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GAME DAY PREVIEW JANUARY 21 VS CALGARY

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LAST GAME 5-4 SOW @ Swift Current Broncos: For the first time in the season series against the Broncos, the Tigers found their way to victory thanks to a six round shootout. Shane Smith had Medicine Hat’s 8th shorthanded goal of the year while Brayden Boehm added a power play goal and Bogdans Hodass lead the lead with a pair of goals in the 2nd period to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead going to the third. Despite the Broncos coming back in third to force overtime. Andrew Basha, Tomas Mrsic and Brayden Boehm in the 6th round would seal things for the Tigers 17th win of the season Wednesday at the i-Plex.

VS CALGARY: It’s the 4th of 6 meetings between the Hitmen and Tigers in the 2022-23 WHL Season. The Hitmen took the first two games on November 4 & 26 with 5-1 and 5-2 victories. In the most recent match-up, the Tigers thanks to a Brenden Lee power play goal with 1:39 left to go in regulation would secure the Tigers first win against the Hitmen. Dru Krebs, Andrew Basha & Reid Andresen would all score while Beckett Langkow stood on his head for a 19 save third period for the win in goal.

Tigers defenceman Reid Andresen leads the team in scoring against Calgary this season with 3 points (1g,2A) in three games played, while Andrew Basha, Dru Krebs, Shane Smith & Dallon Melin have all registered two points against the Hitmen.

Head to Head since the 1996-97 WHL Season, the Tigers have a 79-77-9-5 record with 3 ties, while at home the Tigers are 44-34-4-3 with one tie in 86 games.

HEAD TO HEAD

2021-22                                                  2022-23

Nov 13 @ MH (4-2 L)               Nov 4   @ CGY (5-1 L)
Nov 14 @ CGY (4-3 OTL)        Nov 26 @ MH  (5-2 L)
Dec 28  @ CGY (3-1 L)             Dec 2    @ CGY (4-3 W)
Dec 30  @ MH  (3-2 L)             Jan 21  @ MH
Jan 2     @ CGY (4-2 L)            Mar 18 @ MH
Jan 29   @ MH  (6-5 L)            Mar 19 @ CGY
Mar 26  @ MH (2-0 L)
Mar 30 @ CGY (3-2 L)                                    


TALE OF THE TAPE

MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (17-21-5-1) 40pts                         CALGARY HITMEN  (22-14-3-1) 48pts                     

5TH   in Central Division
9TH    in Eastern Conference
                             
PP –  Overall 39/189 – 20.6%  – Home 18/84 – 21.4%
Vs CGY  0/6 – 0.0%                       @ CGY 1/12 – 8.3%
PK –  Overall 143/193 -74.1% – Home 63/176.8 -76.8%
Vs CGY  4/7 – 57.1%                      @ CGY 10/12 – 83.3%
CALGARY HITMEN  (22-14-3-1) 48pts 
3RD in Central Division
6TH  in Eastern Conference
PP –  Overall 29/175 – 16.6%  – Away 14/93 – 15.1%
Vs MH 2/8 – 25.0%               @ MH 3/7 – 42.8%
PK -Overall 133/197 -77.7% –   Home  81/111 – 73.0%
Vs MH 3/5 – 60.0%              @MH 6/6 – 100%

2022-23 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS

Goals –  Lee (20)                                             Assists – Basha (29)
Points – Basha & Lee (38)                             +/-  Basha (+12)
PIMS – Parsons & Wiesblatt (60)                 Wins – Langkow (15)
Shutouts – N/A                                                Save % – May .884%
GAA – Langkow (3.33)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

– Andrew Basha        43 GP: 9-29-38 PTS                     – Oasiz Wiesblatt     44 GP: 16-18-34 PTS
– Brayden Boehm     44 GP: 17-14-31 PTS                   – Dru Krebs               43 GP: 5-21-26 PTS
– Cayden Lindstrom 37 GP: 12-11-23 PTS (06 Born)  – Dallon Melin          43 GP: 11-16-27 PTS
– Shane Smith           44 GP: 14-7-21

