VS. VANCOUVER– Tonight marks the first time the Medicine Hat Tigers will face off against the Vancouver Giants this season. The Tigers found this scoring touch last night when they hosted the Edmonton Oil Kings, defeated the Oil Kings 5-1. The Giants are riding a three game winning streak into tonight’s match up, including a 5-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes last night.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Linus Nassen – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2016/17 Series VS Giants:
Last 5 seasons VS. Giants: 4-4-1-0
Last Win VS. Giants: January 7, 2017 (W 5-4)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (34)
Assists: David Quenneville (29)
Points: Mark Rassell (54)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (40)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (13)
- James Hamblin and David Quenneville are the only current Tigers to have scored against the Giants last season.
- The Tigers are 12-2-0-0 when leading after the 1st period.
Did you Know?
- Baxter Anderson scored his first goal of this WHL season last night against the Edmonton Oil Kings; but his first WHL career goal was scored in the 2015-16 season against Moose Jaw.
- Mark Rassell has 11 points in the Tigers last 6 games.
Who to Watch:
Medicine Hat Tigers – Max Gerlach played exceptionally well for the Tigers Friday night scoring twice and getting an assist. Gerlach game has been heating up since Christmas where he has potted 3 goals and picked up 3 assists in the Tigers last 4 games. Look for the 19-year-old sniper to get the Tigers on the scoreboard. Vancouver Giants – Ty Ronning is the Giants leading point producer and he has 4 points (1 G, 3 A) in the Giants last 2 games. Ronning has already matched his 2016/17 points with 53 so far this season.
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 14 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 he is sporting a 13-8-2 record with a 3.36 GAA and a .899 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 9-7-1 record posting a .877 SV% and a 3.48 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.5 vs. Edmonton
|Jan.3 @ Calgary
||(L) 4-3 OT
||Jan.12 @ Regina
|Jan.1 @ Kootenay
||(W) 5-4 OT
||Jan.13 @ Brandon
|Dec.30 vs. Red Deer
||(W) 4-3 OT
||Jan.14 @ Moose Jaw
|Dec.29 @ Lethbridge
||Jan.17 vs. Kootenay