GAME DAY PREVIEW JANUARY 28 @ MOOSE JAW
LAST GAME 4-3 OTL Vs Swift Current Broncos: Despite getting out to a 3-1 lead heading to the 3rd period, the Tigers couldn’t hold off a third period push to the Broncos forcing overtime where Josh Davies would net the OTW just 1:29 into extra time. Pasha Bocharov, Dallon Melin & Andrew Basha would tally in the lost, while Beckett Langkow made 22 saves in the loss.
VS MOOSE JAW: It’s the final meeting of the season between the Tigers and Warriors with the Tigers holding a 2-0-0-1 record in the first three games of the season series with Moose Jaw. The most recent game on December 10th was a 6-3 triumph for the Tigers, Brenden Lee lead the way with 2 goals and an assist, Brayden Boehm & Dru Kreb Krebs also with multi point nights as Tigers Head Coach Willie Desjardins notched his 400th win behind the Tigers bench.
The top producers for the Tigers in the season series with Moose Jaw are Brayden Boehm (3g, 2a) and Oasiz Wiesblatt (1g, 2a) in three games played, while injured Tiger Brenden Lee has 6 points (3g, 3a) in all three games for the Orange & Black, while goaltender Beckett Langkow is 2-0-0-1 with a .907 SV% & 2.59 GAA.
Head to Head the Tigers sport a 59-37-8-1 record with 5 ties against the Warriors, while on the road Medicine Hat is 21-24-5-0 with three ties against Moose Jaw.
HEAD TO HEAD
Oct 29 @ MJ (4-3 L) Nov 11 @ MH (5-4 SOL)
Nov 6 @ MH (3-2 OTL) Nov 12 @ MJ (5-1 W)
Jan 14 @ MJ (6-2 L) Dec 10 @ MH (6-3 W)
Feb 5 @ MH (5-2 L) Jan 28 @ MJ
TALE OF THE TAPE
MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (18-21-6-1) 43pts
5TH in Central Division
10TH in Eastern Conference
PP – Overall 40/200 – 20.0% – Away 21/105 – 20.0%
Vs MJ 2/8 – 25.0% @ MJ 0/2 – 0.0%
PK – Overall 149/200 -74.5% – Away 80/111 -72.1%
Vs MJ 2/5 – 40.0% @ MJ 3/4 – 75.0%
MOOSE JAW WARRIORS (28-15-0-3) 59pts
3RD in Central Division
4TH in Eastern Conference
PP – Overall 45/172 – 26.2% – Home 24/90 – 26.7%
Vs MH 1/4 – 25.0% @ MH 3/5 – 60.0%
PK -Overall 126/156 -78.8% – Home 62/79 – 78.5%
Vs MH 2/2 – 100.0% @MH 6/8 – 75.0%
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 % – May .884%
GAA – Langkow (3.28)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
– Andrew Basha 45 GP: 10-28-38 PTS – Oasiz Wiesblatt 46 GP: 16-21-37 PTS
– Brayden Boehm 46 GP: 17-14-31 PTS – Dru Krebs 45 GP: 5-24-29 PTS
– Cayden Lindstrom 39 GP: 13-13-26 PTS (06 Born) – Dallon Melin 45 GP: 12-18-30 PTS
– Shane Smith 46 GP: 16-7-21 PTS
– Dru Krebs: 13 GP away from 200 GP – Andrew Basha: 8 GP away from 100 Career GP
– Owen MacNeil: 24 GP away from 200 Career GP – Bogdans Hodass: 8 GP from 100 Career GP
– Rhett Parsons: 21 GP from 150 Career GP – Oasiz Wiesblatt: 17 GP from 150 Career GP
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 121 points (30 goals, 91 assists)
The Chetwynd Kid: Tigers Centre Cayden Lindstrom is 8th in WHL Rookie scoring with 25 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 39 games played.
From Cessford with Love: Tigers Rookie Forward Shane Smith is 3rd 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,
BC – 5 – Smythe, Lindstrom *, Mrsic *, Boehm & May
Saskatchewan– 1 – Andresen
USA – 3 – Lee, Hanas & Bocharov Latvia – 1 – Hodass
PREVIOUS THREE GAMES NEXT THREE GAMES (all times MT/SD
Wed Jan 18 @ Swift Current Broncos (5-4 SOW) Sat Jan 28 Vs Moose Jaw Warriors (6pm)
Sat Jan 21 Vs Calgary Hitmen (7-1 W) Sun Jan 29 Vs Regina Pats (3pm)
Sun Jan 22 Vs Swift Current Broncos (4-3 OTL ) Sat Feb 4 Vs Lethbridge Hurricanes (6pm)