Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lethbridge "Incident"

A day after Lethbridge announced their intentions to bid for the 2020 memorial cup, there seems to be some scary news today out of Lethbridge

The Hurricanes released the following statement



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Not quite sure what is going on, but I hope this "incident" isn't a life-threatening accident.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

WHL Bantam Draft

WHL Bantam Draft 

Results: http://whl.ca/draft/2018/MH
MH News Article: http://medicinehatnews.com

1st Round
11th - Cole Sillinger - Forward -  5'11 170lb

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Clip of Play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfNZCWhRJ9o
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2nd Round
38th - Dru Krebs - Defenceman 5'9 156lb


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3rd Round
55th - Liam Vanderkooi - Goaltender 6'4 195



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3rd Round Continued
66th - Jayden Davis - Center 5'9 147lb

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Note: A player with the same name played for Lethbridge last season.
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4th Round
77th Ashton Ferster - Forward 6'0 145

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5th Round
99th - Rhett Parsons - Defenceman 5'11 182lb

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6th Round
121st - Hayden Cox - Forward 5'11 165lbs

Elite Prospects
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=512359


7th Round
134th Alex Walicki - Forward - 5'10 169lb

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Scouting Report
Very quick skater
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7th Round Cont.

143rd Devin Benson Defenceman 5'10 150


Elite Prospects
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=533230



8th Round
165th - Traded to Victoria for an 8th round pick in 2010

9th Round
187th Owen Millward - Goaltender


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Next Year

Graduating OA's
Mark Rassell
Michael Bullion
Kristians Rubins

Potential Overagers
Dylan MacPherson - D
*David Quenneville - D
*Mason Shaw - F

Ryan Jevne - F  (If One of Shaw/Quenneville don't come back
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Dalton Gally - D
Jaeger White - F
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*Linus Nassen - D
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Nassen 
 Eligible to come back as a 2 spotter. IMO he is not quite ready for the AHL. The Tigers may not have room for him with 2 other defensive 20's. They will likely re-draft both euro spots.

However.....

Nassen is the type of defenceman the Tigers like, so I'm not completely counting him out in the unlikely scenario that both Quenneville and Shaw are scooped to the pro's. Nassen may also sign a contract in Europe negating the possibility of him returning.  Otherwise, I think Nassen will play in the ECHL or Europe for his first season of pro.


Quenneville
 He was recently signed by the Islanders. The Islanders have 4 other signed defencemen for the AHL next year, as well as 2 RFA's and 2 free-agents on their AHL team. (Former Tiger Defenceman Kyle Burroughs is one of the RFA's with the Islanders.). In other words they have 2 more spots to fill

I personally feel there is a 70-30 chance he will be back for another season. There is a sliver of room, as it stands now, for Quenneville to slot in as a 6th defenceman in the AHL. While I would be happy for Quenneville if he made the AHL/ECHL. I strongly believe another year of junior would be the best thing for his defensive development. I'm unsure what the Islanders will do. Let's see how their off-season plays out.

Shaw
He missed half of his 16yr old season and all of his 19 yr old season. Since he had a late Birth-date and was only drafted last year, the Wild don't have to sign him until next season.

Minnesota's farm team (Iowa), has a system full of contracts that are expiring. They also have an older group that missed the playoffs. The last 2 NHL drafts they've had very poor draft positioning as they've traded away multiple picks. They badly need an influx of younger talent. (last season they plucked Hurricanes OA Defenceman Brennan Mennell when he was expected to return to Lethbridge.

Normally I would say that equals excellent grounds for Shaw not returning....however.....I started looking at Minnesota's historical signings.

They largely wait and sign older players from the NCAA and Europe. The players in junior they do sign, are largely either bona fida players or late bloomers and are careful to let them develop in lower leagues.

Their historical singings suggest one thing, but their minor system another thing completely. One thing is for certain is that they have a ton of work to do in their minor league system. For those reasons, I think Shaw is 50-50 on his chances of returning. If you forced me to choose a side I'd say he doesn't return.

If we take his knee injury into account, I still feel like he is good enough to move to the AHL. Shaw only played in 1 out of 3 games he was eligible for in his late-season callup to the AHL. I read an interview from the MH news where Shaw mentioned his knee was pretty sore and there were lots of guys in Iowa, so perhaps they halted his comeback in favor of his long-term health.


Jevne
If the Tigers get lucky and Shaw and Quenneville both come back, they have a very tough decision with Jevne.  Otherwise, I think he has a good shot at being the 3rd guy. Jevne wore a letter last season and had 21 points in 24 games down the stretch. He should be a ppg top 6 player next season no matter who he skates for. The Tigers should hold onto him and will only be moved if forced to.  If he does get moved he will be an absolute under the table steal for any other whl team because his point totals were a bit lower the last few seasons. If I was an opposing team with OA holes to fill I'd keep a shortlist on him as a potential last-minute addition because the Tigers will likely hold onto Jevne until Shaw/Quenneville's status are known.

MacPherson
I think he has a very good shot at returning and playing in his overage year. The Tigers have a bunch of rookies and sophomores that aren't quite ready for the top line and MacPherson should be capable of slotting into that top defensive role.. I haven't heard anything about his late-season injury, but curious if there is any possibility he may not be ready to start next season?

Other OA's
White, Gally, are on the outside looking in.  Their is potential for Gally to draw in for the early season if Quenneville gets plucked to pro's and MacPherson isn't ready.

Thoughts
Macpherson,
Quenneville*
Shaw*

Jevne

White/Gally
Nassen

There could be a decent chance that (the starred players) don't come back. If that is the case Jevne should draw into the top 3.


Pre-Season Roster 
Don't take stock into line combos, just for depth purposes.
Shaw isn't a right-winger and would slot in as a centre.

Forwards
Hayden Ostir(19)  James Hamblin(19)   Ryan Jevne/MasonShaw (20)
Elijah Brown(18) Ryan Chyzowski(18) Bryan Lockner(18)
Tyler Preziuso (19) Gary Haden (19) Josh Williams (17)
Anderson(18) Henry Rybinksi(17) Heathcote(18)
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White(20)


Thoughts
If Shaw comes back this roster will essentially be a carbon copy from last year, but a year older.
This group will also largely be intact for the season after as well. For new prospects their looks to be 2 spots available, 3 is stretching it but possible.

