The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers collected four out of a possible six points last weekend. The Tigers swept the Swift Current Broncos in a home and home series Friday and Saturday before falling short to the Calgary Hitmen in a 2-0 Sunday afternoon tilt. After tonight’s contest the Tigers will return to the Canalta Centre for a five game homestand starting Saturday with the Red Deer Rebels.
Tigers vs. Pats
Tonight’s contest will be the first of four meetings between these two clubs this season. However, after tonight, they won’t meet again until February 11th, 2020. Their last battle was January 11, 2019, when the Tigers won 5-2. Medicine Hat is 7-5-0-0 against Regina over the past five years.
View from Regina
The Regina Pats have had a slow start to their season after losing their last three games. The Pats are led by overage forward Austin Pratt with 6 points (2G, 4A) in 4 games played. Regina is set to play three games in three days this weekend. After tonight’s tilt, they will travel to Prince Albert on Saturday and Moose Jaw on Sunday.
Rookie forward Cole Sillinger scored the team’s first goal of the 2019-20 season. The 16-year-old Regina product is a hard working, skilled power forward. Sillinger was drafted in the first round, 11th overall by the Tigers in 2018. He is ranked seventh among WHL rookies in scoring with 4 points (2G, 2A) in 5 games played. Look for Sillinger to make an impact in tonight’s game.
Captain James Hamblin is the Tigers top point producer with 5 points (2G, 3A) in 5 games played. The 20-year-old Edmonton native is a speedy, skilled two-way forward who leads the Tigers with tenacity and hard work. The 2014 first round bantam draft pick has played 266 games while scoring 81 goals and picking up 116 assists in his career with the Tigers.
- The Tigers’ penalty kill is (1/13) 92.3% effective and it is ranked the top penalty kill in the league.
- After joining the Orange and Black at trade deadline last season, Brett Kemp scored his first goal for the Tigers against the Pats on January 11th, 2019. Kemp had a two goal performance and earned first star of the night in the 5-2 Tabbies victory.
- Nine Tigers Alumni are listed on NHL opening day rosters: Darren Helm (Detroit Red Wings), Kris Russell (Edmonton Oilers), Dryden Hunt (Florida Panthers), Mason Shaw (Minnesota Wild – injured non-roster player), Tyler Ennis (Ottawa Senators), Clarke MacArthur (Ottawa Senators – long term injury reserve), Tyler Pitlick (Philidelphia Flyers – injured non-roster player), Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis Blues) and Tyler Lewington (Washington Capitals).
- The Medicine Hat Tigers will be wearing pink jerseys during their upcoming Pink in the Rink game Saturday, October 12th. The jerseys will be auctioned off in a silent auction during the game and all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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.