GAME DAY PREVIEW NOVEMBER 19 @ PRINCE ALBERT
RAIDERS RECORD: 7-12-2 TIGERS RECORD: 6-9-4-1
LAST GAME: 4-3 OTL @ Saskatoon Blades: The Medicine Hat Tigers managed to get their 6th point in four games Friday night against the 9th ranked team in the CHL in Saskatoon. Andrew Basha opened the scoring for the Tigers, while the Blades would take two different leads and the Tigers would the tie the game twice thanks to Brayden Boehm & Brenden Lee and force overtime but Egor Sidorov would score 1:11 into overtime to give the Blades the 4-3 OTW.
VS PRINCE ALBERT: It’s the 2nd meeting of the season between the Tigers and the Raiders, the Raiders won the opening match-up in Medicine Hat November 8th 3-1 thanks to goals from Sloan Stanick, Hayden Pakkala & Carson Latimer, while Tikhon Chaika would steal the show making 32 saves in the win while Tyler MacKenzie would score for the Tigers in the loss.
Since 1996-97 the Head to Head match-up between Prince Albert & Medicine Hat has the Tigers with a 54-39-7-2 and two ties while the Tigers on the road the Tigers 22-22-3-2 with two ties.
HEAD TO HEAD
Oct 16 @ PA (3-2 SOL) Nov 8 @ MH (3-1 L)
Oct 22 @ MH (6-2 W) Nov 19 @ PA
Jan 22 @ PA (6-4 W) Nov 27 @ MH
Feb 21 @ MH (4-1 L) Dec 14 @ PA
TALE OF THE TAPE
PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS (7-12-2) 16pts
5th in East Division
10th in Eastern Conference
PP – Overall 22/97 – 22.7% – Home 15/35 – 33.3%
PK – Overall 64/82 – 78.0% – Home 41/54 – 75.9%
MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (6-9-4-1) 17pts
5th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Division
PP – Overall 21/93 – 22.6% – Away 10/41 – 24.4%
PK – Overall 71/92 – 77.2% – Away 28/39 71.8%
2022-23 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS
Goals – Lee (11) Assists – Basha (13)
Points – Basha, Lee (19) +/- – Parsons (+12)
PIMS – Parsons (37) Wins – Langkow (6)
Shutouts – N/A Save % – May .897%
GAA – May (3.06)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
– Andrew Basha 20 GP: 6-13-19 PTS – Oasiz Wiesblatt 20 GP: 8-9-17 PTS
– Brenden Lee 20 GP: 11-8- 19 PTS (8 PPG) – Brayden Boehm 20 GP: 8-5-13 PTS
– Dru Krebs 19 GP: 1-10-11 PTS – Tyler MacKenzie 20 GP: 7-4-11 PTS
Reid Andresen – 6 Games away from 100 GP Andrew Basha – 2 games away from 70
Beckett Langkow – 3 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.
Smith, Shane Smith: Tigers Rookie Forward Shane Smith, leads all Tiger rookies in scoring 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 8 power play goals but also is 1st in the entire Canadian Hockey League.
OT Woes: The Medicine Hat Tigers are 0-4 when it comes to overtime games this season, falling 4-3 to Saskatoon most recently Friday, while the Tigers have also not won in a shootout as they fell 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
Sat Nov 12 Vs 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)
Wed Nov 18 @ Saskatoon Blades (4-3 OTL) Fri Nov 25 @ Red Deer Rebels (7:00 pm)