I count 4 forwards who are capable of hitting the 1ppg mark next season. They had 2 PPG last season.

Defence
Quenneville(20) MacPherson(20)
Craven(18 Clayton(18)
Baker(17) Longo(17)
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Gally(20)
Nassen(20)
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Thoughts
There is a high degree of turnover with Rubins, Gally, and Nassen potentially not returning.
I feel if Quenneville returns their depth is in very good shape. A Quenneville loss would be a blow, as that means only 1 of 5 experience veterans return and it shallows their top line depth.

If that Happens, the Tigers may look at a few scenarios like keeping Nassen if he hasn't signed in Europe, looking at Gally, or potentially drafting an older import defenceman as insurance.

Baker, Clayton, Crave, Longo - Next season is key for them to develop. If the Tigers want to make a run next season, ideally 2 of those guys can develop to a point of becoming a top line defenceman next year.


Goaltenders
Jordan Hollett(19)
Kaeden Freer-Lane(17)
Garin Bjorklund(16)

Thoughts
A BIG goaltenders battle in camp. The Tigers usually try to make their decisions quickly before the season starts but if we still see them with 3 goaltenders come October it wouldn't surprise me.
Bjorklund and Freer-Lane have impressed in the CSSHL and Midget AAA.

If Hollet isn't back as a 20, it seems

This should be a very exciting battle. I hope who-ever gets the backup job can get a solid 15-17 starts in to properly develop in case Hollett is not back as a 20yr old.  Remember the regular season next year will only have 68 games.

2 Euro Imports
This will be interesting. There isn't a whole lot of room on the roster.

 With their focus on balance perhaps this is the year we see a couple younger imports(16 or 17) in the lineup? Or will they look at a couple 18yr olds to provide extra meat into the lineup?

If Quenneville doesn't come back,  it might make good sense by drafting an 18yr old Dman. However, If Quenneville does come back that means no room for rookies, and one of the newer crop of Dmen will be rotated out as a healthy scratch.

Nonetheless, if you're gunning for a top season in 2 years, a couple 18's would go a long way at providing more depth.

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Individual Player Thoughts


James Hamblin - He had a very unfortunate start to the season with his mother passing away during training camp. Something like that is very tough to deal with along with juggling a hockey career and schooling. Even though he was putting up points, he wasn't quite the same player in the early going. I felt it took him until the second half of the season where he re-discovered his game & work ethic.

I don't think losing his linemate of 2 years in Mark Rassell will affect his production that much. I felt their chemistry was rather mediocre in the 2nd half of the season. I think he has a good chance to create a spark with new linemates.

He is a workhorse type player and pairing him up with another sniper or a fellow work-horse type player will keep his production improving.  I fully expect him to reach a PPG pace.


Ryan Chyzowksi - Chyzowski's powerplay time was very beneficial in developing his poise and his hands. He showed us he is capable of stick-handling in tight when required. I'm most excited about the fact he was able to beat goalies from the high slot off powerful and quick wrist shots.

Chyzowski's shooting percentage of 13.1% as a 17yr old was impressive. He made an incredible leap in development from 16 to 17. One of the traits I like to look at is how the last 20-25 games compare to the rest of the season. Chyzowski managed 20 points in 24 games down the stretch including 5 points in 6 games during playoffs. For that reason I see him being quite capable of earning a point per game next season as an 18yr old. I think he may be a candidate to lead the team in scoring as well.

He had such a massive unexpected improvement from 16 to 17, that it makes me wonder about his ceiling potential. The Tigers haven't drafted a lot of bigger players but I see some comparisons to former Tiger Dryden Hunt, but a better skater, perhaps a slight notch more talented. If he doesn't get drafted I will be in shock.
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Hayden Ostir - After he came back from injury he was a different player. To me, it appeared as if the game had slowed down for him and he was making plays that created space. There are always signs before a player breaks out, it is just a matter of spotting them. I feel that next season Ostir is ready to showcase his breakout.

 Hayden was ultimately a victim of the injury bug and was paired with some younger 16yr old line-mates to create more balance in the Tigers lineup this past season, otherwise, I feel he would have produced a few more points.  I think Hayden will become a point per game player next season as well.
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Ryan Jevne
His game changed in the second half of the season. His confidence with the puck grew and he started trying to beat defenceman rather than just going wide or shooting the puck into the zone.  He started experimenting with offensive moves and was occasionally beating defenders with them. He had 14 points in his last 15 games and was showing he isn't just a grinder type, but could be a threat on the ice that slots into the top 6 role. Next season if he is one of the Tiger over-ages I expect him to earn around a PPG pace if not slightly higher.
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Elijah Brown - Such a large horizontal stick-handling wingspan for only  5'9. Brown is a player that will make other players better. For a small guy he excels at creating space You can give him the puck and within moments skates laterally 6 feet and creates a ton of room... I believe this is why the Tigers paired him with Rassell in the playoffs. They just needed someone to feed Rassell the puck.

Will he be a PPG player next season?  I think it will highly depend on the chemistry of his line-mates. He shows a high degree of enthusiasm on the ice. I personally feel that he is the type of player that is pretty good at reading the ice and seeing plays develop. Pairing him with another that shows poise and an ability to read the ice well, will create a lot of chemistry.

 I see two paths; a standard development path where he improves to around .8 PPG. I also see a scenario where he creates some strong chemistry with his line-mates and it boosts his game substantially around a 1.2PPG pace.

Gary Haden
He also isn't your proto-typical tiger selection. He isn't the quickest player on the ice but shows a high ability on thinking the game. I thought he was perfectly suited for a 3rd line centre type role, as he can be defensively responsible.

The Tigers were forced to bump him up in the lineup early in the season due to injuries and he responded really well. Later in the season the Tigers put him on the bottom lines and rotated him in and out of the center position.

I felt he was unhappy with his ice-time and role and it was apparent on the ice. His play at the end of the season was sloppy and looked uninspired. Even though he garnered 0.6 PPG(which was double that of his 17yr old year) I felt in the 2nd half of the season he was not playing well due to factors I just mentioned.

 If we were taking bets on the next player to ask for a trade, I would say Haden is my top answer. If he isn't getting a 3rd line center-man role or more I feel he should ask to be moved because he has largely been cast aside as a depth guy and isn't on the priority list when it comes to icetime.

