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The Medicine Hat Tigers extended their winning streak to four games by defeating the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-2 Saturday night at the Canalta Centre. Captain James Hamblin had a four goal night including a natural hat trick in the first period. The Tigers are 29-12-1-1 and they are led by Hamblin with 68 points (27G, 41A). This afternoon the Orange and Black will take on the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rogers Place.
Tigers vs. Oil Kings
This afternoon will be the fourth meeting between these two Central Division rivals this season. In their last contest, the Oil Kings won 7-1 December 14th. The Tigers are 1-2-0-0 against the Oil Kings this season. Over the past five years, Medicine Hat is 14-5-2-0 against Edmonton and 6-4-0-0 when playing at Rogers Place. Captain James Hamblin is the Tabbies’ leading scorer against the Oil Kings with 5 points (2G, 3A) in 3 games played. After today, the Tigers and the Oil Kings will meet two more times this season, Feb 15th in Edmonton and March 7th in Medicine Hat.
View from Edmonton
The Edmonton Oil Kings hosted the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night and fell 2-1 in overtime. The Oil Kings are 29-7-6-3 and they are led by veteran forward Riley Sawchuk with 52 points (16G, 36A). After this afternoon’s battle with the Tigers, the Oil Kings will travel to Saskatchewan to take on the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday, the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday and the Saskatoon Blades Saturday.
Dylan Plouffe is a veteran defenceman acquired by the Tigers in early December. “Dylan is a very talented defender who skates well, thinks the game at a high level and has a great shot. He has the offensive ability to run our power play and also takes pride in his defensive game, which allows him to shut down other teams’ top lines. Dylan has been a great addition to our backend and has added great leadership as well,” said Assistant Coach Joe Frazer
Captain James Hamblin is third in the league for scoring with 68 points, he is tied in fourth in the league for goals with 27 and he is third in the league for assists with 41. The 20-year-old Edmonton product is a wily veteran who leads his team by example with his hard work and dedication. Look for Hamblin to make an impact on both ends of the ice tonight.
- Cole Sillinger is leading the league in rookie scoring with 46 points (18G, 28A) in 38 games. The 16-year-old Regina forward has nine points (6G, 3A) in his last six games played.
- Captain James Hamblin is on a multi game point streak with 25 points (10G, 15A) in 14 games.
- Brett Kemp is also on a multi game point streak with 17 points (7G, 10) in 10 games.
- The Tigers’ power play is top of the league with (29/176) 27.8% effectiveness.
- Ryan Chyzowski is leading the league in power play goals with 12.
- Cole Sillinger is tied in fourth in the league for most power play assists with 17.
- Four Tigers have recorded a hat trick this season.
- James Hamblin recorded his first career hat trick Nov 2 vs VIC and he recorded his second Saturday night against LET
- Cyle McNabb recorded his first career hat trick Dec 10 vs SAS
- Brett Kemp recorded his second career hat trick Dec 11 vs PA. His first career hat trick was during the 2018-19 season against the Red Deer Rebels (Mar 13/19)
- Ryan Chyzowski scored his first career hat trick Dec 11 vs PA
- Two Tigers are in the top 5 in league scoring, James Hamblin is tied in third with 68 points (27G, 41A) and Brett Kemp is fifth with 57 points (22G, 35A).
- Cole Clayton, Dylan Plouffe and Parker Gavlas will be the Real Canadian Superstore in Medicine Hat on Jan 21, 2020, at 6 PM for a player appearance.
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.