@ CALGARY — Tonight the Medicine Hat Tigers travel west on highway one to take on central division rivals, the Calgary Hitmen. These two rivals have met twice already this season, with the Tabbies winning both times. The Orange and Black have a two game winning streak going into tonight’s matchup; while the Hitmen are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Josh Williams – Upper Body (Day to Day)
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Linus Nassen – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2017/18 Series VS Hitmen:
Last 5 seasons VS. Hitmen: 16-3-1-0
Last Win VS. Hitmen: November 11, 2017 (W4-3 OT)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (32)
Assists: David Quenneville (28)
Points: Mark Rassell (51)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (36)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (13)
- Mark Rassell is the Tigers leading point producer including 8 points in the Tigers’ last 4 games.
- Look for Kristians Rubins to shut down Calgary’s top goal scorers
Did you Know?
- James Hamblin scored two shorthanded goals in 35 seconds against the Kootenay Ice Monday.
- Max Gerlach scored the overtime winning goal last time these two rivals met.
Who to Watch:
Tigers – Mark Rassell put on another exceptional performance for the Tigers Monday night against the Kootenay Ice scoring once and assisting two short handed goals. Rassell’s speed and ability to score key goals have put the 20-year-old Calgary native on pace for his best goal scoring season as a member of the Orange and Black. Calgary Hitmen – Mark Kastelic has been playing well for the Hitmen. Kastelic has 6 points in his last 3 games including 2 goals and an assist against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday.
In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 22 points in 38 games with the Tigers. The Tabbies blue line also features the towering shut down defenceman Kristians Rubins. Rubins is the first Latvian born player to ever suit up for the Tigers and he has netted 3 goals and 11 assists so far this season.
Protecting the Paint:
The Tigers acquired 18-year-old netminder Jordan Hollett from the Regina Pats in the offseason. Hollett is a 6th round selection of the Ottawa Senators and currently is sporting a 13-8-1 record with a 3.33 GAA and a .900 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 8-7-1 record posting a .874 SV% and a 3.64 GAA.
NHL Drafted / Signed Players:
David Quenneville (New York Islanders), Mason Shaw (Minnesota Wild), Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators), Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers)
TIGERS BROADCAST: Listen to the legendary voice of the Tigers Bob Ridley broadcast all Tigers games on CHAT 94.5 FM. Bob Ridley has called all but one game since the Medicine Hat Tigers came into the league in 1970.
| Last 5 Regular Season Games
|Jan.1 @ Kootenay
||(W) 5-4 OT
||Jan.5 vs. Edmonton
|Dec.30 vs. Red Deer
||(W) 4-3 OT
||Jan.6 vs. Vancouver
|Dec.29 @ Lethbridge
|Dec.27 vs. Lethbridge
||Jan.12 @ Regina
|Dec.16 @ Edmonton
||(W) 4-3 SO
||Jan.13 @ Brandon