MILESTONE WATCH

– Dru Krebs: 13 GP away from 200 GP                              – Andrew Basha: 9 GP away from 100 Career GP
– Owen MacNeil: 26 GP away from 200 Career GP        – Bogdans Hodass: 11 GP from 100 Career GP
– Rhett Parsons: 23 GP from 150 Career GP                     – Oasiz Wiesblatt: 19 GP from 150 Career GP
– Oasiz Wiesblat: 2 PTS away from 70 Career PTS           – Dallon Melin: 2 PTS away from 80 Career PTS

NEWS & NOTES

Latvian Leap: Second year defenceman Bogdans Hodass represented Team Lativa at the completed 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the second straight year. Hodass had 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists. As he returns to the Tigers line-up in 27 GP, Hodass has 4 goals & 11 assists for 15 points.

Defenders Attacking: The Tigers defence core of Kurtis Smythe, Rhett Parsons, Bogdans Hodass, Dru Krebs, Pasha Bocharov, Josh Van Mulligen & Reid Andresen have contributed to 113 points (26 goals, 87 assists)

The Chetwynd Kid: Tigers Centre Cayden Lindstrom is 10th in WHL Rookie scoring with 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games played.

From Cessford with Love: Tigers Rookie Forward Shane Smith is 5th in Rookie goal scoring with 13.

Man Down, No Problem: Going into tonight’s game against Swift Current, the Tigers are 6th in shorthanded goals for in the WHL with 8, (Smith x2, St. Martin, Bocharov, Boehm x2, MacNeil, Lee)

Mr. 400: Tigers Head Coach & Willie Desjardins notched his 400th win as a Head Coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers December 10th in a 6-3 win at home against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Desjardins record in his 13 seasons coaching in the WHL. Desjardins first win as Tigers Head Coach was a 4-3 win on September 24, 2002 against the Saskatoon Blades.

Silver Lining: Tigers forward Tomas Mrsic returns to the Tigers after taking home a silver medal at the World U17s in Langley, BC. Mrsic had one goal and one assists for Team Canada Red. Cayden Lindstrom also participated in the U17s as a member of Team White scoring two goals and two assists in the tournament.

MacNeil’s Navy: The Tigers announced their leadership group for the 2022-23 WHL Season, Owen MacNeil was named the 39th Captain in Tigers history, while Rhett Parsons, Dru Krebs, Tyler MacKenzie & Dallon Melin will all wear alternate captain’s A’s on their jerseys this season.

HOW THE TIGERS WERE BUILT

WHL Draft (11): Andresen, Parsons, Wiesblatt, MacKenzie, Krebs, St. Martin, Boehm, Van Mulligen, Mrsic, Lindstrom, Basha,

Trade (5): 
Bocharov, Lee, MacNeil, Smythe & May

CHL Import Draft (1): 
Hodass

Listed/Signed (2): Langkow, Hanas

Waivers (1): Melin

ROSTER AGE BREAKDOWN (* indicates rookie):

Alberta – 12 – Parsons, Wiesblatt, MacKenzie, Krebs, Langkow, St. Martin *, Smith *, Melin, Van Mulligen *, MacNeil, Basha,

BC – 5  Smythe, Lindstrom *, Mrsic *, Boehm & May

Saskatchewan– 1 – Andresen

Yukon-1–McKenna*

USA – 3 – Lee, Hanas & Bocharov        Latvia – 1 – Hodass

PREVIOUS THREE GAMES                                             NEXT THREE GAMES (all times MT/SD

Sat   Jan 14   @ Winnipeg Ice                     (8-3 L)         Sat  Jan 21   Vs Calgary Hitmen                 (7pm)
Tues Jan 17  Vs Prince George Cougars    (5-2 W)       Sun Jan 22   Vs Swift Current Broncos     (4pm)
Wed Jan 18  @ Swift Current Broncos     (5-4 SOW)   Sun Jan 22   Vs Moose Jaw Warriors       (6pm)

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