In saying that I think he's an important piece of the puzzle and I would be disappointed if he was moved.


Josh Williams - I'm hopefully optimistic about Josh Williams. I felt he had a tough start but finished on a successful note. Initially, he was propped up a little over his head on the first line.  Williams also suffered an unfortunate injury at the under 17's. By the end of the season, he looked much more comfortable on the ice. While he has shied away from the corners a little bit, he has great instincts to position himself at the net giving himself prime opportunities to score.  11 goals in 47 games(0.43 ppg), and a 13.4% shooting percentage is well above average for a 16.

He looks to project as a pure goal scorer. Likely to become a regular on the powerplay.

I think he will have a very hot start next season, followed by a slight cool-down and adjustment period. I think in 2 seasons he will be a 40+ goal scorer.

A steady improvement would see him grab about .65 ppg as a 17. Sometimes the development from 16 to 17 is very rapid. Let's keep an eye on him early and see if there are some signs that the game has slowed down for him. If the game slows down for him he has potential to reach higher targets, however I think he still has a bit of development time to get there.

I'll be keeping an eye on him more-20 around the 10-12 game mark when hot starts, start dying off.



Bryan Lockner - Lockner is the type of player the Tigers badly needed. Someone with some size who can keep up with the speedy guys, but also someone with sound 2-way instincts. Someone who can block shots, and is very positionally sound in his own end.

Lockner isn't the prototypical player that the Tigers draft. If we were to compare Mark Rassell's 80 points to  Bryan Lockner's 14 with the Tigers, who do you think had the higher +/-?  It was Lockner at +6.  (Don't rip me in the comments for saying Rassell wasn't important, we all know he was)

Nonetheless, Locker projects as more of a prototypical 3rd line type player, but with the potential of being playmaker material in the top 6. The Tigers gave him a lot of icetime, so we may see him stay in the top 6 next season.

If he does play in the top 6, It gives that line a boost defensively speaking. I thought Lockner was showing basic signs of a play-making ability later in the season when his goal became, "just get Rassell the puck" and he will get points.

I don't necessarily expect him to become a dangerous sniper next season, I feel his developing play-making ability will continue to get better and we could expect a .45-.60 ppg type season.


Tyler Preziuso - Myself, as well as a few others, put a lot of pressure on him to perform to higher expectations. 2 Seasons ago, going into his 17yr old year he was ranked as a player to watch for the NHL and fell off the map with a powerhouse Tiger team. Last season as an 18 he started very strong, but had a terrible middle-part of the season.  Their was a stretch where he had 2 points in 17 games, but more importantly, stopped showing initiative driving to the net and being aggressive.

I feel that if he isn't being pressured, he doesn't challenge himself. I feel that the Tigers coaches need to continually push him. This coming season year he is in danger of losing icetime to younger players. His greatest asset in his speed and he doesn't take penalties. When we talk about a crowded forward group his spot is generally the first that gets mentioned among players getting moved. While I don't think the Tigers will do that because they prioritize speed over all else,  I have been extremely disappointed with his progression. An NHL career is virtually non-existent right now, and he needs to re-invent his game to put himself back on the map.


Baxter Anderson
A little fireplug. He reminds me a lot of Ryan Jevne at a younger age. With injuries, Anderson was able to dress in a few more games that he would have otherwise. Early in the season, he was just trying to not make mistakes, by the end of the season he was showing spurts of improvement and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get some ice-time.  I feel he will largely be used as a 4th liner next season, but should see fairly regular ice-time. Let's hope he turns out similar to Jevne. Someone who toils the 3/4th lines but keeps plugging along and makes an impact at 19.

Dawson Heathcote
Half his point totals on the season came in his 5th game with 3 goals and 1 assist. I liked what I saw early in the season, but afterwards, I admit I didn't notice him much. (Partially because I kept getting him confused with Rybinski, partially because he was in and out of the lineup, and partially because he wasn't seeing a lot of ice in the game he dressed for)  I do remember early in the season that I liked his game a lot.  He is another one that the Tigers hope follows a similar path to Jevne.



Jaeger White
He joined the Tigers after being cut by Moose Jaw and it was confirmed Shaw would be out long-term.

White's style of play is generally in line with the Tigers style,(speed and ball hockey type skill) but it has been pretty rare of a free-agent 19yr old making the Tigers roster for 3/4th line duty. ( I think Sam Dezman back in 2010 was the last one)

Nonetheless White improved quite a bit over the course of the season and one wonders what his improvement would have been like had he been here as a 16 or 17. Early in the season, he was prone to making making errant passes and coughing the puck up in semi-dangerous areas.

His improvements were definitely noticeable towards the end of the season after the Tigers ran into injury troubles.  Late in the season he was showing a lot more poise with the puck and seemed to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time for scoring goals.

Going forward, I think it's unlikely he will be with the Tigers as a 20, but there may be interest in him as a cheap option from another team. The Tigers might might be able to turn a free-agent pickup into a late round draft pick

Henry Rybinski
He received more ice-time over anderson/heathcote.  12 points in 62 games is fairly in line with a competitive average. What I like about Rybinski is his positioning on 1v1 battles. He doesn't reach into the pile, he will skate into the correct position and work for the puck.

Another skill I liked from Rybinski was the ability to read the play and anticipate the next move. It is extremely rare for a first year 16 to anticipate the play 2 moves down the line. Even though the puck control wasn't quite there as a 16, once the game slows down, he will have the tools to be an effective play-maker

There is some development to go through, but once the game slows down for him I think we will see him become a key playmaker type.


David Quenneville
I shouldn't need to say much here. His skills are obvious. Powerful shot with an extremely quick windup. Excellent ability to jump into the rush,  a powerful one-timer. A vocal leader on the ice.

His weakness is his size and skating.  He has a stocky frame and has an ability to bowl over guys with his frame, but only uses it when he is pissed off. He needs to work on his skating and ability to stop those quick forwards. I personally feel that if the Islanders rush him into pro's next season it could damage his development and confidence. He needs another year of seasoning in Junior to create a stronger defensive game.

Dylan MacPherson
Since he joined the Tigers I saw a lot of potential in him.  I see some passivity in his game that is bottling that potential up.

