GAME DAY LINE-UP FULL GAME NOTES PACKAGE WHL MEDIA KIT
LAST GAME: 5-4 L @ Prince Albert Raiders: Despite taking a 2-0 lead at one point in their second game of the season against the Raiders thanks to goals from Shane Smith & Brenden Lee but the Raiders would slowly make their way back into the game Saturday night as Sloan Stanick & Evan Herman would tie things up heading to the 3rd. From there it was a seesaw affair between the Tigers and Raiders as Landon Kosior would give PA their first lead of the night but Tyler MacKenzie would help draw the game even before Stanick & Herman would go back to back in scoring before finally sealing a 5-4 win with a late Cayden Lindstrom goal with .1 seconds left on the clock.
VS EDMONTON: It’s the 1st of 6 meetings this season between the Tigers and Oil Kings in the 2022-23 WHL Season. The defending Ed Chynoweth Cup Champions were 7-0-0-1 over the Tigers, with Medicine Hat’s lone win coming in the shootout on October 9, 2021. Tigers Defenceman Dru Krebs lead the way among returning Tigers against the Oil Kings scoring one goal and three assists in 8 games, while notably for returning Oil Kings, goaltender Kolby Hay was 5-0 against Medicine Hat recording ,879 save percentage and 2.80 GAA.
Since 2007-08, the Head to Head match-up between Edmonton & Medicine Hat has the Tigers with a 56-36-3-2 record while the Tigers at home to the Oil Kings are 28-17-2 in 47 games played. Medicine Hat is 4-3 in overtime and 8-3 in shootouts against Edmonton
HEAD TO HEAD
Oct 9 @ MH (3-2 SOW) Nov 23 @ MH
Oct 23 @ EDM (5-4 L) Dec 6 @ EDM
Dec 3 @ EDM (6-2 L) Jan 6 @ EDM
Feb 2 @ EDM (6-2 L) Mar 3 @ MH
Mar 2 @ EDM (5-2 L) Mar 17 @ EDM
Mar 9 @ MH (7-3 L) Mar 22 @ MH
Apr 15 @ MH (3-0 L)
TALE OF THE TAPE
MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (6-10-4-1) 17pts
5TH in East Division
11TH in Eastern Conference
PP – Overall 22/97 – 22.7% – Home 11/52 – 21.1%
PK – Overall 80/103 – 77.7% – Home 41/50 – 82.0%
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (4-17-1) 9pts
6th in Central Division
12th in Eastern Division
PP – Overall 13/103 – 12.6% – Away 5/41 – 12.2%
PK – Overall 72/106 – 67.9% – Away 37/53 -66.1%
2022-23 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS
Goals – Lee (12) Assists – Basha (15)
Points – Basha (21) +/- – Parsons (+10)
PIMS – Parsons (39) Wins – Langkow (6)
Shutouts – N/A Save % – Langkow .888%
GAA – Langkow (3.17)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
– Andrew Basha 21 GP: 6-15-21 PTS – Oasiz Wiesblatt 21 GP: 8-9-17 PTS
– Brenden Lee 21 GP: 12-8- 20 PTS (8 PPG) – Brayden Boehm 21 GP: 8-5-13 PTS
– Tyler MacKenzie 21 GP: 8-4-12 PTS – Dru Krebs 19 GP: 1-10-11 PTS
– Reid Andresen 21 GP: 3-10-13 PTS
Reid Andresen – 5 Games away from 100 GP Andrew Basha – 1 games away from 70
Beckett Langkow – 2 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 9 points (7 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
Wed Nov 16 Vs Brandon Wheat Kings (6-1 W) Wed Nov 23 Vs Edmonton Oil Kings (7:00 pm)
Fri Nov 18 @ Saskatoon Blades (4-3 OTL) Fri Nov 25 @ Red Deer Rebels (7:00 pm)
Sat Nov 19 @ Prince Albert Raiders (5-4 L) Sat Nov 26 Vs Calgary Hitmen (7:00 pm)