AGAINST THE OIL KINGS: This is the first of six meetings between the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Medicine Hat Tigers this season. Last season, Medicine Hat has posted a (5-1-0-0) record versus the Oil Kings (3-0-0-0 at home) and (2-1-0-0-0 in Edmonton). The Tigers outscored the Oil Kings 27-14 and outshot Edmonton 202-166. Leading the way for the Tigers versus the Oil Kings was forward Linden Vey (2G, 9A) with 11 points, while Emerson Etem (3G, 3A) chipped in with six points. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (5-1-0-0) has allowed 13 goals (2.32 G.A.A) on 149 shots (.913 Save %) in six appearances. On the power play, the Tigers were 10 for 28 with the man advantage (35.7%), while killing off 29 of 31 Edmonton power plays (93.5%). The teams meet again on Saturday, October 16th in Medicine Hat.
VS CENTRAL DIVISION: Last season, Medicine Hat posted a record of 21-7-2-2 in 32 games versus Central Division opponents. So far this season, the Tigers are 2-2-0-0.
LAST GAME: The Tigers were defeated by the Prince George Cougars 5-3 last Saturday at home. Scoring for the Tigers was forward Wacey Hamilon, Tyler Pitlick and Vahe Zakaryan. Goaltender Deven Dubyk (2-1-0-0) stopped 30 of 34 shots in the loss.
2010-11 WHL RANKINGS: Record (2-3-0-0). Central Division – 6th. Eastern Conference – 11th.
2010-11 Home Record (1-2-0-0). Away Record (1-1-0-0).
NOTES: Last season marked the 8th straight season the Medicine Hat Tigers qualified for the WHL Playoffs. 20-year-old Joey Frazer has stepped aside from playing, accepting an Assistant Coach position with the club. Jace Coyle (1G, 5A) has points in four straight games. Captain Wacey Hamilton is two points shy of 125 for his WHL career. Linden Vey will play his 200th WHL Regular Season game on Saturday night versus the Oil Kings. Forward Emerson Etem is one goal shy of 40 for his brief WHL career, while Ryan Harrison needs just one more to reach 30 goals for his career.
TIGERS ROSTER MAKEUP: The Tigers currently have 23 players on the roster – 2 Goaltenders, 7 Defenceman and 15 forwards.
AGE BREAKDOWN: 3 – 20 year olds, 7 – 19 year olds, 6 – 18 year olds, 6 – 17 year olds, and 1 – 16 year old.
2010-11 CLUB LEADERS:
- Goals (2) four players tied
- Assists (5) Jace Coyle
- Points (6) Jace Coyle
- PIM (17) Wacey Hamilton
- Wins (2) Deven Dubyk
NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Linden Vey (L.A. Kings), Sebastian Owuya (Atlanta Thrashers), Jace Coyle (Dallas Stars), Tyler Bunz (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Pitlick (Edmonton Oilers) and Emerson Etem (Anaheim Ducks).
PP:The Tigers rank 3rd in the WHL (6-24) / (25.0%) PK: Shorthanded the Tigers rank 2nd (23-25) / (92.0%)
ATB FINANCIAL – TIGERS BROADCAST: Listen to legendary Bob Ridley broadcast all Tigers games on CHAT 94.5 FM. Bob Ridley has called all but one Tigers’ Game in Team history since the Medicine Hat Tigers came into the league in 1970.