GAME NOTES: Tigers in Saskatoon to battle Blades

By Adam Jones - Medicine Hat Tigers
January 10, 2018 - 9:57am

SASKATOON, SASK. - The Medicine Hat Tigers will play 4 games in 5 days starting tonight in Saskatoon where they will face off against the 21-18-2-1 Blades. The Tabbies and the Blades have played each other three times early in the season with the Orange and Black winning all three contests. Both teams are coming off losses, the Tigers fell 5-3 to the Vancouver Giants Saturday; the Blades lost 5-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday.


OVERALL: 22-16-3-0
HOME: 14-7-1-0
ROAD: 8-9-2-0

Injury Update:
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Linus Nassen – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)

2016/17 Series VS Blades:
OVERALL: 3-0-0-0
HOME: 2-0-0-0
ROAD: 1-0-0-0

Last 5 seasons VS. Blades: 11-4-0-0
Last Win VS. Blades: November 3, 2017 (W 7-2)

2017/18 Club Leaders: 
Goals: Mark Rassell (34)
Assists: David Quenneville (30)
Points: Mark Rassell (54)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (42)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (13)

Tonight’s Match-up:

James Hamblin scored his first goal of the 2017/18 against the Saskatoon Blades Oct. 13/17.

David Quenneville has 8 points in 3 games played against the Blades this season (2G, 6A).

Did you Know?

After scoring in the Tigers’ last game, Tyler Preziuso has matched his last year’s point production of 22 points.

Kristians Rubins, who is known for his skills as a shut down defenceman, is on a 5 game point streak where he has 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points.

Who to Watch:

Medicine Hat Tigers – Ryan Chyzowski is a talented, young forward in his second year with the Tigers. The 17-year-old Kamloops product has a nose for the puck and he is not afraid to mix it up. Chyzowski currently has a 4 game point streak going where he has 5 points (2G, 3A). Saskatoon Blades – Braylon Shmyr has been putting on strong performances for the Blades. Shmyr has recorded 20 points (7G, 13A) in the Blades last 8 games.


In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 22 points in 38 games with the Tigers. The Tabbies blue line also features the towering shut down defenceman Kristians Rubins. Rubins is the first Latvian born player to ever suit up for the Tigers and he has netted 3 goals and 15 assists so far this season.

Protecting the Paint:

The Tigers acquired 18-year-old netminder Jordan Hollett from the Regina Pats in the offseason. Hollett is a 6th round selection of the Ottawa Senators and currently he is sporting a 13-9-2 record with a 3.43 GAA and a .897 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 9-7-1 record posting a .877 SV% and a 3.48 GAA.

NHL Drafted / Signed Players:
David Quenneville (New York Islanders), Mason Shaw (Minnesota Wild), Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators), Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers)

TIGERS BROADCAST: Listen to the legendary voice of the Tigers Bob Ridley broadcast all Tigers games on CHAT 94.5 FM. Bob Ridley has called all but one game since the Medicine Hat Tigers came into the league in 1970.

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