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The Medicine Hat Tigers are on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Regina Pats 4-2 on Saturday and the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-5 in overtime last Wednesday. The Tigers put in a team effort with 11 players picking up a point or more in those two games. After tonight’s contest, the Tabbies will travel to Red Deer Friday to play the Rebels before returning home Saturday to host the Kelowna Rockets.
Tigers vs. Blazers
Tonight marks the first and only contest between these two clubs this season. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 3-4-0-0 against the Blazers and the last time Medicine Hat beat Kamloops was December 16, 2016, in a 5-3 contest.
View from Kamloops
The Kamloops Blazers are currently on a six-game road trip that will end Saturday night in Lethbridge. Tonight’s contest is their fourth game on the road and their road trip record so far is 0-2-1-0. Last night they fell to the Red Deer Rebels 2-1. The Blazers are led by veteran forwards Zane Franklin with 33 points (17G, 16A) and Orrin Centazzo with 27 points (9G, 18A).
Ryan Jevne has been heating up for the Tigers and picked up 6 points (4G, 2A) in the last two games. The 20-year-old Edmonton product is a speedy forward who sees both sides of the puck well. He also has a lethal shot that makes opposing goaltenders cringe. Jevne is top set up man on the power play with 10 power play assists so far this season. Look for Jevne to make an impact at both ends of the ice tonight.
James Hamblin was drafted by the Tigers in the first round of the 2014 Bantam Draft. Since then the 19-year-old Edmonton native has suited up for 226 games, scored 61 goals and notched 88 assists. This season Hamblin is currently the Tigers’ top point producer with 15 goals and 19 assists in 32 games. Hamblin leads the Tigers by example with his hard work ethic, hustle and heart. He isn’t afraid to set up his teammates or light the lamp himself.
- The Tigers continue their scoring by committee approach with 19 players lighting the lamp at key moments to score the team’s 101 goals this season. Leading the way is Captain James Hamblin (15), Ryan Jevne (14), Tyler Preziuso (12) and Ryan Chyzowski (11).
- Elijah Brown scored his first goal in Orange and Black against the Kamloops Blazers Jan 31, 2018.
- The Tigers’ penalty kill is 79.8% effective and ranked 7th in the league. James Hamblin (2), Ryan Jevne (1) and Tyler Preziuso (1) all have shorthanded goals for the Tigers.
- Goaltender Mads Søgaard is ranked 6th in the league with a 2.50 GAA and 0.925 SAV%. Søgaard has been invited to the Denmark camp for the upcoming World Juniors and will depart after the Tigers’ final game before the Christmas break.
- Medicine Hat is 7-5-1-1 at home so far this season.
- Cole Clayton is the Subway Sub of the Month Player and you can enter to win a jersey autographed by Clayton. Contest details are on our website.
- The Tigers visited the Hospital on Monday, Dec 10th, to deliver the teddy bears collected from the Teddy Bear Toss earlier this month.
- Tigers prospects Cole Sillinger and Ashton Ferster were named to Team Saskatchewan’s U16 Team for the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. Prospect Dru Krebs was shortlisted for Team Alberta.
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.
Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre (APARC) provides animal pound services for the City of Medicine Hat. Founded in 2015, APARC works in association with the City of Medicine hat Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section and Medicine Hat Police Services. They provide compassionate care to all “guests” that come into the facility, until they return home, or find a new one.
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.