The Story Coming In
After defeating the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout Friday, the Medicine Hat Tigers’ six game winning streak was snapped when they fell 5-0 to the Everett Silvertips Saturday at home. Saturday’s game was the third time this season the Tabbies have been kept off the scoresheet. This week, the Orange and Black will play four games in five nights starting tonight in Saskatoon. The Tigers are 20-8-1-0 so far this season and they are led by Captain James Hamblin with 43 points (17G, 26A).
Tigers vs. Blades
The Tigers will battle the Blades tonight in Saskatoon for their third meeting of the season. Both previous matchups were played in Medicine Hat and the Tigers came out on top. Veteran forward Brett Kemp has 4 points (1G, 3A) in the series so far. Over the past five years, the Tabbies are 9-4-0-1 against the Blades and 3-2-01 when playing in Saskatoon.
View from Saskatoon
The Saskatoon Blades fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night. Zach Huber, Colton Dach and Tristen Robins each scored a goal during the contest while goaltender Nolan Maier made 23 saves on 26 shots faced. Maier also stopped one of the two shooters faced during the shootout. The Blades are 14-13-1-2 and they are led by veteran forward Riley McKay with 24 points (11G, 13A).
Elijah Brown is a speedy, skilled forward in his third season with the Orange and Black. The 19-year-old Edmonton product sees the ice well, is creative and he is not afraid to mix it up. Brown has 19 points (5G, 14A) in 29 games played so far this season. Look for Brown to drive to the net and create scoring opportunities tonight.
Captain James Hamblin has been having a strong campaign in his overage season with the Tigers. The 20-year-old Edmonton native is currently second in the league in scoring with 43 points (17G, 26A) and he is in a four way tie for most assists (26). Hamblin is a hard working, two-way forward who leads the Tabbies by example.
- The Tigers are 10-5-0-0 on the road this season and they have won their last three road games.
- The Tigers made a deal with the Vancouver Giants on Saturday where they acquired veteran defenceman Dylan Plouffe, forward Lukas Svejkovsky, a third round bantam draft pick in 2020 and a conditional third round draft pick in 2021 from the Giants in exchange for veteran forward Tyler Preziuso, defenceman Trevor Longo, a first round bantam pick in 2020 and a conditional fifth round pick in 2021.
- Nick Perna was acquired by the Tigers on November 28th from the Portland Winterhawks. Perna made his debut with the Tabbies against the Saskatoon Blades on November 30th where he scored his first goal with his team and his first of this season.
- Mads Søgaard and Jonathan Brinkman reported to Team Denmark for the 2020 U20 World Championship Division 1 Group A Tournament in Minsk, Belarus. Denmark fell 3-0 in their opening game against Latvia December 9th and won their second game against Slovenia 2-1 in overtime today.
- 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.