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The Medicine Hat Tigers scored four unanswered goals in the final frame to defeat the Prince Albert Raiders 8-4 on Wednesday night. Veteran forwards Brett Kemp and Ryan Chyzowski each scored hat tricks in the contest while linemate, rookie forward Cole Sillinger had a 6 point night (1G, 5A). The Orange and Black are now 22-8-1-0 and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 49 points (17G, 32A). After tonight’s game in Red Deer, the Tigers will return home to host the Edmonton Oil Kings for their final game before the holiday break.

Tigers vs. Rebels

Tonight’s matchup will be the fourth meeting between the Tigers and the Rebels this season. The Rebels won the first contest 4-3 in overtime before the Tigers took the next two games, 9-1 and 4-3 in a shootout. Captain James Hamblin leads the Tigers with 5 points (2G, 3A) in the series so far. The Tigers are 15-5-1-0 against the Rebels over the past five years and 8-2-0-0 when playing in Red Deer. After tonight, these two clubs won’t meet again until March 10th, 2020, in Medicine Hat.

View from Red Deer

The Red Deer Rebels fell 4-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night in Lethbridge. Rookie forward Jace Isley scored his first career WHL goal in the contest. Red Deer is now 10-17-0-3 and they are led by Arshdeep Bains with 21 points on the season. The Rebels return home to host the Medicine Hat Tigers tonight and the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday before their holiday break.

Tigers Talent

Lukas Svejkovsky is an 18-year-old skilful centre in his first year of NHL Draft Eligibility. The Point Roberts, Washington product joined the Tigers December 7th, 2019, from the Vancouver Giants along with veteran defenceman Dylan Plouffe. Svejkovsky plays with finesse and has a high hockey IQ. In his first three games with his new squad, Svejkovsky has two goals.

Captain’s Corner

Captain James Hamblin is leading the league in scoring with 49 points (17G, 32A). The 20-year-old Edmonton is also leading the league in assists with 32 and he recorded his first five point night of his career (all assists) on Tuesday against the Blades. Hamblin is a speedy, hard working forward who leads the Tigers by example. Look for the Captain to make an impact in tonight’s contest.

Quick Hits

  • Today is Mads Søgaard’s 19th The Danish netminder is currently in Belarus, Minsk competing for his country along with forward Jonathan Brinkman in the 2020 U20 World Championship Division 1 Group A tournament. Denmark has one overtime win and two losses in the tournament so far and they play against Norway today.
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers travelled to Saskatchewan earlier this week where they scored 19 goals in two games defeating the Saskatoon Blades 11-1 and the Prince Albert Raiders 8-4. In the two contests, three players scored hat tricks. Cyle McNabb scored his first career WHL hat trick Tuesday night against his former team. Brett Kemp and Ryan Chyzowski each scored a hat trick on Wednesday night in Prince Albert. It was Kemp’s second hat trick of his WHL career and Chyzowski’s first. The only other Tiger with a WHL hat trick is Captain James Hamblin who scored his Nov 2, 2019, against Victoria.
  • 16-year-old forward Cole Sillinger recorded his first six point night (1G, 5A) on Wednesday against the Blades and his eighth multi point night of his career. He is now leading the league in rookie scoring with 34 points (12G, 22A).
  • 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.

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