The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers came from a 3-1 deficit in the first period to force extra time last night but fell in the sixth round of a shootout 4-3 to the Swift Current Broncos. Ryan Chyzowski scored a pair of goals while Dylan Plouffe scored his first goal as a Tiger with 19 seconds left in regulation on the power play to pick up a point in the contest for the Tabbies. The Orange and Black are 22-10-1-1 and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 53 points (18G, 35A).
Tigers vs. Hitmen
Tonight’s game between the Tigers and the Hitmen will be the first of three consecutive games and their third meeting of the season. Calgary hosted both previous contests and came out on top 2-0 in September and 6-3 in October. Medicine Hat is 10-8-2-0 against Calgary in the past five years and 6-2-1-0 when playing at home. Rookie forward Cole Sillinger leads the Tigers against the Hitmen with three points (1G, 2A) in two games played. After tonight, the Tigers will travel to Calgary for an afternoon New Year’s Day meeting before returning home January 3rd to host the Hitmen again.
View from Calgary
The Calgary Hitmen fell 5-4 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in overtime last night. Riley Stotts had a three point night (1G, 2A) in the contest. After tonight’s game in Medicine Hat, the Hitmen will return home to play the Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday before hosting the Tigers for a rematch Wednesday then returning to the Canalta Centre Friday. The Hitmen are 16-10-4-1 and they are led by Stotts with 35 points (16G, 19A) and Mark Kastelic with 32 points (18G, 14A).
Captain James Hamblin is tied in second for top scorer in the league with 53 points (18G, 35A) and he is leading the league in assists with 35. The 20-year-old Edmonton product was drafted in the first round of the 2014 Bantam Draft by Medicine Hat and he has since suited up for 295 games, scored 97 goals and collected 148 assists. Hamblin is consistently one of the Tigers’ top players who can be counted on in all situations. Look for him to make an impact in tonight’s game.
- Tonight’s game will be Eric Van Impe’s 100th career WHL game. The 2001 Calgary born defenceman has 19 points (6G, 13A) in his WHL career so far.
- Forward Corson Hopwo scored his first career WHL goal against the Calgary Hitmen Nov 4, 2018, in a 5-4 Tigers victory. Hopwo blocked a shot in the Tabbies’ end before racing up the ice on a partial breakaway and using one arm to punch the puck past Hitmen goaltender Jack McNaughton.
- 2003 born forward Cole Sillinger is leading the league in rookie scoring with 36 points (12G, 24A) in 29 games played this season.
- The Tigers’ A&W Skills Competition will take place Thursday, January 16th, 2020, at the Canalta Centre. Doors will open at 6 PM and the event will begin at 7 PM. Tickets will not be required but a suggested donation to the local MS Society will be accepted at the door.
- Eight Tigers Prospects are participating in the Mac’s AAA World Invitational Hockey Tournament in Calgary: Oasiz Wiesblatt (Calgary Buffaloes), Ryan Nolan (Calgary Northstars), Beckett Langkow (Fort Saskatchewan BP Rangers), Emanuel Hudson (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Caden Cabana (Lloydminster Inland Steel Bobcats), Teague Patton (Okanagan Rockets), Ashton Ferster (Prince Albert Mintos) and Tyler Mackenzie (Red Deer Optimist Chiefs).
CF Industries Community Corner
CF Industries is a global leader in transforming natural gas into nitrogen. The chemical processes used ensures they have the nitrogen they need to support life on earth – from fertilizer that feeds the crops that feed the world to products that remove harmful emissions from industrial activities.
Persian Dreams & Canine Themes Rescue Society has been active and helping to save, care for, and re-home animals in Medicine Hat for the past 12 years. They are a provincially and federally registered charity who receives no government funding. PDCT was created on the philosophy that all life is precious and deserves to be lived to the fullest with appropriate shelter, food and care. They have a strict NO KILL policy and they will do everything in their power to save animals – who others may turn away or choose to euthanize without a second thought. Their mission is to find permanent loving homes for all the animals in their care and for those yet to come.
Montana’s BBQ & Bar Birthday Party Package
The Medicine Hat Tigers along with Montana’s BBQ & Bar are excited to introduce Birthday Party Packages this season. There are three different packages that fans can choose from and all packages include two adult tickets and eight child tickets. To inquire about Montana’s BBQ & Bar Birthday Party Packages please call the Tigers Office at 403.526.2666.
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.