I want to see him become a bit selfish and be more aggressive on the breakout.  I want to see him carry the puck out to the blueline before even thinking of passing the puck.

Puck control, poise and first pass decision making - That will be the difference in MacPherson earning a contract in his overage season vs playing CIS hockey after the WHL. Right now he is still a pretty good defenceman; however, his path steers him to the CIS.

He has a tall lanky frame and can skate when he wants to. I feel he is not comfortable carrying the puck and often looks to get rid of the puck as quick as he can. Sometimes that leads to awkward passes and poor clearing attempts.

I always liked his game and defensive instincts, but I also think he needs to be more aggressive if an NHL contract is his goal.  The redcliff kid will be an important piece of the defensive group next season. I hope the injury he suffered in the playoffs will not affect him next season.

Joel Craven
He had a tough rookie year going through 2 medium term injuries. His first game of the season wasn't until the end of October.  Just when he was taking his game to the next level and getting regular ice-time he took a vicious illegal hit that concussed him and set him back.

He was showing an impressive ability to skate the puck out of his zone and looked a lot like former Tiger Tommy Vannelli. Craven looks to be a guy who will have an offensive flair to his game.

He can skate and I hope during the off-season he works on getting physically stronger while still maintaining that mobility.

Cole Clayton
He was a bit passive to start out the season, but his game took a massive leap forward after the Tigers went through a stretch of defensive injuries. I remember one game where he stepped up and had a very strong outing playing physical, scoring a goal, and skating the puck out of his zone. From that point on he was a new player. He reminds me a little bit of a late-blooming Connor Hobbs. A player who can be physical and can skate with a good defensive hockey IQ.  At the start of the season I wasn't sure on him, but by the end of the season, I thought he has the tools to be a future #1 pairing guy.

Trevor Longo
Longo was one of the last cuts, and then re-joined the Tigers when they went thorough some injury issues.  While I haven't gotten a good read on him yet he looks like a solid steady stay at home defenceman that will be able to play a strong 2-way game. Reminds me of former Tiger Trevor Glass.

Dan Baker
It is very unfortunate the Tigers sent him down this past year.  The Tigers use speed as one of their primary traits and while Baker may not be as quick as clayton/craven, during his callup he looked positionally very strong.

 He held exceptional defensive instincts and in the playoffs was being given top 4 pairing minutes at times. He reminds me of a younger more talented version of former Tiger Kyle Becker.  I am very excited and keen to see what he can do.

New Prospects
Jaxon Steele - 18
Nick McCarry - 17
Corson Hopwo - 17
Jalen Price - 17
Eric Van Impe - 17
Ryden Fedyck - 17
Kaleb McEachern - 17
Mattie Boonstra - 17
Garin Bjorklun - 16
Kaeden Freer-Lane 16
Damon Agyeman - 16
Justin Ross - 17
Kadyn Chabot - 16
Noah Danielson 16
Scout Truman - 16
Ryan Watson - 16
Brett Meerman - 16
Austin Dycer - 16
Brayden Kapty 16
Stephan Rosier - 16
Tyler Bates - 16
Samuel Deckhut - 16
Talon Zakall - 16
Davis Chorney - 16

I'm unsure if the Tigers still hold rights to all of them. If I missed someone let me know.
Let me know your thoughts, on which players you think will breakout and the reasons why!

Expectations
I'll put an estimation out in the summer with the Eastern Conference Review as well as a projected goal total.

Next Up
This almost closes the door for this year. I plan to make a post that critiques and reviews all of the Eastern Conference happenings this year, as well as a critique on how I did on my pre-season predictions.

NHL Entry Draft - June 22-23rd
CHL Import Draft - End of June/Early July

Who are some of the players you are excited for the next couple seasons?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Humboldt Broncos

#prayforhumboldt
#humboldtstrong

Tragic Accident
By now most of you are aware of the Terrible Accident that has forever changed the lives of the Humboldt Broncos SJHL hockey Team.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/nipawin-humboldt-bus-crash-1.4609835


Go Fund Me
There is a go fund me page setup. I have donated and for those that wish too as well, here is a link to their go fund me page
https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos/donate


Tiger Connections

Layne Matechuk
One of the members of the Humboldt Bronco team was a former Tiger Draft pick Layne Matechuk. Matechuck was a 2nd round and 40th overall selection in 2015. I'm not sure if the Tigers still have his rights or not. He is 18, but in his 17yr old hockey season with Humboldt.

Former Tiger Bretton Cameron
Former Tiger Bretton Camerons' brother was also on the Bus. Yesterday Bretton Tweeted out that his brother was doing ok.

Bretton Cameron is currently the Captain for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL.

A few former Humboldt Players who went on to play with the Tigers Include
Deven Dubyk - 2009-2011
Ryan Olynyk 2000-2002

My heart and condolences go out to their team, family members and the hockey community.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Game 6: Tigers 3 @ Brandon 4 - Tigers Season Comes To an End

Brandon Wins Series 4-2
Game 1: Brandon 2 Tigers 7
Game 2: Brandon 3 Tigers 7
Game 3: Tigers 3 Brandon 5
Game 4: Tigers 2 Brandon 5
Game 5: Brandon 5 Tigers 2
Game 6: Tigers 3 Brandon 4

Links
WHL Gamesheet
Rassell carries Tigers in season-ending overtime loss - MH News

Pre-Game

Tigers Scratches
James Hamblin
Mason Shaw
Elijah Brown
Trevor Longo
Dawson Heathcote - Healthy
Cole Clayton - I think he left the game in the first or second period.


Brandon Scratches
Baron Thompson
Ty Ettinger
Jonny Hooker


First Period

Tigers are double/triple shifting Mark Rassell to start the game and it paid off early.

David Quenneville under a heavy chorus of boo's from the Dauphin folks, made a beauty hail mary pass up to Mark Rassel, who split Brandon's top pairing Defenceman (Braden Schneider and Schael Higson). Rassell would put it past Dylan Miskiw (hard to see on the webcast if it was five-hole or glove side). 1-0 Tigers 

Rassell continued his strong game stripping Schael Higson off the puck and Higson was forced to hook Rasell which earned the Tigers a power play. With 9 seconds left in the powerplay, something strange happened that I didn't understand.

