MEDICINE HAT, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers will look to return to their winning ways as they host the Calgary Hitmen tonight at the Canalta Centre. The Tigers are posting a 3-1-1-0 record against the Hitmen and this will be the final meeting between the two Central Division rivals. The Hitmen fell 4-3 to the Prince Albert Raiders in their last game; while the Tabbies were thwarted 5-2 by the Red Deer Rebels.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Jordan Hollett – Lower Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2017/18 Series VS Hitmen:
Last 5 seasons VS. Hitmen: 17-4-2-0
Last Win VS. Hitmen: February 9, 2018 (W 4-0)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (50)
Assists: David Quenneville (52)
Points: Mark Rassell / David Quenneville (79)
PIMS: Dalton Gally / David Quenneville (54)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Michael Bullion (19)
Mark Rassell has 9 points (6G, 3A) in 5 games played against the Hitmen this season.
The Tigers are 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Did you Know?
David Quenneville has 9 assists in the Tigers’ last 5 games.
Michael Bullion earned his third shutout of the season February 9th, 2018 vs the Hitmen.
Who to Watch:
Medicine Hat Tigers – Ryan Chyzowski is a talented, young forward in his second year with the Tigers. Chyzowski was ranked 160th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Miidterm Rankings. The 17-year-old Kamloops product has a nose for the puck and he is not afraid to mix it up.
Calgary Hitmen – Conner Chaulk scored two goals including the game winner the last time these two clubs met. Chaulk has 17 points (9 G, 8 A) in 31 games with the Hitmen since being traded from the Swift Current Broncos in November.
In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 26 points in 43 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 7 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 19-14-3 record posting a 0.890 SV% and a 3.26 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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