The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Swift Current Broncos 5-2 on Tuesday night at the Canalta Centre. Veteran forward Ryan Chyzowski scored his second career WHL hat trick in the contest while rookie goaltender Garin Bjorklund earned the win stopping 19 of 21 shots faced. Tonight the Tigers will host the Hitmen for the third game in a five game homestand. After tonight they will host the Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday and the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday. Medicine Hat is 38-19-2-1 and they are led by their Captain James Hamblin with 88 points (36G, 52A).
Tigers vs. Hitmen
The Tigers will host the Hitmen tonight at the Canalta Centre for their sixth and final meeting of the season. The Tabbies are 2-3-0-0 against the Hitmen this season with the home team winning each contest. Leading the way for the Orange and Black against the Hitmen are Captain James Hamblin with six points (3G, 3A) and veteran forward Ryan Chyzowski with five points (3G, 2A). Over the past five years, Medicine Hat is 12-9-2-0 against Calgary and 8-2-1-0 when playing at home.
View from Calgary
The Calgary Hitmen will finish off a three game road trip tonight in Medicine Hat. The Hitmen travelled to Prince Albert Tuesday where they fell 8-3 to the Raiders before defeating the Blades 4-3 Wednesday in Saskatoon. The line of Cael Zimmerman, Carson Focht and Kyle Olson has a combined total of 10 points (4G, 6A) on the road trip so far. The Hitmen are 35-22-4-1 this season and they are led by their Captain Mark Kastelic with 67 points (37G, 30A) in 56 games played. After tonight’s battle with the Tigers, the Hitmen will return home to host the Spokane Chiefs Saturday.
Jonathan Brinkman is a highly skilled forward who can make plays at high speeds. The 18-year-old Dane was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. In his career as a Tiger, Brinkman has 26 points (12G, 14A) in 53 games played. He has good energy and quickness along with great offensive instincts. Look for Brinkman to create offensive opportunities in tonight’s battle with the Hitmen.
Captain James Hamblin has set new career bests in all offensive categories while being the Tigers’ top scorer this season with 88 points (36G, 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 game.
- Ryan Chyzowski was named CHL Player of the Night on Tuesday after his three goal performance against the Swift Current Broncos.
- Lukas Svejkovsky and Captain James Hamblin are the only Tigers who currently have multi-game point streaks. Svejkovsky has five points (2G, 3A) in three games played while Hamblin has four points (1G, 3A) in three games played.
- Rookie forward Cole Sillinger has 50 points (19G, 30A) in 45 games played so far this season. The last time a Tigers rookie had 50 or more points in their rookie season was Tyler Pitlick in 2010-11. Pitlick played one season for the Tabbies during his 19 year old season where he scored 27 goals and collected 35 assists for 62 points in 56 games played.
- The Tigers’ power play is (5/20) 25% against the Hitmen and their penalty kill is (3/16) 81.3% in their series head to head.
- Ryan Chyzowski is the top man on the Tigers’ power play against the Hitmen with four points (3G, 1A)
- Carson Focht is the top man on the Hitmen’s power play against the Tigers with 3 points (1G, 2A).
- Four Tigers are sons of former WHL and NHL players
- Ryan Chyzowski is the son of Dave Chyzowski (Kamloops Blazers)
- Cole Sillinger is the son of Mike Sillinger (Regina Pats)
- Lukas Svejkovsky is the son of Jaroslav “Yogi” Svejkovsky (Tri-City Americans)
- Eric Van Impe is the son of Darren Van Impe (Prince Albert Raiders/ Red Deer Rebels)
- Shortly after the conclusion of tonight’s game, Corson Hopwo, Brett Kemp, Bryan Lockner, Caleb Willms and Nick McCarry will be signing autographs in front of the Tigers Souvenir Store.
- 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.
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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.