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GAME 49 VS BRANDON

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After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Medicine Hat Tigers scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Swift Current Broncos 4-1 last night at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex. With last night’s win, the Tabbies swept the Broncos in a home and home series this week that saw the Tigers defeat the Broncos 7-0 at home Tuesday night. Medicine Hat is 32-14-1-1 this season and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 77 points (30G, 47A). After tonight’s game against Brandon, the Tabbies will host the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday before departing to Manitoba to play the Wheat Kings Friday and the Winnipeg ICE Saturday.

Tigers vs. Wheat Kings

Tonight’s contest will be the third meeting between the Tigers and the Wheat Kings this season. The Wheat Kings have won both previous meetings and the last time the Tabbies beat the Wheat Kings was 4-2 Mar 9, 2019, in Medicine Hat. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 6-5-3-0 against the Wheat Kings and 4-1-2-0 when playing at home. After tonight, Medicine Hat will travel to Brandon for a rematch and their final meeting of the season Friday, Feb 7th.

View from Brandon

The Brandon Wheat Kings will play the final game of a four game road trip tonight in Medicine Hat. The Wheat Kings fell to the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-2 and the Red Deer Rebels 5-4 before bouncing back to beat the Calgary Hitmen 4-0 last night. Vegas Golden Knights drafted goaltender Jiri Patera stopped all 37 shots faced in the contest against the Hitmen. The Wheat Kings are 26-19-2-2 and they are led by Colorado Avalanche drafted Luka Burzan with 51 points (29G, 22A). After tonight, the Wheat Kings will return home to host Medicine Hat next Friday.

Tigers Talent

Daniel Baker is a smart, two-way defenceman in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 18-year-old Edmonton native is a calm, collected player who takes care of his defensive responsibilities and who is not afraid to join the rush up the ice. Baker has already set new career bests in all offensive categories this season with 34 points (12G, 22A). He is 10th in the league for defenceman scoring and he is tied in third in the league for plus minus with a +34 rating.

Captain’s Corner

Captain James Hamblin has been the Tigers’ top point producer all season and he is currently first in the league in scoring with 77 points. He is tied in fourth in the league for goals with 30 and he is second in the league in assists with 47. The 20-year-old Edmonton product is a speedy, skilled two-way forward who leads his team by example. He is a fierce forechecker with great transitioning ability. Look for Hamblin to make an impact in tonight’s game.

Quick Hits

  • Fifteen Tigers picked up a point or more in their home and home series against the Broncos this week. Captain James Hamblin led the way with five points (2G, 3A) while linemates Corson Hopwo (2G, 2A) and Lukas Svejkovsky (1G, 3A) each collected four points.
  • Five Tigers have set new career bests in all offensive categories already this season.
    • Daniel Baker with 34 points (12G, 22A)
    • Parker Gavlas with 14 points (2G, 12A)
    • Corson Hopwo with 36 points (13G, 23A)
    • Eric Van Impe with 15 points (4G, 11A)
    • Nick McCarry with 17 points (9G, 8A)
  • Two Tigers are in the top 10 in league scoring. Captain James Hamblin is first with 77 points (30G, 47A) and Brett Kemp is ninth with 59 points (22G, 37A).
  • 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.

Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation is a local non-profit group that provides sport & rec opportunities for people with and without disabilities. Some of their sports include sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball and children’s summer camps. They are a volunteer run organization and depend on donations, fundraisers and grants to provide sports opportunities for people of all abilities.

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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