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TIGERS vs HURRICANES PREVIEW

The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are looking to rebound, following three straight losses at the hands of the Edmonton Oil Kings, falling by scores of 3-0, 4-1 and 3-2. Washington Capitals Draft Pick Garin Bjorklund stopped 123 of the 133 shots fired his way by the high powered Oil Kings. Offensively the Tabbies were led by by overage defenceman Cole Clayton who had 1 Goal and 2 Assists, while Brett Kemp had two helpers.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes were pummeled 6-3 and 7-2 by the Calgary Hitmen in the first two meetings of this three game set, while the ‘Canes came out victorious in the final game of the series, beating the Hitmen 4-1. Logan Barlage and Alex Cotton led the charge for Lethbridge, each  registering two goals and two assists in the series. Carl Tetachuk got the nod for game one, but was pulled after surrendering four goals on 12 shots in the opening 10:52 of the affair. Rookie netminder Jared Picklyk came in in relief stopping 22 of 23 shots. It would be Picklyk that got chased in game two, after giving up 5 goals through two periods of play. Tetachuk bounced back in the final game of the series stopping 40 of 41 shots.

 

Tigers vs. Hurricanes
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between these two bitter rivals, with Medicine Hat taking the first three games of the season. The Tigers are 8-1-0-0 vs the Hurricanes in the last two seasons and hold the slight edge over 5 years with a record of 14-12-0-0. The Tigers currently sit second in the Central Division with 25 points, while the Hurricanes are in 4th with 18 points. The Tigers Powerplay is still well north of 40% this season sitting currently at 42.6% which is good enough for 1st in the WHL. The Hurricanes Powerplay is 27 of 94 (28.7%), while their Penalty Kill sits at 77.5%.

 

View from Lethbridge
The Lethbridge Hurricanes will be looking to build off the momentum they generated in their 4-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen. Justin Hall leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 26 points (12G, 14A), with Alex Cotton right on his tail with 24 points (7G, 17A). Veteran Logan Barlage is third in team scoring with seven goals and 12 helpers. Between the pipes Carl Tetachuk is currently sporting a 4.14 GAA and a 0.875 SV%, while Taber, AB product Bryan Thomson has a 4.75 GAA and a 0.867 SV%.

 

Tigers Talent
Medicine Hat Tigers overage defenceman and Alternate Captain Cole Clayton leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 28 (8G, 20A) points through 19 games. The Strathmore, AB product has been a rock defensively, as well as being a Powerplay QB with 18 of his 28 points coming on the man advantage. The 6’2″ right shot D man has taken major steps this season and is only two points shy of besting his career mark of 30 points…in 44 less games.

 

Captain’s Corner
Returning to the Tigers for his overage season is first year Captain, Ryan Chyzowski. Chyzowski, a former 1st round bantam draft pick has played his entire career for the Tigers appearing in 276 regular season games for the Orange and Black. The Kamloops, BC native is third in team scoring with eight goals and 15 assists through 19 games this season. Chyzowski crushed his career best totals in 2019-2020, notching 34 goals and adding in 35 helpers for 69 points. Chyzowski is a great 200 foot player with a very quick release and a great work ethic.

 

Quick Hits

  • Forward Lukas Svejkovksy was drafted in the 4th round of the 2020 NHL entry draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Goaltender Garin Bjorklund was selected in the 6th round of the 2020 NHL entry draft by the Washington Capitals.
  • Corson Hopwo recorded his first career WHL Hat Trick vs the Rebels on February 26, 2021
  • Cole Clayton recorded his first career WHL Hat Trick vs the Hitmen on March 12, 2021
  • Oasiz Wiesblatt scored his first career WHL Goal vs the Rebels on February 27, 2021
  • Brayden Boehm also scored his first career WHL goal vs the Rebels on February 27, 2021
  • Beckett Langow made his 1st career start and earned his 1st WHL victory on March 13, 2021
  • Oren Shtrom recoded his first career WHL Goal vs the Hurricanes with an OT marker on March 28, 2021
  • Oren Shtrom recorded his first career multi-goal game vs the Calgary Hitmen on April, 5.
  • Teague Patton scored his first career WHL goal on April 3rd vs the Calgary Hitmen.
  • Tyler MacKenzie scored his first career WHL goal on April 3rd vs the Calgary Hitmen.
  • Rhett Parsons scored his first career WHL goal on April 19th vs the Red Deer Rebels
  • GM & Head Coach Willie Desjardins is the all-time wins leader for the Medicine Hat Tigers with win #376 coming Sunday evening in Medicine Hat.

 

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 50 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 212 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.

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