Hollet Interference

Jordan Hollett was playing the puck and backhanded it behind his net.  He got checked and knocked over by Ty Lewis. Hollett was given an interference penalty, while Jevne and Lewis were called on roughing penalties...




After that play, the intensity of Hollett reached another level.  He seemed to be moving extra quick after that one.  Let's hope that turns out to be a good thing for the Tigers.

During the powerplay, Gunnar Wegleitner would hit the post and David Quenneville would end up saving a shot off his groin after he tripped over Hollett's pads and ended up with his legs sticking out of the net. The Tigers would keep Brandon off the scoreboard.

Notes
The Tigers have played very well through the first ten minutes of the period. Brandon generated some momentum off those special teams plays...and it turned out to be a fairly even period.


Second Period

Some back and forth action, with both teams getting scoring chances. Tyler Preziuso made a really nice defensive play picking the pocket of Braden Schneider as he was all alone in the slot for a big chance.

Tigers Add to Lead Tigers would add to their lead early in the period. After a rush up the ice Brandon defender, Braden Schneider got a stick on the puck at the blueline. Jaeger White managed to scoop it up and skate in with a lot of room. He fired a shot on net, and Myskiw gave up a big rebound.

Hayden Ostir took the rebound shot from the top of the circle and the puck bounced off somebody in front and sat right at the feet of Mark Rassell. With the goalie down, Rassell swiped the puck into the net. 2-0 Tigers

First Fight of the Series
A few moments later the first fight of the series would take place between depth player Zach Wytnick and Baxter Anderson. Anderson got a couple punches in early and Wytnick nailed Anderson in the top of the helmet and they tumbled to the ice. They both seemed to be favoring their hands in the box.

Brandon Sparked That fight seemed to spark Brandon as they would get their first goal of the night 23 seconds later.

Kristians Rubins threw a pass out of the zone, which hit a Tigers' skate, and bounced backward. It gave Ty Lewis and Stellio Matteos a mini 2 on 1, where Stelio buried a one-time pass, past the blocker of Jordan Hollett. 2-1 Brandon

The teams would trade some highlight real chance with both teams having sustained offensive chances.

Brandon Ties It Up
Brandon would tie the game off some advantageous puck bounces. In Brandon's zone, a Mark Rassell shot would deflect off the feet of a Brandon player and then hop over the stick David Quenneville at the point. Brandon raced away on a 2 on 1, where Evan Weinger placed a shot over the top of Jordan Hollet's Blocker. 2-2 TIE

Dylan Myskiw would come up Huge late in the second period. He stopped Mark Rassel and Gary Haden on point blank 2 on 1's.

Notes:
The Tigers didn't play bad, Brandon was able to capitalize on more chances than the Tigers could.
The goals that were scored in this period were off some puck-luck bounces.

This game is even stevens so far. The third period should be a doozy. Almost seems like a perfect script for an overtime game. I don't remember seeing much of Cole Clayton in the period. 16 yr old Dan Baker has now drawn in for a lot more ice-time. Clayton didn't look that great in the early going so that must be why the Tigers dressed 7 defenceman tonight.


Third Period

The Tigers would respond quickly in the third period. 23 Seconds into the period, David Quenneville would put a hard snapshot on the net and Mark Rassell would find the rebound in the slot and put it through Myskiw's five-hole for the Hat-Trick! 3-2 Tigers

The teams would continue to trade highlight-reel chances. Brandon had a 2-0 and Hollett came up huge. Haden would have a prime chance after he was tripped up at the net. He still managed to get a stick on the puck and beat Myskiw but rolled the puck through the crease.

Tigers Momentum
Daniel Bukac fired the puck out of bounds in his own zone and that would mean a Tigers power play.
On the powerplay. While the Tigers didn't score they generated a lot of momentum off it.

Mid-way through the period Brandon would turn the momentum.

Brandon Ties the Game
From behind the net, Quenneville let out a poor outlet pass from his back-hand which was intercepted. To recover 4 Tigers were down deep in the corner which left the front of the net open.

Evan Weinger would block a clearing attempt from Kristians Rubins walked around the net and find Linden McCorrister who was wide open. McCorrister would shot the puck low blocker and it somehow found a hole through Jordan Hollett. 3-3 TIE    

Notes:
The Tigers fired 25 shots in net during the period. I thought it was a typo at first.

OVERTIME......

Brandon with a ton of pressure. The Tigers look like they can barely skate and Hollett is playing phenomenal.   Braden Schneider would throw a shot/pass into the slot and Linden McCorrister would tip it past Jordan Hollett. Final 4-3 Brandon

Thoughts
Darn! Who would have thought the Tigers would go out 4 straight after destroying the wheat kings in the first two games? Props off to Brandon for adapting and winning away from their home rink. They were the better team and deserve the 2nd round. It feels so frustrating knowing that Mason Shaw was so close to returning yet wasn't able to draw in.

Thanks to Mark Rassel, Michael Bullion and Kristians Rubins
Rassell played his heart out and received massive amounts of ice-time. He ended up with a hat-trick tonight. Kristians was IMO the Tigers best defenceman all year.  Good Luck to Michael Bullion in his future who played lights out hockey down the stretch run 

Brief Season in Review
Never seen the team go through that many injuries. They were never able to dress a healthy lineup all season. With Fischer leaving, shaw's season-ending injury and all the other injuries that happened, this year was largely a write-off and the Tigers used it to re-tool their roster for the future.


Winning the Central Division was awesome, but a first-round exit always leaves a bitter taste. Would have loved to see a Re-match with Lethbridge in round 2. 

Up Next
WHL Bantam Draft, May 3rd

Over the next week or two, I will generate a next year post, as well as a review of all my Pre-Season Eastern Conference Thoughts I posted earlier in the season to see how I did.

What are your thoughts on this season? Leave A Comment 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Game 5: Brandon 5 @ Tigers 2

Series: 3-2 Brandon
Game 1: Brandon 2 Tigers 7
Game 2: Brandon 3 Tigers 7
Game 3: Tigers 3 Brandon 5
Game 4: Tigers 2 Brandon 5
Game 5: Brandon 5 Tigers 2
Game 6: April 1st
Game 7: April 3rd (If Needed)

Links
WHL GameSheet
Wheaties push Tigers to the brink - MH News
Tigers De-Railed by Wheat Kings - Tigershockey.com
Tigers allow five straight goals, fall to What Kings in Game 5 - Chat News

Pre-Game Notes
Jordan Hollet in the Net
Linus Nassen - GameTime decision and Drew in Tonight.

