SWIFT CURRENT, SASK. - The Medicine Hat Tigers will pay a visit to Credit Union i-Plex to face off against the Swift Current Broncos for the first game in a home and home series this weekend. The Tigers and the Broncos have already faced each other twice this season with the Broncos coming out on top both times. Swift Current has won their last 5 games; while the Orange and Black are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Hitmen.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Jordan Hollett – Lower Body (Week to Week)
Kristians Rubins – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Joel Craven – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Linus Nassen – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2017/18 Series VS Broncos:
Last 5 seasons VS. Broncos: 8-6-0-0
Last Win VS. Broncos: January 13, 2017: W (7-3)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (45)
Assists: David Quenneville (41)
Points: Mark Rassell (68)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (48)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (16)
David Quenneville is the league leading defenceman in points.
The Tigers are 11-6-7-0 in one goal games this season.
Did you Know?
Ryan Jevne defended his title as fastest skater at the annual ATB Skills Competition Tuesday night.
Rookie defenceman Trevor Longo won the Showtime Shootout with a great impersonation of Tigers’ Captain Mark Rassell.
Who to Watch:
Medicine Hat Tigers – James Hamblin is having a banner year for the Tigers reaching career highs in assists and points. Hamblin has ranked up 8 points (2G, 6A) in the last 5 games while averaging 1 point per game this season.The 18-year-old Edmonton native is a two way forward who is deceptively speedy. Look for Hamblin to help the Tigers get on the scoreboard early.
Swift Current Broncos – Glen Gawdin is leading the league with 107 (49G, 58A) points this season. Gawdin even has 6 (2G, 4A) points in 2 games played against the Tigers.
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 6 goals and 19 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 16-12-4 record with a 3.44 GAA and a .896 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 12-11-3 record posting a .890 SV% and a 3.23 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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