The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers hosted the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night during their Annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Despite Captain James Hamblin opening the scoring with just over 5 minutes left in the first frame to send the teddy bears flying onto the ice, the Tigers fell 3-1 to the Hurricanes. Goaltender Mads Sogaard picked up his first career WHL assists on Hamblin’s teddy bear goal.
Tigers vs. Pats
Tonight marks the second time this season the Tigers and the Pats will face off. The Tigers ran away with an 8-5 victory over the Pats back in October. That is the most goals the Tabbies have scored in one game this season. Medicine Hat was 4 for 6 on the power play and 1 for 2 on the penalty kill against the Pats that night. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 4-8-0-1 against the Pats.
View from Regina
The Regina Pats lost 5-2 Saturday night to the Prince Albert Raiders. Carter Massier and recently acquired Jadon Joseph scored for the Pats in the losing contest. The Pats are led by veteran forwards Austin Pratt (10G, 14A). Regina is 8-19-0-0 so far this season.
Linus Nassen is back for his second season with the Orange and Black. The 20-year-old Norrtalje, Sweden native is a smooth skating, highly skilled defenceman. Nassen was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has sharp puck skills and a high hockey IQ. Look for Nassen to make an impact in tonight’s contest.
Captain James Hamblin is a shifty forward with deceptive speed who leads the Tigers in points this season (12G, 18A). Hamblin has a great hockey sense and a tireless work ethic. He often leads the team by example by stepping up and consistently getting the job done. Hamblin is not afraid to battle for the puck, set his teammates up or find the back of the net himself. Look for the 19-year-old Edmonton native to drive to the net and create scoring opportunities tonight for the Tabbies.
- 14 different Tigers collected a point or more against the Pats during the 8-5 contest in October. Leading the way for the Tigers were Ryan Chyzowski (2G, 1A), James Hamblin (2G, 1A) and Linus Nassen (3A).
- Logan Christensen scored his first goal as Medicine Hat Tiger during the October 26th, 2018, match.
- Jaxon Steele scored his first Career WHL Goal against the Pats on October 26, 2018.
- Tigers netminder Mads Sogaard is third in the league for save percentage (0.924)
- Affiliate player Cole Sillinger’s first career WHL game played was the October 26th, 2018 meeting and he will be suiting up for the Tigers this afternoon.
- This afternoon’s game will be the first of three on the road for the Tigers. They are currently 6-8-0-1 on the road this season.
- Rookie defenseman Daniel Baker leads all Tigers rookies in points with 5 (all assists).
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.