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Game 29 vs Everett

December 7, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Medicine Hat Tigers News Release

The Story Coming In

The Medicine Hat Tigers were trailing 3-1 and came back to defeat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night in Lethbridge. It was the Tigers' sixth straight win and the 47th time in the team's 50 year franchise history where they've won 20 or more games in a season. Elijah Brown had a two point night (1G, 1A) extending his point streak to nine points (3G, 6A) in the last five games. The Tigers are 20-7-1-0 and they are led by Captain James Hamblin with 43 points (17G, 26A).

Tigers vs. Silvertips

For the first and only time this season, the Tigers will faceoff with the Silvertips. Last year, the Tabbies paid a visit to Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett and defeated the Silvertips 1-0. Goaltender Mads Søgaard stopped all 41 shots faced and earned his third career shutout in the contest. Captain James Hamblin scored the Tigers' lone tally on the power play. Medicine Hat is 2-1-0-0 against Everett over the past five years.

View from Everett

Tonight's game will be the third of a five game road trip for the Everett Silvertips. They started their road trip by turning aside the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 on Wednesday night. Friday they travelled to Swift Current and took down the Broncos 5-1. Veteran forward Bryce Kindopp had a four point night (2G, 2A) in Swift Current while forward Gage Goncalves has five points (2G, 3A) so far on the road trip. The Silvertips are 19-6-1-0 and they are led by Kindopp with 32 points (17G, 15A).

Tigers Talent

Nick Perna is the newest member of the Tigers' blueline after being acquired from Portland November 28, 2019. The 18-year-old Dallas, Texas native has suited up for two games for the Orange and Black and he scored his first goal with his new team Tuesday, December 3 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Perna is a smart, smooth skating, two-way defenceman.

Captain's Corner

Captain James Hamblin is leading the Tigers with 43 points (17G, 26A) and he is tied for top scorer in the league. He also leads the league with the most assists. The 20-year-old Edmonton product has eight points (2G, 6A) in his last four games played and he was named the WHL McSweeney's Player of the Month for November after putting up 24 points (11G, 13A) in 12 games played that month. Hamblin leads the Tigers by example with his tireless work ethic. Look for the Captain to make an impact in tonight's contest.

Quick Hits

Veteran forward Cyle McNabb scored his first goal in Orange and Black Friday night against the Hurricanes. McNabb was acquired by the Tigers from Saskatoon November 26, 2019, and he has suited up for four games with the Tigers picking up 2 points (1G, 1A).

Mads Søgaard's 41 save performance against the Silvertips last year was the second most shots he has faced when shutting out an opponent. The most was 48 shots when he shut the door on the Swift Current Broncos November 17, 2018.

In the 2004 WHL Finals, the Tigers swept the Silvertips in four games to win the franchise's fourth WHL Championship. Goaltender Kevin Nastiuk won playoff MVP. Nastiuk had two shutouts in the series and only allowed three goals over the four games played.

Mads Søgaard and Jonathan Brinkman reported to Team Denmark for the 2020 U20 World Championship Division 1 Group A Tournament in Minsk, Belarus. Their first game is December 9th against Latvia.

The Wawanesa Toy Drive in support of the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund is December 14th when the Tigers host the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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Montana's BBQ & Bar Birthday Party Package

The Medicine Hat Tigers along with Montana's BBQ & Bar are excited to introduce Birthday Party Packages this season. There are three different packages that fans can choose from and all packages include two adult tickets and eight child tickets. To inquire about Montana's BBQ & Bar Birthday Party Packages please call the Tigers Office at 403.526.2666.

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