The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers opened this home and home series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes by paying a visit to the Enmax Centre last night and they fell 6-3. Baxter Anderson played in his 100th career WHL game while rookie forward Corson Hopwo had the first two-goal game of his WHL career. Hopwo earned the third star of the night for his hard work. The Orange and Black are 31-23-3-2 and they are led by veteran forward James Hamblin with 68 points (32G, 36A).
Tigers vs. Hurricanes
This weekend’s home and home series between Highway Three Rivals, the Tigers and the Hurricanes is the third time this season they have played each other back to back. Last night’s game in Lethbridge was the seventh meeting of the two rivals and the Hurricanes won 6-3. Medicine Hat is 3-4-0-0 against Lethbridge this season and these two clubs will meet twice more in March after this weekend.
View from Lethbridge
Last night the Lethbridge Hurricanes hosted the Tigers during their RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation night. The Hurricanes wore their special jerseys and defeated the Tigers 6-3. Lethbridge is 4-1-1-1 against Medicine Hat this season and both Jordy Bellerive and Dylan Cozens have 10 points (5G and 5A each) in 7 games played against their Central Division rivals.
Hayden Ostir returned to the Tigers’ lineup after suffering a lower-body injury in early January. Ostir did not miss a step and looked dangerous for the Tabbies while he picked up an assist on Corson Hopwo’s first goal of the night. The 19-year-old Winnipeg, MB forward now has 3 assists in the last 3 games he has played. Ostir is fearless with quick hands and great puck instincts. Look for Ostir to crash the net and create scoring opportunities in tonight’s battle.
Captain James Hamblin has been the Tigers’ top point producer all season while setting new career highs in goals (32) and points (68). Hamblin is tied with Linus Nassen for most assists on the team (36) and he is only 7 assists away from matching his career high of 43 set last season. The 19-year-old Edmonton product is a speedy, hard-working, two-way forward who leads his team by example.
- Mads Søgaard has been ranked 3rd among North American goalies in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- Brett Kemp has been ranked 156th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- Cole Clayton, Brett Kemp, Corson Hopwo, Nick McCarry and Daniel Baker will be available on the main concourse in front of the Tigers Souvenir Store to sign autographs after tonight’s game.
- The Medicine Hat Tigers will play their RE/MAX Presents: the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry game on March 9th when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings.
- Three Tigers prospects played in the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Cole Sillinger and Aston Ferster played for Team Saskatchewan while Aidan Brook played for Team Manitoba.
- Team Saskatchewan finished the tournament in fourth place after falling to Team Alberta in the Bronze Medal game. Bobby Fox, Director of Player Personnel for the Tigers, was the head coach of Team Alberta.
- Team Manitoba finished the tournament in fifth place.
The Home Depot opened its doors in Canada in 1994 and caters to do-it-yourselfers, as well as home improvement, construction and building maintenance professionals. Don’t forget to purchase a team puck, signed by Tigers players from the Home Depot table located on the concourse. The lucky fan who purchases the one ‘Mystery Puck’ signed in gold sharpie will go home with a $100 gift card to the Home Depot. All funds raised will be donated to the McMan Youth Family and Community Services Association, through the Home Depot Canada Foundation.
Hut 8 Community Corner
Hut 8 Mining Company is a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company established through an exclusive partnership with the Bitfury Group, the world’s leading full-service blockchain technology company that recently opened in Medicine Hat.
HALO Rescue offers the only dedicated medivac helicopter for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. The availability of the helicopter improves response time to trauma victims in remote or inaccessible areas and increases their coverage for delivering quality medical care.
The Medicine Hat Tigers are excited to introduce Family Packs this season! Two adult tickets and two children tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 pops for $69.95. Family packs can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or in person at the box office.
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 48 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 210 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.