The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers took the first game of their weekend home and home series with the Warriors 5-2. Trailing 2-1 heading into the final frame, the Tigers scored four unanswered goals, including two empty net goals, to win the game. Brett Kemp and Cole Sillinger combined on three of the four third period goals. Tonight the Orange and Black will travel to Moose Jaw for their final meeting of the season. After tonight’s game, Medicine Hat will play the Lethbridge Hurricanes at home Saturday, January 18th before travelling to Edmonton Sunday, January 19th for an afternoon date with the Oil Kings. The Tigers are 27-12-1-1 and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 62 points (23G, 39A).
Tigers vs. Warriors
Tonight the Tigers travel to Moose Jaw for game two of a home and home series as well as their final battle of the season against the Warriors. Medicine Hat is 3-0-0-0 against Moose Jaw so far this season. Captain James Hamblin has been leading the way for the Tigers with 6 points (3G, 3A) in the three games played between these two clubs. Over the past five years, the Tabbies are 7-6-1-1 against the Warriors and 3-3-1-0 when playing in Moose Jaw.
View from Moose Jaw
The Moose Jaw Warriors acquired goaltenders Boston Bilous and Brock Gould, as well as forwards Martin Lang, Logan Doust and defenceman Nolan Jones prior to Friday’s trade deadline. With new faces in their lineup, they fell 5-2 to the Tigers Friday but they will look to rebound in tonight’s rematch. Tonight’s game is the first of a four game homestand where they will host the Prince George Cougars, the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Warriors are 11-24-2-0 and they are led by 2021 NHL Draft Eligible Ryder Korczak with 42 points (11G, 31A).
Brett Kemp had a three point night Friday night against Moose Jaw setting up Cole Sillinger to score the game tying goal before scoring the game winning goal and adding an empty net goal. The 19-year-old Yorkton, SK product is currently fourth in league scoring with 53 points (20G, 33A). He is a smart, two-way forward with a deadly shot release and a knack for scoring important goals. Kemp sees the ice well and he has the ability to create opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Captain James Hamblin is the heartbeat of the Medicine Hat Tigers. The second year Captain leads his team by example with his hard work ethic, his dedication and his ability to be relied on in every situation. Hamblin is tied in first in league scoring with 62 points (23G, 39A) and he is second in the league for assists with 39. The 20-year-old Edmonton product has played his whole WHL career with the Orange and Black suiting up for 302 games, scoring 102 goals and collecting 152 assists.
- Cole Sillinger is leading the league in rookie scoring with 43 points (16G, 27A) in 36 games played. The 16-year-old Regina product is the first rookie to reach the 40 point marker this season.
- Daniel Baker scored his first career WHL goal against the Moose Jaw Warriors Dec 5, 2018, at Mosaic Place in a 6-5 Tigers’ overtime victory.
- Four Tigers are the top 25 in the league for scoring
- James Hamblin is tied for first with 62 points (23G, 39A)
- Brett Kemp is fourth with 53 points (20G, 33A)
- Cole Sillinger is 21st with 43 points (16G, 27A)
- Ryan Chyzowski is 22nd with 42 points (19G, 23A)
- The Medicine Hat Tigers are tied with the Winnipeg ICE for the least penalized team in the league averaging 9.0 PIM/game. The Moose Jaw Warriors are the third least penalized team averaging 9.1 PIM/game.
- In their head to head battle, the Tigers are 1 for 4 on the PP against the Warriors and (0/9) 100% on the PK.
- The Tigers’ Skills Competition brought to you by A&W will be Thursday, January 16th. Doors will open at 6 PM and the event will start at 7 PM. Entry to the event will be by donation to the local MS Society at the door.
- The Home Depot on the Bench contest is open. Enter your minor hockey team for a chance to practice with the Tigers online at http://www.homedepotonthebench.com
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.