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VS BRANDON – This is the third of four meetings between the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Medicine Hat Tigers this season. So far the series has been split with each team winning in regulation at home. Over the course of the two games, the Tigers have outscored the Wheat Kings 9-6 while outshooting them 70-59. Linden Vey (2G,3A) leads the Tigers with five points and a number of players sit second with 3 points each. Goaltenders Tyler Bunz and Deven Dubyk have split the games so far this year. Bunz (0-1-0-0) allowed 5 goals (5.00 G.A.A) on 36 shots (86.1 Save %) in a 5-2 loss in Brandon. Dubyk (1-0-0-0) saved all but one (1.00 G.A.A) of Brandon’s 23 shots (95.7 Save %) in a 7-1 Tigers home victory. On the power play, the Tigers went 2 for 8 (25.0%), while killing off 5 of 9 penalties (55.6%)
VS EAST DIVISION: So far this season, the Tigers are 11-3-1-0.
LAST GAME: On Wednesday night, the Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 in Prince Alberta. Kellan Tochkin, Kale Kessy, and Linden Vey each scored a goal for the Tigers. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (24-10-2-0) saved 35 of 37 shots for the win.
2010-11 WHL RANKINGS: Record (31-15-2-0). Central Div. – 2nd. Eastern Con. – 3rd. HOME (14-7-1-0). AWAY (17-8-1-0).
CANADA GAMES: Three Medicine Hat Tigers recent draft picks will participate in the upcoming 2011 Canada Games in Halifax. Cole Sanford (BC U-16), Gavin Broadhead (NWT U-16) and Spencer Jensen (AB U-16) will all participate at the event taking place Feb. 11-27, 2011.
STREAKS: Linden Vey (8G,14A) is currently riding an impressive nine game point streaks. Emerson Etem (6G,5A) and Hunter Shinkaruk (3G,6A) have also been on hot streaks recording points in eight and six straight games, respectively. Goaltender Tyler Bunz is 7-3-0-0 in his last 10 start.
MILESTONES: Linden Vey recently surpassed Henry Kuster (148 assists) for 17th all-time on the Tigers career assist leaders by recording his 149th career assist. With 246 career points, Vey has tied Stefan Meyer for 20th on the all-time Tiger scoring leaders. Goaltender Tyler Bunz recently recorded his 62nd career win with the Tigers to tie Paxton Schafer on the all-time win list. Bunz is only four wins away from tying Tigers great Kelly Hrudey (69).
TIGERS ROSTER MAKEUP: The Tigers currently have 23 players on the roster – 2 Goaltenders, 9 Defenceman and 13 forwards, including 7 rookies.
AGE BREAKDOWN: 3 – 20 year olds, 8 – 19 year olds, 6 – 18 year olds, 6 – 17 year olds, and 1 – 16 year old.
2010-11 CLUB LEADERS:
- Goals (33) Linden Vey
- Assists (49) Linden Vey
- Points (82) Linden Vey
- PIM (116) Cole Grbavac
- Plus/Minus (+27) Linden Vey
- Wins (24) Tyler Bunz
NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Linden Vey (L.A. Kings), Sebastian Owuya (Atlanta Thrashers), Kellan Tochkin (Vancouver Canucks), Jace Coyle (Dallas Stars), Alex Theriau (Dallas Stars), Tyler Bunz (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Pitlick (Edmonton Oilers) and Emerson Etem (Anaheim Ducks).
PP: (45/221) – (20.4%) PK: (190/231) – (82.3%)