MEDICINE HAT, AB - The Medicine Hat Tigers will be looking to work some more magic out of the Canalta Centre on Sunday, as they wind up their home-and-home series against the Calgary Hitmen.
Both teams are coming off a wild series opener on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in which both sides combined for 12 goals in a 7-5 contest that went the way of the Hitmen.
The Tigers have earned points in each of their last five home games, while they’ll look to count on Tyler Preziuso once again who is riding an eight game point streak and has six goals in his last six games.
Tigers vs. Hitmen
The Hitmen took the first meeting of six between these two Central Division Rivals 7-5 Friday night. It was a back and forth affair with the Hitmen taking the lead and the Tigers equalizing it until Hitmen’s James Malm was able to regain the lead late in the game and Mark Kastelic scored on an empty net to ensure the Hitmen victory. The Tigers are 14-4-1-0 against the Hitmen in the last five seasons.
View from Calgary
Sunday’s contest with the Tigers will be the Hitmen’s third game in three days. After Friday’s defeat of the Tigers, the Hitmen fell 1-0 to the Red Deer Rebels Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome and they are now 5-10-2-0. The Hitmen are led by veteran forwards Mark Kastelic with 24 points (14G, 10A) and Jake Kryski with 19 points (9G, 10A).
Cole Clayton is a puck-moving defenceman in his second season with the Orange and Black. Clayton is an intelligent player who is patient with the puck. The 18-year-old Strathmore, AB product scored in Friday’s contest against the Hitmen and he has 4 points (2G, 2A) in the Tigers’ last four games. Look for Clayton to shut down the Hitmen offence in Sunday’s tilt.
Captain James Hamblin leads the Tigers on and off the ice. At every game, practice and training session, Hamblin demonstrates hard work, hustle and heart which contribute to why he is the top point producer on the team. Off the ice, the Captain has been involved in every community outreach event the Tigers have participated in so far this season. He has sung the “Hockey Song” with children at the Library, played Street Hockey at Home Depot and visited the Little Explorers Preschool as part of the Tigers’ Stay in School initiative.
Seven Tigers are on multi-game point streaks. Tyler Preziuso has 13 points (7G, 6A) in 8 games including 6 goals in the last 6 games. James Hamblin has 13 points (5G, 8A) in 7 games. Elijah Brown has 6 points (1G, 5A) in 5 games. Hayden Ostir has 5 points (2G, 3A) in 4 games. Cole Clayton has 4 points (2G, 2A) in 4 games. Josh Williams has 4 points (1G, 3A) in 3 games. Logan Christensen has 3 points (1G, 2A) in 3 games.
The Tigers’ Penalty Kill at Home is 92.3% and the best in the league at home
Linus Nassen has 12 points (2G, 10A) in 12 games
Ryan Jevne picked up his 100th Career WHL Point on Friday against the Hitmen.
Logan Christensen played his 200th Career WHL Game Friday against the Hitmen.
Right now at Subway, you can try James Hamblin’s favourite sub for your chance to win an autographed jersey.
The whole team will be available for autographs on the main concourse following Sunday’s game.
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