PORTLAND, OREGON - After blowing a third period lead to the Seattle Thunderbirds last night, the Medicine Hat Tigers look to get back in the win column tonight against the Portland Winterhawks.
The Tigers picked up a single point in last nights 4-3 overtime loss to Seattle and are 2-0-1-0 on their current road trip.
Tigers vs. Winterhawks
Tonight the Tigers and the Winterhawks will meet for the first and only time this season. The last time these two clubs faced off, the Winterhawks won 5-2 on November 29th, 2017. Medicine Hat is 0-3-0-0 against Portland over the past five years and they have not defeated the Winterhawks since Oct 26th, 2011, in a 4-2 home victory.
View from Portland
The Portland Winterhawks will play their third game in so many nights tonight against the Tigers. The Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 on Friday before falling 5-0 to the Everett Silvertips Saturday night. Portland is led by 2016 San Jose Sharks draft pick Joachim Blichfeld with 92 points (44G, 48A) and 2017 Vegas Golden Knight draft pick Cody Glass with 64 points (13G, 51A).
Linus Nassen is a smooth skating, highly skilled defenceman in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 20-year-old Norrtalje, Sweden native was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft. Nassen is ranked 10th among defencemen in the league with 40 points (5G, 35A). He has sharp puck skills and a high hockey IQ. Look for Nassen to make an impact on both ends of the ice in tonight’s contest.
Captain James Hamblin is the Tigers’ top point producer this season with 64 points (30G, 34A). The 19-year-old Edmonton native was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the 2014 Bantam draft. In his career as a Tiger, Hamblin has 76 goals and 103 assists in 247 games played. He is a speedy, intelligent, two-way player who works hard every game to help set the tone for the team. “The keys to this road trip are to have a lot of energy, continue to play as quick as possible, manage the puck and play as a team,” said Hamblin of this week’s four games in five days’ road trip.
- Mads Søgaard has been ranked 3rd among North American goalies in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- Søgaard is also ranked 4th in the WHL among goalies with 2.24 GAA and 0.933 save percentage.
- Brett Kemp has been ranked 156th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking.
- James Hamblin is the Tigers’ top point producer and he is ranked 11th in the league with 64 points (30G, 34A).
- The Tigers’ power play is ranked 5th in the league and 23.6% effective. James Hamblin leads the Tigers in power play goals with 11 and Ryan Jevne is the top set up man on the power play with 18 assists.
- Daniel Baker is the Tigers’ top point producing rookie with 14 points (2G, 12A).
- The Tigers are 3-0-1-0 against the US Division this season.
- The Tigers continue to score by committee with all 20 skaters scoring lighting the lamp at least once to score the team’s 175 goals.
- The race for the Central Division crown is tight with 7 points separating first and fifth place. The Tigers currently sit in second place, one point behind the Edmonton Oil Kings in first and one point ahead of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 3rd.
- Ryan Jevne and James Hamblin are currently on 4 game point streaks. Jevne has 10 points (3G, 7A) and Hamblin has 7 points (3G, 4A).
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