Tiger Scratches
Mason Shaw - Getting fit with a brace. The Tigers are taking it day by day, but it sounds like he may not make it in time for round 1.
Elijah Brown - Injured
Dylan Macpherson -Likely out for playoffs
Trevor Longo - Out for a while
James Hamblin - Broken wrist, out for playoffs


Brandon Scratches
Logan Thompson -Injury
Baron Thompson - Healthy
Jonny Hooker - Injury
Ty Ettinger - Healthy

First Period
The Tigers would get an unlucky break. A big blast from David Quenneville smacked the goaltender up high. During the save Myskiw's blocker & catcher came up high and popped lose his mask. The mask would fall off as he dropped to his knees moments before Jaeger white tapped the rebound in the net. The Refs called it no goal...bad break.The mask stays on it's probably a good goal.

Ty Lewis from Brandon would come close to scoring ringing iron. 30 seconds later the Tigers would score first. Quenneville fed a very nice pass over to Ryan Chyzowski who fired the puck top shelf glove side. 1-0 Tigers


Notes:
Pretty even period. Prime scoring chances were close. The refs are letting them play but also calling coincidental penalties and taking both players out. Quenneville has thrown 3 big hits. He looks like a man on a mission.


Second Period
Tigers would add to their lead on a fast break 30 seconds into the period. Preziuso with some nice work skating out of his zone let go a pass out into the slot. Jevne neatly tied up his man which left Chyzowski open at the side of the net. Chyzowski performed a quick stickhandle and fired the puck over Myskiw's arm. 2-0 Tigers 

The Tigers would get into some penalty trouble as Cole Clayton would get called for a 4-minute slew-footing penalty and Brandon's Zach Wytinck would take a 2-minute holding penalty, bear hugging Mark Rassell off a partial breakaway.

After Brandon's' portion of the penalty expired, the Tigers would get a little bit too aggressive with only a couple seconds left in the penalty kill. Both defencemen would get caught in the corner throwing hits and that left an opening in the middle of the ice for Brandon. Stelio Mattheos would walk out from the corner and attempt a wraparound shot.  The puck would escape his grasp and  Ty Lewis was charging in from the point managed to beat an outstretched Hollet with a backhand shot.  2-1 Tigers.

Both teams would trade momentum. The Tigers managed to get a few very high-quality chances, including David Quenneville ripping one off the crossbar. Brandon, in turn, would respond with a couple chances off a power play and some sustained momentum late in the period.

With 3 minutes to go in the third Wheat King defenceman, Schael Higson would rip a point shot and Luka Burzan would deflect the puck right in front of Hollett. 2-2 TIE 

Notes:
We are seeing some old time hockey here. Both teams are hitting, and hitting hard any chance they can. David Quenneville must have eaten a few cans of spinach as he's thrown 7-8 big time hits through 2 periods of play.  One of the most exciting periods of hockey all year, both teams are going all out. The Tigers had control early, Brandon with more control late.


Third Period

Brandon continued their momentum right from the get-go. The Tigers would juggle their lines, but in this case , it would hurt them.  Cole Clayton pinched and no Tiger forward recognized this and turned back.  The result was that Brandon had an odd-man rush the other way. Connor Gutenberg would rip a shot top shelf and Brandon would take their first lead of the hockey game. 3-2 Brandon

The Tigers would start to unravel a bit. Veteran David Quenneville who was having such a good game, took a frustrating penalty, giving 3 straight un-necessary cross-checks to Wheat King Schael Higson.

 On the powerplay ,Schael Higson would take a shot from the point and Hollett lost track of it. Linden McCorrister was able to squeak past Kristians Rubins and poke the puck in for a 2 goal lead.
4-2 Brandon

Tigers would be unable to score with the goalie pulled and Stelio Mattheos would would find an empty-netter. Final Score 5-2 Brandon

Thoughts
Very exciting game. I thought up until Clayton took a slew-footing penalty in the second the Tigers were in the game and had the advantage. After that small period of hockey where Rassell was hauled down on a partial breakaway, and Brandon scored on their 4-minute powerplay, they took the game over and were clearly the better team from that point onwards. In the third period, it seemed every other rush was an odd-man rush for Brandon.  

A heartbreaker. The away team won for the first time in the series. The Tigers face a tough task of needing 2 straight victories to escape the first round of the playoffs.


Next Up 
Game 6 Sunday, April 1st in Dauphin

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Game Four: Tigers 2 @ Brandon 5 (Dauphin)

Brandon Wins 5-2
Series Tied 2-2

Links
WHL GameSheet - Whl Website
Wheaties cream Tigers 5-2, tie up series - CHAT News
Wheat Kings top Tigers to tie series at 2-2 - MH News
Wheat Kings even series at two games apiece - Brandon Sun

Pre-Game Notes
Baron Thompson - Serving Game 3 of 3 of his suspension
Tigers are switching to Michael Bullion for tonight's game.

Dan Baker - Draws in to replace the injuries to  Longo/Nassen/Macpherson
Apparently the Hotel the Tigers were staying at had a pipe burst and they had to scramble. They are spread out among 3 hotels in Dauphin. 

Tiger Injuries

Mason Shaw - Ridley mentioned they talk to him today and Minnesota hasn't assessed him yet.
Elijah Brown - Gametime decision and ended up starting the game but not finishing it. I don't remember seeing him in the third period.
Dylan Macpherson -Likely out for playoffs
Linus Nassen - Day-to-day not dressed tonight
Trevor Longo - Out for a while
James Hamblin - Broken wrist, I apologize I keep forgetting about him

Brandon Injuries
G Logan Thompson remains out of the lineup
F - Jonny Hooker is week to week


First Period
Brandon started the game buzzing around the Tigers zone for the first 7 minutes of the game.
After a tough shift Mark Rassell would come to the bench yelling at the team to pick their game up. The Tigers would get a little bit of momentum off a powerplay, but it was short-lived.

