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GAME DAY PREVIEW NOVEMBER 25 @ RED DEER

 

LAST GAME: 6-1 W Vs Edmonton Oil Kings: The Medicine Hat Tigers scored their second straight 6-1 victory at Co-op Place Wednesday night defeating the defending WHL Champions thanks to six different goal scorers including Oasiz Wiesblatt, Brenden Lee (PPG), Brayden Boehm, Reid Andresen, Pasha Bocharov & Tomas Mrsic. Beckett Langkow would make 25 saves for his 7th win of the season.

VS RED DEER: It’s the 2nd of 6 meetings this season between the Tigers. The opening match-up went down at Co-op Place October 21, the Tigers would take a 2-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to a pair of Cayden Lindstrom goals but Red Deer would respond with four straight thanks to Jayden Grubbe, Ben King, Matteo Fabrizi & Talon Brigley. Kyle Kelsey would make 19 saves for the win in the Rebels net.

The Tigers and Rebels faced each other 8 times in Central Division play last season, Medicine Hat recorded a record of 3-5 against Red Deer with a win at home January 30, 2022 and two road wins January 16, 2022 and December 11, 2021 in 4-3 shootout victory. Head to Head dating back to 1996-97, The Tigers have a record of in 169 GP: 85 wins, 71 losses, 5 overtime losses, 4 shootout losses and 4 ties. With a home record of 48-30-3-2 and 3 ties.

HEAD TO HEAD

2021-22                                                                        2022-23

Oct 8    @ RD   (4-2 L)                                          Oct 21  @ MH (4-2 L)
Dec 11 @ RD   (4-3 SOW)                                    Nov 25 @ RD
Jan 16  @ MH  (5-2 L)                                          Dec 7    @ RD
Jan 30  @ MH  (3-2 W)                                        Dec 16  @ MH
Mar 1   @ MH  (11-1 W)                                        Feb 18  @ MH
Mar 11 @ RD   (6-3 L)                                           Feb 20  @ RD
Mar 12 @ MH  (6-2 L)
Mar 25 @ RD   (3-0 L)                                                                                                    


TALE OF THE TAPE

MEDICINE HAT TIGERS (7-10-4-1) 19pts                                 

4TH   in East Division
8TH    in Eastern Conference
PP –  Overall 24/100 – 24.0% – Away  11/45 – 24.4%
Vs RD – 0/5 – 0%                          @ RD – 0/0
PK –  Overall 82/105 – 78.1% – Away  39/53 – 73.6%
Vs RD – 4/5 – 80%                        @ RD 0/0

 

RED DEER REBELS (16-4-0-2) 34pts
1st   in Central Division
2nd
 in Eastern Conferenc
PP – Overall 25/101 – 24.8% – Home 10/39 -25.6%
Vs MH – 0/0                        @MH – 1/4  – 25%
PK – Overall 89/108 – 82.4% – Home  31/36 -86.1%
Vs MH – 0/0                      @MH – 5/5 – 100%
 

2022-23 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS

Goals –  Lee (13)                                         Assists – Basha (18)
Points – Basha (21)                                   +/– – Parsons & Basha (+9)
PIMS – Parsons (39)                                 Wins – Langkow (7)
Shutouts – N/A                                          Save % – Langkow .892%
GAA – Langkow (3.05)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

– Andrew Basha    22 GP: 6-18-24 PTS                        – Oasiz Wiesblatt  22 GP: 9-10-19 PTS
– Brenden Lee       22 GP: 13-9-21 PTS (9 PPG)          – Brayden Boehm 22 GP: 9-6-15 PTS
– Tyler MacKenzie 22 GP: 8-7-15 PTS                          – Dru Krebs            21 GP: 1-10-11 PTS
– Reid Andresen     22 GP:4-10-14 PTS
– Shane Smith       22 GP: 7-2-9 PT (7 Goals on the Road)

MILESTONE WATCH

Reid Andresen – 4 games away from 100 GP         Andrew Basha – Playing in Career Game #70
Beckett Langkow – 1 game away from 50 GP        Dru Krebs – 5 points away from 60 in his career
Braydon Boehm – 5 points away from 70               Bogdans Hodass – Playing in career game #75
Dallon Melin – 3 games away from 210 career GP

HC/GM Willie Desjardins – 4 wins away from 400 as Tigers Head Coach

NEWS & NOTES

Melin Returns: Tigers F Dallon Melin makes his return to Red Deer for the 1st time since being a member of the Rebel for over 4 seasons where suited up in 187 games.

Defenders Attacking: The Tigers defence core of Rhett Parsons, Bogdans Hodass, Dru Krebs, Pasha Bocharov, Josh Van Mulligen, Reid Andresen & Josh Van Mulligen have contributed to 64 points (11 goals, 53 assists)

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 13th in WHL Rookie Scoring and 2nd in Rookie goals this season.

Go Shorty (You’re Shorthanded): Going into tonight’s game in Red Deer, the Tigers are 6th in shorthanded goals for in the WHL with 4, (Smith, St. Martin, Bocharov, Boehm)

Lee’s Laser: Coming into action tonight, Tigers forward Brenden Lee is tied for 1st in the Western Hockey League with 9 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 4 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 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)
Wed Nov 23 @ Edmonton Oil Kings      (6-1 W)       Sun Nov 27 Vs Prince Albert Raiders (4:00 pm)

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