BLADES RECORD: 14-4-0 TIGERS RECORD: 6-9-3-1
LAST GAME: 6-1 W Vs Brandon Wheat Kings: The Tigers improved their record to 2-0 against the Brandon Wheat Kings this season with a 6-1 win at Co-op Place on Wednesday night. Hunter St. Martin opened the scoring in the first while Brenden Lee would score his team leading 9th and 10th goals of the season through the first two periods. The Tigers put things away early in the first 3:21 of the third thanks to goals from Tomas Mrsic, Owen MacNeil & Dru Krebs to secure the Tigers first back to back wins scenario of the 2022-23 season.
VS SASKATOON: It’s the 2nd meeting of the season between the Tigers and the Blades with the first meeting happening at Co-op Place with Saskatoon winning 2-1 on October 28.. Tyler Parr would score back to back power play goals in the third period to lead the way for Saskatoon while Tyler Mackenzie would answer for Medicine Hat. Blades goaltender Austin Elliot would make 28 saves in the win while Tigers goaltender Evan May would 29 stops in the loss.
Head to Head since 1996-97, the Tigers have a 51-41-8-3 record along with a tie and a 24-20-5-2 record in Saskatoon including the one tie in the their record.
HEAD TO HEAD
Oct 15 @ SAS (4-0 L) Oct 28 @ MH (2-1 L)
Oct 30 @ MH (4-2 L) Nov 18 @ SAS
Jan 21 @ SAS (9-2 L) Dec 3 @ MH
Apr 5 @ MH (4-0 L) Dec 13 @ SAS
TALE OF THE TAPE
SASKATOON BLADES (14-4-0) 28pts
2nd in East Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
PP – Overall 20/77 – 26.0% – Home 11/35 – 31.4%
PK – Overall 62/71 – 87.3% – Home 31/35 – 88.6%
MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (6-9-3-1) 16pts
5th in Central Division
11th in Eastern Division
PP – Overall 20/88 – 22. 7% – Away 9/36 25.0%
PK – Overall 69/89 – 77.5% – Away 28/39 71.8%
2022-23 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS
Goals – Lee (10) Assists – Basha (13)
Points – Basha (18) +/- – Parsons (+13)
PIMS – Bocharov (30) Wins – Langkow (6)
Shutouts – N/A Save % – May .897%
GAA – May (3.06)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
– Andrew Basha 19 GP: 5-13-18 PTS – Oasiz Wiesblatt 19 GP: 8-8-16 PTS
– Brenden Lee 19 GP: 10-7- 17 PTS (7 PPG) – Brayden Boehm 19 GP: 7-5-12 PTS
– Pasha Bocharov 19 GP: 4-7-11 PTS – Dru Krebs 18 GP: 1-10-11 PTS
Brayden Boehm – Playing in Career Game #100 Tyler MacKenzie – Playing in Career Game #90
Reid Andresen – 7 Games away from 100 GP Andrew Basha – 3 games away from 70 GP
Beckett Langkow – 4 games away from 50 GP
HC/GM Willie Desjardins – 5 wins away from 400 as Tigers Head Coach
NEWS & NOTES
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.
Gotta Be PK: Entering tonight’s game against Brandon the Tigers are tied for 4th in the WHL for shorthanded goals scored with 4. One of them coming against the Wheat King October 21 courtesy of Pasha Bocharov.
Smith, Shane Smith: Tigers Rookie Forward Shane Smith, leads all Tiger rookies in scor ing with 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists), while the Cessford, AB product is 9th in WHL Rookie Scoring and 2nd in Rookie goals this season.
Go Shorty (You’re Shorthanded): Coming into action tonight rookie forwards Shane Smith & Hunter St. Martin are tied for the WHL lead in shorthanded points with 2 each (1g 1a).
Lee’s Laser: Coming into action tonight, Tigers forward Brenden Lee is tied for 1st in the Western Hockey League with 7 power play goals but also is 2nd in the entire Canadian Hockey League.
OT Woes: The Medicine Hat Tigers are 0-3 when it comes to overtime games this season, dropping two straight to Victoria & Vancouver on Oct 29 & Nov 1 while losing in a shootout to Moose Jaw Nov 11.
Behind the Bench: This is Tigers Head Coach Willie Desjardins’ 11th season coaching the Tigers in two different tenures and is just 5 wins away from 400 while coaching the Orange & Black.
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 (10): Andresen, Parsons, Shtrom, Wiesblatt, MacKenzie, Krebs, St. Martin, Boehm, Van Mulligen, Mrsic, Lindstrom, Basha, McKenna
Trade (5): Bocharov, Lee, MacNeil, Smythe & May
CHL Import Draft (1): Hodass (18)
Listed/Signed (2): Langkow, Hanas
Waivers (1): Melin
ROSTER AGE BREAKDOWN (* indicates rookie):
Alberta – 11 – Parsons, Wiesblatt, MacKenzie, Krebs, Langkow, St. Martin *, Smith *, Melin, Van Mulligen *, MacNeil, Basha
BC – 5 – Smythe, Lindstrom *, Mrsic *, Boehm & May
Saskatchewan – 1 – Andresen
Yukon – McKenna *
USA – 2 – Hanas, Bocharov Latvia – 1 – Hodass
PREVIOUS THREE GAMES NEXT THREE GAMES (all times MT/SD
Fri Nov 11 – Vs Moose Jaw Warriors (5-4 SOL Fri Nov 18 @ Saskatoon Blades (6:00 pm)
Sat Nov 12 @ Moose Jaw Warriors (5-1 W)) Sat Nov 19 @ Prince Albert Raiders (6:00 pm)
Wed Nov 16 Vs Brandon Wheat Kings (6-1 W) Wed Nov 23 Vs Edmonton Oil Kings (7:00 pm)