The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-0 in the third game of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. Rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard stopped all 32 shots faced to earn his first shutout of the playoffs while the Tabbies had five different goal scorers in the game. The Orange and Black now lead the series 2-1 and they are led by Linus Nassen with 4 points (2G, 2A).
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
The Edmonton Oil Kings fell 5-0 in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. They are led by 2019 NHL Draft Eligible Josh Williams with 2 points (1G, 1A). After tonight’s battle, the Oil Kings will return home to Rogers Place to host the Tabbies for game five of the series on Friday night.
Hayden Ostir has consistently been one of the Tigers hardest working players throughout this series. The 19-year-old Winnipeg native has 2 goals in 3 games played. Ostir is a hard-nosed, tenacious forward with quick hands and great puck instincts. Look for Ostir along with linemates Cole Sillinger and Logan Christensen to make an impact in tonight’s tilt.
Captain James Hamblin was the Tigers top point producer all season with 77 points (33G, 44A) in 67 games. The 19-year-old Edmonton product has 3 points (2G, 1A) in this series and both of his goals have been shorthanded. Hamblin is a skilled, two-way forward in his fourth season with the Orange and Black. He brings energy and passion to the Tigers lineup as he leads the team by example 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.