The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are in a must win situation as they fell 5-4 in game five Friday night at Rogers Place. After trailing 4-1 at the end of the first period of play, the Tabbies pushed back and came within one. Ryan Chyzowski had a three-point night (2G, 1A) in the losing contest and he is now the Tigers’ top point producer in the series with 6 points (3G, 3A). The Orange and Black trail the Oil Kings 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Quarter Final series.
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 have won the last two games in a row and they now have their first lead in the series. Their captain, Trey Fix-Wolansky scored his first pair of goals in the series on Friday night during game five. The Oil Kings are led by veteran forward Vince Loschiavo with 6 points (3G, 3A).
Ryan Chyzowski is a skilled forward with a nose for the puck who is not afraid to mix it up. Chyzowski is leading all Tigers in points in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals with 6 (3G, 3A) and he has now exceeded his point production from last year’s WHL playoffs. The 18-year-old Kamloops native has good awareness and positioning in all three zones. Look for Chyzowski to drive to the net and create scoring lanes in tonight’s contest.
Captain James Hamblin was the Tigers’ top point producer during the regular season with 77 points (33G, 44A) in 67 games played. He currently has 5 points (3G, 2A) in the playoffs and he is leading the league with the most shorthanded goals in the post season (2). The 19-year-old Edmonton product is an intelligent, hard working, two-way forward who leads his team by example. Look for Hamblin to make an impact in tonight’s game.
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.