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The Medicine Hat Tigers travelled to Saskatchewan for a two game road trip and they ended up splitting the weekend. Friday the Tigers fell 6-5 to the Saskatoon Blades before defeating the Prince Albert Raiders 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday. Brett Kemp scored the game winning goal in the shootout. The Tabbies are now 30-14-1-1 and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 72 points (28G, 44A). After tonight’s game against the Broncos, the Tigers will travel to Swift Current Friday for a rematch before returning home Saturday to host the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Tigers vs. Broncos

Tonight’s game between the Tigers and the Broncos will be the first game of a home and home series between these two clubs this week. After facing off tonight in Medicine Hat, they will meet Friday in Swift Current. The Tigers are 2-0-0-1 against the Broncos this season and Captain James Hamblin leads the Tigers in the series against the Broncos with 6 points (2G, 4A). Over the past five years, Medicine Hat is 10-4-0-1 against Swift Current and 6-1-0-0 when playing at home. After this week’s series, these two teams will meet three more times all in March.

View from Swift Current

The Swift Current Broncos played a home and home series with the Moose Jaw Warriors this past weekend with the visiting team winning both contests. Friday, the Broncos fell 5-2 at home before defeating the Warriors 6-3 in Moose Jaw. Veteran forward Jaxan Kaluski had a hat trick in Saturday’s game while veteran forward D-Jay Jerome had a four point (1G, 3A) weekend. The Broncos are 10-31-1-3 this season and they are led by Jerome with 37 points (16G, 21A). After tonight’s game in Medicine Hat, the Broncos will return home for a three game homestand starting Friday when they host the Tigers for the second game of this home and home series.

Tigers Talent

Corson Hopwo is a hardworking, skilled forward in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 18-year-old Duncan, BC product brings energy, speed, high hockey IQ and good footwork into every game. Hopwo has already set new career highs in all offensive categories with 32 points (11G, 21A). He also has eight points (2G, 6A) in the Tigers’ last four games. Hopwo along with linemates Captain James Hamblin and Lukas Svejkovsky have a combined total of 42 points (19G, 23A) in the Tigers’ 11 games played in January. Look for Hopwo to make an impact in tonight’s game.

Captain’s Corner

Captain James Hamblin has been the Tigers top scorer all season and he is currently tied as the top scorer in the league with 72 points. Hamblin is also tied in fourth in the league for goals with 28 and he is third in the league for assists with 44. The 20-year-old Edmonton product has already matched in career high in assists of 44 that he set last season. Hamblin is a skilled, speedy two way forward who can be relied on in any situation. The Tigers’ second year Captain leads his team by example with his hard work ethic and dedication.

Quick Hits

  • With their win on Saturday, the Tigers have now won 30 or more games in 39 of the team’s 50 year franchise history.
  • Danish Import players Mads Søgaard and Jonathan Brinkman each have a memorable first against Swift Current
    • Søgaard’s first career WHL shutout was against the Broncos Nov 17, 2018.
    • Brinkman’s first career WHL goal was against the Broncos Sep 28, 2019.
  • In their head to head series, the Tabbies’ power play is (2/10) 20% effective against the Broncos and their penalty kill is (0/6) 100%.
  • Two Tigers are in the top 10 in league scoring – Captain James Hamblin is tied for first with 72 points (28G, 44A) and veteran forward Brett Kemp is 10th with 57 points (22G, 35A).
  • Two Tigers are in the top 10 in league scoring for defencemen – Dylan Plouffe is tied in 8th with 34 points (8G, 26A) and Daniel Baker is tied in 10th with 33 points (11G, 22A).
  • Cole Sillinger is leading the league in rookie scoring with 46 points (18G, 28A).
  • The Tigers’ next Never Waste a Ticket night for season ticket holders is Feb 5th, 2020. Season ticket holders can exchange any unused tickets for extra tickets to the game that night.
  • The Tigers will be partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Southeast for a mental health awareness game Feb 5th, 2020.

Game Sponsor

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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.

The Medicine Hat Elks Lodge offers a unique opportunity to meet people, experience personal growth and get involved in our community. Elks members contribute through their membership dues, personal donations, volunteer time, participation in charity events and fundraising activities.

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.

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