Brandon would get on the board first from an outstanding effort from 16yr old Ben McCartney. McCartney would outmuscle and strip Baxter Anderson off the puck down low. McCartney would attempt a pass out front and missed the first guy, but it found defenceman Daniel Bukac at the point who rifled a shot over Bullion's shoulder. 1-0 Brandon

Brandon would score another one a minute later. 16yr standout defenceman Braden Schneider backhanded a pass across the ice beyond the reach of 2 Tiger forwards over to Stelio Mattheos.  I think 2 Tiger defenceman just came off from a line change and were playing very deep in the zone. Mattheos was able to perform a little toe drag and use Dalton Gally as a screen right in the slot. That shot would beat Bullion in the same spot upstairs blocker side. 2-0 Brandon

Notes:
Brandon completely outclassed the Tigers in the first. This doesn't look good for them as they are being clearly outworked in every way and having lots of trouble generating any offense at all. Hoping they can figure something out for the second

Second Period
The Tigers would come out in the second period with a different lineup. I'm not sure if it was the second or third period when he left the game but I didn't see Elijah Brown on the ice in the third period.
Rassell White Ostir
Preziuso Chyzowski Jevne
Williams Haden Rybinski
Anderson Brown Lockner

  
That seemed to immediately make a difference as the play was a lot more even. The middle part of the period would see them trade powerplay chances, but it was Brandon who capitalized on their chances first.

Michael Bullion managed to stop a good cross-ice pass feed, but the puck sat in the crease. Cole Reinhardt was in between all 4 Tigers and jammed the puck into an open net. 3-0 Brandon

The Tigers would finally get on the board. Off a broken play, Caiden Daley would knock down a high deflected shot with his glove. Josh Williams, who was skating backwards in the slot, one-timed the puck which beat Dylan Myskiw low glove 3-1 Brandon 

Notes:
You can see the hate developing out there. Some frustrated players making hard hits. The Tigers finally found a way to play with Brandon but the puck luck doesn't seem to be on their side.


Third Period


The Tigers would come out with some jump but the puck luck would beBrandon'sdons Favor. A bad giveaway by Tyler Preziuso put the Wheaties up by 3.  Preziuso received a pass along the boards and passed it into the slot right on to an incoming Linden McCorrister who would beat Bullion five-hole.
 4-1 Brandon


The Tigers would get a lucky break that put them back into the hockey game. Goaltender Dylan Myskiw came out to play the puck behind the net and Mark Rassell came steaming in un-noticed. He stole the puck and put it into an empty net. 4-2 Brandon

Brandon again would gain some distance on the scoreboard, but this time it was a brain fart by the whole team.  Gunnar Wegleitner would skate end to end down the middle of the ice completely untouched by all 5 Tigers and beat Bullion stick side 5-2 Brandon   That was a bad goal from the Tigers standpoint. It looked like every Tiger on the ice thought somebody else was going to take the guy.

Thoughts

There is a lot of hate brewing out there. There were quite a few 2nd and 3rd shots being given out after a body check. I'm quite surprised we didn't see a fight develop during game 4, or a player going overboard and making a dangerous hit.

On a positive note, the Tigers learned how to start skating with Brandon late in the second. On a poor note, they made 2 bad mistakes that prevented any chance of a comeback.

Well, we knew this would be a Home Team type series coming in and it appears that is holding true.

Next Up
Friday, March 30th in Medicine Hat




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Game Three Tigers 3 @ Brandon 5 (Dauphin)

Brandon wins 5-3
Series: 2-1 Tigers

Links
The Parkland Welcomes the Wheat Kings - Westman Journal
Wheat Kings Battle Back - MH News
WHL GameSheet

Pre-Game Notes
Bobby Fox is back for tonight's game.
Brandon changed their lines up for this game

Injuries
Brandon's overage goaltender Logan Thompson was an injured scratch.
Brandon called up 16yr old Ethan Kruger to backup

Macpherson
Last update: Was listed as likely out for the playoffs. Supposed to have visited the doctor on Monday, but awaiting an MRI for official results

Mason Shaw
Super Curious about him. He was supposed to be in Minnesota on Monday. Eagerly awaiting his results.

Baron Thompson
Baron Thompson serving his 2nd of his 3 game suspension.

Brandon Line Combo Change
(Number)(Age)
(14)Ty Lewis(19)  (12)Stelio Mattheos(18) (27)Luka Burzan(17)
(26)LindenMcCorrister(19) (24)Connor Gutenberg(18) (25)Evan Weinger(20)
(23)Cole Reinhardt(17) (11) Caiden Daley(17)  (15) Rylan Bettens(17)
(22)Ben McCartney(16) (18) Marcus Sekundiak(17) (17)Gunnar Wegleitner(18)


First Period
This game started out very much like Game 2. Tigers with a strong couple shifts, followed by Brandon pressure. The Tigers puck luck would initially continue in the first period.

Wheat King Schael Higson would blow up his stick up from a point shot and skated to the Brandon Bench.  There seemed to be some confusion at the bench and a short moment later, the Tigers were coming down the ice on a 2 on 1.

Mark Rassell kept the puck and fired a high shot, blocker side past Dylan Myskiw 1-0 Tigers
After that Brandon had periods of pressure.

Kristians Rubins had just broken up the play and sent a quick pass up to Chyzowski. The puck would go through his legs and right onto Ty Lewis' stick.  With 8 seconds left in the period, Ty Lewis' made a little off-wing spin-o-rama move at the faceoff circle and managed to beat Jordan Hollett low stick side 1-1 TIE

Notes
Prime chances were about even, but Brandon looked to have more zone time.  That 8-second goal was a bit of a back-breaker. Brandon was largely playing 3 lines, with spot duty to the 4th, while the Tigers rolled all 4 lines.


2nd Period
Right off the faceoff Brandon would continue the pressure and get a breakaway chance.

The Wheaties would take their first lead of the series off a set play.  Off the blueline, Schael Higson would pass the puck to Linden McCorister who was stationary at center ice.  McCorister then made a quick pass over to Connor Gutenberg who was sneakily sweeping behind the net, and received the puck at the faceoff dots. Gutenberg was able to fire a quick shot that beat Hollett low glove.
2-1 Brandon

After that goal, the Tigers would wake up a little bit. The play would go back and forth with the refs needing to go upstairs to review a Tigers chance, while Brandon would fire one off the post.

