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GAME 1: TIGERS @ LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES

Thursday 09.20.12 / 11:09 PM

@ LETHBRIDGE:This is the first of eight and meetings between these two Central Division rivals. Last season, Medicine Hat posted a 4-3-0-1 record versus the Hurricanes (1-2-0-1 at home and 3-1-0-0 in Lethbridge) with the Tigers outscoring the Hurricanes 30-24. Leading the way for Tigers was graduated defenceman James Bettauer (3G, 11A) with 14 points in seven games.  Goaltender Tyler Bunz (4-3-0-1) allowed 22 goals (2.73 GAA) on 250 shots (.912 Save %) in eight games. On the power play the Tigers went 15 for 53 (28.3%), while killing off 30 of 41 Hurricanes opportunities (73.2%).


2011-12 WHL RANKINGS:

  • Record (42-24-2-4).        
  • Central Div. – 3rd.    
  • Eastern Con. – 4th.         
  • HOME (19-14-1-2).    
  • AWAY (23-10-1-2).


2012 EXHIBITION:The Tigers posted a record of 1-4-0-0 in five exhibition games.


MILESTONES: Although the Tigers roster is relatively young, a number of players could hit some significant milestones this season. Hunter Shinkaruk has already impressed in his first two seasons and with another big year he could reach the 200 point, 100 assist and 100 goal plateaus. Curtis Valk is also looking forward to continuing on his success from last season and should pass the 100 point, 50 assist and 50 goal marks. Boston Leier is creeping up on 50 career points and Dylan Bredo is only 8 assists away from 50 in a Tigers uniform. A few players are also approaching some big numbers in their penalty minute totals. If Kale Kessy continues his streak of 100+ PIM seasons he’ll pass 500 for his career. Newcomers Jacob Doty and Derek Ryckman are both sitting just under 300 PIMs for their career and will surely pass that mark and potentially reach 400 by season’s end.

 

2011-12 CLUB LEADERS:

  • Goals (61) Emerson Etem                       
  • Assists (46) Emerson Etem                               
  • Points (107) Emerson Etem
  • PIM (151) Kale Kessy                           
  • Plus/Minus (+29) Emerson Etem                      
  • Wins (39) Tyler Bunz

 

TIGERS ROSTER MAKEUP: The Tigers currently have 25 players on the roster - 2 Goaltenders, 8 Defenceman and 15 forwards, including 12 rookies.

AGE BREAKDOWN: 3 - 20 year olds, 5 - 19 year olds, 7 - 18 year olds, 7 - 17 year olds and 3 – 16 year old.

 

NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Kale Kessy (Phoenix Coyotes), Marek Langhamer (Phoenix Coyotes) and Alex Theriau (Dallas Stars).

 

ATB FINANCIAL - TIGERS BROADCAST: Listen to legendary Bob Ridley broadcast all Tigers games on CHAT 94.5 FM. Bob Ridley has called all but one Tigers' Game in Team history since the Medicine Hat Tigers came into the league in 1970.

 

TIGERS SCHEDULE:

LAST FIVE:

RESULTS:

@ Calgary (Preseason)

3-1 Loss

Vs Prince George (Preseason)

5-0 Loss

Vs Lethbridge (Preseason)

8-4 Win

@ Lethbridge (Preseason)

3-2 Loss

@ Red Deer (Preseason)

2-1 Win

 

NEXT FIVE:

TIME:

@ Lethbridge Hurricanes, Fri. Sept 21

7:00 PM (MT)

Vs Lethbridge Hurricanes, Sat. Sept 22

7:30 PM (MT)

@ Red Deer Rebels, Fri. Sept 28

7:30 PM (MT)

Vs Regina Pats, Sat. Sept 29

7:30 PM (MT)

@ Victoria Royals, Wed. Oct 3

8:05 PM (MT)

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Stats
Player Stats
Skaters: GP G A PTS +/-
C. Sanford 18 11 13 24 7
T. Cox 17 8 15 23 10
C. Valk 18 12 9 21 5
M. Koules 18 4 6 10 -6
D. Bredo 18 1 8 9 3
T. Stanton 18 0 8 8 -3
T. Vannelli 18 2 6 8 -7
C. Butcher 18 5 1 6 -1
M. Eisenschmid 18 0 5 5 2
S. Owre 15 3 2 5 0
Goalies: W L OTL SOL Sv% GAA
M. Langhamer 9 8 0 0 0.934 2.35
N. Schneider 0 0 0 0 0.625 28.27