West on Highway Three to take on the Hurricanes for a rematch. The Tigers are now 19-7-1-0 and they are led by Captain James Hamblin with 42 points (17G, 25A). After tonight, the Orange and Black will return home to host the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.
Tigers vs. Hurricanes
Tonight marks the fifth meeting this season between these two Central Division rivals. The Tigers are 3-1-0-0 against the Hurricanes so far this season. Over the past five years, Medicine Hat is 13-15-0-0 against Lethbridge and 6-8-0-0 when playing at the Enmax Centre. Brett Kemp has eight points (2G, 6A) and Ryan Chyzowski has seven points (4G, 3A) in four games played against Lethbridge this season.
View from Lethbridge
Tonight’s game is the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ third in four days. After falling 8-3 to the Tigers on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes returned home to host the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday and they lost 3-1 despite rookie goaltender Bryan Thomson stopping 34 of 37 shots faced. Veteran defenceman Alex Cotton has five points (1G, 4A) in four games played against the Tigers this season while Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens has four points (2G, 2A) in two games against the Tabbies.
Caleb Willms is in his first season with the Tigers and he has 7 points (3G, 4A) in 20 games played so far. The 17-year-old Cochrane, AB product is a smart, skilled forward, that has a nose for the net. He has excellent hands and can control the puck in tight quarters. He works and competes hard every game.
Captain James Hamblin was named the WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month for the month of November after putting up 24 points (11G, 13A) in 12 games played that month. Hamblin is the Tigers’ leading scorer with 42 points (17G, 25A) in 27 games and he is in a three way tie in first for scoring in the league. The hardworking, two-way forward leads his team by example and will look to make an impact tonight.
- The Tigers’ power play is ranked first in the league 26.4% effective (29/110).
- Against the Hurricanes, the Tigers PP is 43.6% (7/16) effective and their PK is 87.5% (2/16).
- Ryan Chyzowski is tied in third for most power play goals with 7.
- Daniel Baker is 11th in the league for scoring as a defenceman with 19 points (7G, 12A).
- Rookie forward Noah Danielson scored his first career WHL goal on Tuesday night in Medicine Hat against the Hurricanes.
- Rookie forward Cole Sillinger is second in the league for rookie scoring with 23 points (10G, 13A) in 22 games.
- The Wawanesa Toy Drive in support of the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund is December 14th when the Tigers host the Edmonton Oil Kings.
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.