The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers swept the Regina Pats in their season series after defeating the Pats 8-2 Friday at the Brandt Centre and 2-0 Saturday at the Canalta Centre. Veteran forward Brett Kemp scored four goals in Friday’s contest while veteran blueliner Dylan Plouffe had a four point (all assists) weekend. Tonight’s game against the Swift Current Broncos will be the second game of a five game homestand for the Tabbies. After tonight they will host the Calgary Hitmen Friday and the Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday and the Red Deer Rebels next Tuesday. The Orange and Black are 37-19-2-1 and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 87 points (35G, 52A).
Tigers vs. Broncos
The Tigers will host the Broncos tonight for their sixth meeting of the season. The Tabbies are 4-0-0-1 against the Broncos this year and leading the way is Captain James Hamblin with 11 points (4G, 7A) in five games played. After tonight’s game, these two Central Division Rivals will meet two more times during a home and home contest next weekend. Friday, March 13th they will meet in Swift Current before returning to Medicine Hat Saturday, March 14th. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 12-4-0-1 against the Broncos and 7-1-0-0 when playing at home.
View from Swift Current
The Swift Current Broncos were swept by the Moose Jaw Warriors in last weekend’s home and home series. Friday they fell 6-2 in Moose Jaw and Saturday they were defeated 4-2 at home. The Broncos are 10-45-1-3 this season and they are led by veteran forward D-Jay Jerome with 45 points. After tonight’s battle with the Tigers, the Broncos will travel to Edmonton Friday and Red Deer on Saturday.
Brett Kemp is a smooth skating, smart two way forward with a knack for scoring important goals. He has a deadly shot release but he is also a creative playmaker. The 19-year-old Yorkton product had his first four goal game of his WHL career February 28th vs the Regina Pats. In his WHL career, Kemp has suited up for 228 games, scored 83 goals and collected 96 assists for a total of 179 points. He is the Tigers’ second top point producer this season with 69 points (29G, 40A). Look for Kemp to make an impact on both ends of the ice in tonight’s game.
Captain James Hamblin is the Tigers top point producer this season with 87 points (35G, 52A). The 20-year-old Edmonton product is currently third in league scoring. Hamblin is a solid 200 foot player who protects his zone and takes care of his responsibilities. He is a smart, speedy centre with great playmaking skills and who is not afraid to light the lamp himself. Look for the Tigers Captain to lead his team by example in tonight’s battle.
- Ottawa Senators prospect Mads Søgaard was named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 1, 2020. Søgaard played in net for both games against the Regina Pats last weekend and posted a 2-0-0-0 record, 1.00 GAA and 0.947 SAV% while recording his fourth shutout of the season Saturday. The 19-year-old Aalborg, Denmark product is now tied with Mark Fitzpatrick in fourth in Tigers franchise history for most career shutouts with seven.
- The Tigers are (2/12) 16.4% on the power play against the Broncos and (0/13) 100% on the penalty kill.
- Twenty of the Tigers have picked up a point or more against the Swift Current Broncos this season, including rookie goaltender Garin Bjorklund who collected an assist on Jonathan Brinkman’s first career WHL goal September 28, 2019, when the Tabbies won 10-1.
- In his career as a Tiger, Captain James Hamblin has 21 points (9G, 12A) in 19 games played against the Swift Current Broncos.
- The Tigers will play their WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation Presented by RE/MAX game on Saturday, March 7th when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings.
- The next Never Waste A Ticket Night for Tigers Season Ticket Holders is March 10th when the Red Deer Rebels come to town.
- Tigers’ legendary play by play announcer Bob Ridley is set to call his 4,000th Tigers game on March 14th when the Tabbies host the Swift Current Broncos.
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.
CORE Association has been a part of the Medicine Hat community for over 65 years supporting those with developmental disabilities and delays through a variety of programs. CORE was initially established in 1954 by four students and their parents who wanted more for their children. Through years of dedicated hard work by parents, CORE employees and the community, CORE has remained a staple service provider.
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.