The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers won the first game of the series 2-1 Saturday night in Edmonton. James Hamblin and Hayden Ostir scored for the Tigers while rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard turned aside 49 of 50 shots faced. After tonight’s battle, the Tabbies will host the Oil Kings Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Canalta Centre for games three and four. Both games will start at 7 PM.
Tigers vs. Oil Kings
During the 2018-19 season, the Tigers posted a 1-3-2-0 record against the Oil Kings. The Tabbies’ lone victory was January 16th, 2019, when they won 4-3 in a shootout. These two Central Division Rivals have had a few recent postseason battles. They met in the 2016 Tie Breaker game with the Oil Kings winning 6-4 and the last time they faceoff in a playoff series was the Conference Final in 2014. The Oil Kings won the series 4-1 and they went on to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup that year.
View from Edmonton
Despite firing 50 shots on net, the Edmonton Oil Kings fell 2-1 to the Medicine Tigers in the first game of their series last night. NHL Draft Eligible forward Josh Williams scored late in the game to get the Oil Kings on the scoresheet.
Mads Sogaard is the 6’7 Danish goaltender in his first season with the Tigers. The 17-year-old Aalborg, Denmark native has quick lateral movement, is incredibly patient and calm in net. He has great positioning and rebound control. Sogaard was drafted by the Tigers in the 2018 CHL Import Draft and he is the first import goaltender to play in Orange and Black since Marek Langhamer who was drafted in 2012. Søgaard is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft and he was ranked third amongst North American goalies in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Report.
Captain James Hamblin was the Tigers’ top point producer during the regular season with 77 points (33G, 44A) in 67 games played. The 19-year-old Edmonton product opened the scoring for the series Saturday night by scoring a shorthanded goal early in the second stanza. Hamblin is a speedy, two-way forward who sees both sides of the puck well. The Tigers’ Captain will look to lead his team by example throughout the series with his hard work ethic.
The following Tigers set new career highs in goals and assists
- James Hamblin (33G, 44A)
- Ryan Jevne (32G, 36A)
- Brett Kemp (33G, 27A)
- Trevor Longo (5G, 8A)
- Tyler Preziuso (21G, 29A)
- Linus Nassen (7G, 39A)
- Cole Clayton (4G, 16A)
Ryan Chyzowski set new career highs in goals (27) and points (55)
Elijah Brown set new career highs in goals (11) and points (26)
Baxter Anderson set new career highs in goals (4) and points (7)
Hayden Ostir set a new career high in goals (11)
Bryan Lockner set a new career high in assists (17)
New Kids on the Block
Logan Christensen joined the Tigers October 25, 2018, and he scored his first goal as a Tiger Oct 26, 2018, vs Regina. Christensen scored 7 goals and picked up 15 assists in 67 games played this season. Out of those 22 points, he scored 6 games and picked up 13 assists in 54 games with the Orange and Black.
Brett Kemp became a Tiger at the trade deadline and he scored his first goal for his new team Jan 11, 2019, vs Regina. Kemp scored 33 goals and picked up 27 assists this season in 64 games. In the 24 games as a Tiger, Kemp netted 11 goals and picked up 10 assists.
Our Tigers Rookies contributed to the success of the season putting up a combined total of 15 goals and 36 assists during the regular season.
Corson Hopwo (6G, 11A)
Daniel Baker (2G, 15A)
Nick McCarry (3G, 3A)
Eric Van Impe (2G, 4A)
Jaxon Steele (2G, 3A)
Protecting the Paint
During the regular season:
Mads Søgaard had 19-8-2-2 record with a 2.64 GAA and a .921 SV%
Jordan Hollett sported a 14-19-2-0 record with a 3.50 GAA and a .895 SV%
About the Medicine Hat Tigers
The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) who play out of Medicine Hat, AB and were established in 1970. In 48 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 210 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.