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GAME DAY PREVIEW JANUARY 22 VS SWIFT CURRENT

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LAST GAME 7-1 W @ Calgary Hitmen: Shane Smith lead the way for his 15th and 16th goals of the season while multi point efforts from Cayden Lindstrom, Owen MacNeil, Dru Krebs, Brett Calhoon and goals from Pasha Bocharov, Hunter St. Martin, Lindstrom, Kurtis Smythe & Josh Van Mulligen helped paved the way for the Tigers third straight win and second in the seasons series against Calgary 7-1. Beckett Langkow turned aside 29 Hitmen shots on route to his 16th win on the campaign.

VS SWIFT CURRENT: This afternoon’s match-up is the 5th meeting of the 2022-23 WHL Season against the Broncos and Tigers, along with the 5th meeting in January. Medicine Hat holds a 1-2-1 record against Swift Current. Including a 5-4 shootout victory over the Broncos, Wednesday, January 18.

Dallon Melin, Andrew Basha & Dru Krebs all have four point in the season series thus far, While Brayden Boehm has three goals and the shootout winner from Wednesday’s win

All-time between the Tigers and Broncos has Medicine Hat sporting a 72-62-6-1 record with two ties going back to the 1996-97 WHL Season, while at home against Swift Current, Medicine Hat is 43-22-3-0 with one tie in 70 GP

 

HEAD TO HEAD

 

2021-2022                                            2022-23

Oct 1 @ SC   (2-0 L)                           Dec 28 @ MH – PPD to Jan 22
Oct 2  @ MH (3-2 L)                         Dec 31 @ SC (4-3 OTL)
Oct 19 @ MH (5-4 OTW)                 Jan 7    @ MH (6-4 L)
Nov 5  @ SC (3-2 L)                          Jan 10  @ SC (3-1 L)
Feb 18 @ SC (7-2 L)                         Jan 18  @ SC (5-4 SOW)
Mar 5 @ MH (2-0 W)                      Feb 28  @ MH
Mar 18 @ SC (5-1 L)                        Mar 24 @ SC
Mar 19 @ MH (2-0 L)                     Mar 25 @ MH

 


TALE OF THE TAPE

MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (18-21-5-1) 42pts          SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS (21-18-0-2) 44pts                     

5TH   in Central Division                                                     4TH in Central Division
9TH    in Eastern Conference                                             8TH  in Eastern Conference
                             
PP –  Overall 40/194 – 20.6%  – Home 19/89 – 21.3%   PP –  Overall 35/160 – 21.9%  – Away 16/61 – 26.2%
Vs SC  0/4 – 0%                            @ SC 3/11 – 27.2%            Vs MH 4/13 – 30.7%                 @ MH 1/4 – 25.0%

       PK –  Overall 147/197 -74.6% – Home 67/86 -77.9% PK -Overall 161/208 -77.4% –   Away  74/89 – 83.1%
Vs SC  3/4 – 75%                        @ SC 11/14 – 78.5%              Vs MH 8/11 – 72.7%                    @MH 4/4 – 100%

2022-23 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS

Goals –  Lee (20)                                             Assists – Basha (28)
Points – Basha & Lee (38)                             +/-  Basha (+12)
PIMS – Parsons & Wiesblatt (60)                 Wins – Langkow (16)
Shutouts – N/A                                                Save % – Langkow & May .884%
GAA – Langkow (3.26)

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

– Andrew Basha        44 GP: 9-29-38 PTS                     – Oasiz Wiesblatt     45 GP: 16-19-35 PTS
– Brayden Boehm     45 GP: 17-14-31 PTS                   – Dru Krebs               44 GP: 5-23-28 PTS
– Cayden Lindstrom 38 GP: 13-12-25 PTS (06 Born)  – Dallon Melin          44 GP: 11-18-29 PTS
– Shane Smith           45 GP: 16-7-21

 

MILESTONE WATCH

 

– Dru Krebs: 14 GP away from 200 GP                              – Andrew Basha: 9 GP away from 100 Career GP
– Owen MacNeil: 25 GP away from 200 Career GP        – Bogdans Hodass: 9 GP from 100 Career GP
– Rhett Parsons: 22 GP from 150 Career GP                     – Oasiz Wiesblatt: 18 GP from 150 Career GP
– Oasiz Wiesblat: 1 PTS away from 70 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 7 goals & 13 assists for 20 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 119 points (29 goals, 90 assists)

The Chetwynd Kid: Tigers Centre Cayden Lindstrom is 8th in WHL Rookie scoring with 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 38 games played.

From Cessford with Love: Tigers Rookie Forward Shane Smith is 5th in Rookie goal scoring with 16.

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, Calhoon,

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

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)  Sat Jan 28    @ Moose Jaw Warriors        (6pm)
Sat  Jan 21   Vs Calgary Hitmen                 (7-1 W)       Sun Jan 29   @ Regina Pats                        (3pm)

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