Gameday Preview - January 12 vs Brandon
VS BRANDON: This will be the fourth meeting of the season between Brandon and the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Wheat Kings have come away with wins by scores of 7-4, 4-1 and 6-4, with the latter taking place on December 7th in Brandon. Due to provincial restrictions and COVID-19, the Wheat Kings haven't played a game since December 30th when they lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings in a shootout. Nolan Ritchie leads Brandon in scoring with 37 points (15G, 22A) in 32 games this season. While Ridly Greig 5 goals and 9 assists in 3 matchups vs the Tigers.
2021-21 WHL RANKINGS: Record (6-21-3-1). Central Div. - 6th. Eastern Con. - 12th. Home (4-8-1-0). Away (2-13-2-1).
VS CENTRAL DIVISION: The Tigers have posted a 5-11-1-0 record this season vs Central Division opponents.
VS EAST DIVISION: The Tigers have posted a 1-10-2-1 record this season vs East Division opponents.
LAST GAME: After splitting a home and home series the Medicine Hat Tigers took on the Calgary Hitmen for the third time in a week. The Hitmen scored first, but the Tigers roared back and took a 2-1 lead in the first period on goals from Oren Shtrom (7) and Oasiz Wiesblatt (4). Cru Hanas, an affiliated player from Texas notched his first career WHL point with the primary assist on the Wiesblatt marker. Tigers netminder Garin Bjorklund stopped 34 of 38 shots sent in his direction, but ultimately the Tabbies fell by a score of 4-2.
MILESTONES: Corson Hopwo is closing in on his 100th career WHL point. The forward from Duncan, BC needs only five points to cross that threshold. Tigers Defenceman Dru Krebs played in his 100th career WHL game on Saturday, December 4th vs Brandon. Daniel Baker is now five games shy of playing in his team leading 200th career WHL game. Newcomer Brendan Lee recently played in his 100th career WHL game before being dealt to the Tigers.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Noah Danielson is currently tied for the team lead in scoring with Daniel Baker. The 19-year-old from Red Deer, AB has already set career highs this season in goals (8), assists (8), and points (16). Danielson plays a 200-foot game with intensity and speed. The 5-foot-9 forward also has great vision and can snipe with the best of them. Through 84 career games, Danielson has 13 goals and 20 assists.
CLUB LEADERS LEADING SCORERS:
- Goals Danielson (8) - Noah Danielson 8G, 8A, 16 PTS
- Assists Tyler MacKenzie (14) - Daniel Baker 4G, 12A, 16 PTS
- Points Danielson/Baker/Hodass/MacKenzie (16) - Bogdans Hodass 3G, 13A, 16 PTS
- PIMs Daniel Baker (60) - Tyler MacKenzie 2G, 14A, 16 PTS
- Plus/Minus Shtrom (0) - Corson Hopwo 7G, 8A, 15 PTS
- Wins Bjorklund (4) - Ashton Ferster 7G, 5A, 12 PTS
ROOKIE LEADERS - Brendan Lee 5G, 6A, 11 PTS
- Goals Bogdans Hodass (3) - Oasiz Wiesblatt 4G, 7A, 11 PTS
- Assists Bogdans Hodass (13) - Oren Shtrom 7G, 3A, 10 PTS
- Points Bogdans Hodass (16) - Owen MacNeil 4G, 6A, 10 PTS
- PIMs Bogdans Hodass (20) - Brayden Boehm 4G, 4A, 8 PTS
- Plus/Minus Reid Andresen (-5) - Teague Patton 5G, 3A, 8 PTS
POWER PLAY: 25 / 118 - 21.2% - 11th
PENALTY KILL: 105 / 136- 77.2% - 16th
TIGERS ROSTER MAKEUP: The Tigers have 23 players on the roster - 2 Goaltenders, 8 Defencemen and 13 Forwards, including 6 rookies.
AGE BREAKDOWN: 3 - 20-year-olds, 3 - 19-year-olds, 8 - 18-year-olds, 6 - 17-year-olds, 3 - 16-year-olds
NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Garin Bjorklund (Washington Capitals), Dru Krebs (Washington Capitals)
LAST FIVE: RESULTS: NEXT FIVE: TIME:
@ Calgary Hitmen 4-2 Loss @ Moose Jaw, Fri, Jan 14 6:00 PM (MST)
vs Winnipeg ICE 6-1 Loss vs Lethbridge, Sat, Jan 15 7:00 PM (MST)
vs Calgary Hitmen 3-2 WIN vs Red Deer, Sun, Jan 16 6:00 PM (MST)
@ Calgary Hitmen 3-1 Loss @ Saskatoon, Fri, Jan 21 6:00 PM (MST)
vs Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 Loss @ Prince Albert, Sat, Jan 22 6:00 PM (MST)
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