Shortly after David Quenneville took an interference penalty the Tigers would swing the momentum their way. Off a broken play, Cole Clayton would curl a wrist shot into the slot. The puck bounced around and while Haden was skating backwards, he flicked the puck on net past a surprised Dylan Myskiw.  2-2 TIE

The rest of the period was a very scrambly affair with a ton of whistles and stoppages in play. Brandon would pressure the Tigers late, but nothing would come of it.

Notes:
Starting to see some scrums after the whistle. At this point in the game, I give Brandon the edge. They are outworking the Tigers and have had an edge in zone time. It feels like the Tigers are skating through mud. Brandon is doing a much better job with their defenceman taking away the Tigers space. Their forwards have been much more accountable in coming back into the defensive zone and have been playing with a lot of jump.

3rd period
Early in the period, the Tigers would lose their 3rd defenceman of the series. Trevor Longo took a hit from behind from Rylan Bettens and would crumple to the ice.  After the play stopped he was in quite some discomfort holding his wrist and left the game. There was no penalty on the play.  After that play the Tigers shortened their Defensive group to their top 4.

5 Minutes into the 3rd the Tigers would take the lead on the powerplay. Jaeger white would fan on a shot, but quickly recover, and shoot again.  3-2 Tigers

The Wheaties would respond immediately scoring 2 quick goals 18 seconds apart.

Dalton Gally would blow a tire at center ice and 16yr old Ben McCartney would fly around the outside of the rink past outstretched Tiger defenders.  McCartney would jaunt behind the net and slam in a lightning-quick wrap-around that caught Hollett by surprise. 3-3 TIE

Dauphin  Manitoba would start rocking. Off the rush, the Tigers defense would be caught flat-footed. Linden McCorister would fire a pass towards the front of the net and Evan Weinger had a step on David Quenneville racing to the front of the net. . Weinger layed out a slap at the puck and somehow the puck squeaked through Hollett. 4-3 Brandon

Despite the Tigers being down a goal, they were largely holding on for dear life.
Brandon kept coming and the Tigers were unable to pull the goalie or get any sustained pressure in the offensive zone.

Luka Burzan managed to get a step on Dalton Gally going wide. Perhaps a rookie Mistake but Elijah Brown left his man down the middle in favor of trying to help out Dalton Gally. Burzan recognized this and fed Ty Lewis streaking down the middle. Lewis would fire quick shot top shelf off Hollett who was deep in the net protecting against a possible wrap-around attempt
5-3 Brandon


Thoughts
Brandon was able to slow the Tigers down by playing solid defensively and holding their forwards accountable for getting back in time to defend. 

Brandon's defenceman was pinching in and closing space when needed (but this time largely at center ice) instead of the blueline to halt the Tigers speed.

Their forwards were making solid body contact and slowing down that 2nd forward. Their line combo changes also seemed to help.

I thought the Tigers struggled with their in-tight passes and usually, that's where they generate a lot of their speed through the neutral zone.

One big part of the Tigers game is keeping the puck away from Brandon. The past few games the Tigers would ring the puck around the boards or put it into places where there weren't any Brandon players. Tonight they didn't seem to be doing that as much.

Tough Luck as when Trevor Longo went down it looked bad. 3 Games and 3 defenceman lost.
If Nassen isn't ready to play wednesday Dan Baker might be drawing in.

Next Up
Wednesday 28th 6:30 MTN in Dauphin.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Game Two: Brandon 3 @ Tigers 7

Links
GameSheet
Rassell, Brown lead Tigers to 2-0 series lead over Wheat Kings - MH News
Rassell Guides Tigers 7-3 Victory - Chat News
Wheat Kings in trouble - Brandon Sun

Pre-Game Notes
Bobby Fox had to miss the game. He was in Calgary and his family had a new baby boy!. Congratulations to Bobby Fox & Family.

Wheat King Baron Thompson was suspended for his hit last game on Dylan Macpherson. The suspension is TBD. It looks like Macpherson won't be back for game 3 or 4.

Lineup Changes
Trevor Longo and Joel Craven drew in, over Nassen and MacPherson. Nassen from what I hear is day to day.

Mason Shaw
Expected to be in Minnesota Monday getting his knee tested.

Attendance
2943 - The lowest attended playoff game in some time.


First Period
Tigers came out hard for the first couple minutes, but Brandon made a few adjustments to their play.

Brandon was pressing The Tigers and using their defenceman to pinch in at the blueline and that was causing the Tigers some issues breaking out of their own end. Brandon had some good chances early off turnovers, and at one point had a 6 to 2 shot advantage.

A Great Shift by Ryan Chyzowksi saw him go end to end and fire a hard wrist shot past Logan Thompson. That shift seemed to wake the Tigers up, as Brandon would not get a shot on net during the last 9 minutes of play. 1-0 Tigers

The Tide definitely shifted as Brandon continually got caught with 3 forwards in deep and the Tigers quick transition made them pay. A point shot from David Quenneville and a powerplay goal by Mark Rassell put the Tigers up 3-0. Tigers would outshoot Brandon 13 to 6.


Second Period

Off a broken play, there was a scramble at the side of the net. Ben McCartney would attempt a quick wrap around, but the puck squirted loose into the opposite side of the slot. Marcus Sekundiak would receive a gift and poke-check the puck into the net. 3-1 Tigers

The Tigers would respond immediately. Mark Russell would make a nice move and squeak a puck in through the five-hole of Logan Thompson 19 seconds later. 4-1 Tigers

Brandon seemed to shoot themselves in the foot as they made a handful of nervous mistakes, including getting into penalty troubles. Brandon took 4 minor penalties during the second period and the Tigers finally were able to crack the PP.

Jaeger White made a seeing-eye pass through the slot over to Elijah Brown, who had a tap-in to put the Tigers up 5-1 Tigers.

Notes:
Cole Clayton looked really good on the 2nd PP unit and on the ice in general.
Brandon's Logan Thompson continues to look a little rusty. His timing is not quite on point
Brandon made quite a few nervous mistakes and at times were hearing footsteps.


Third Period


Brandon was able to generate some life shorthanded. David Quenneville bobbled a pass at the blueline and Connor Gutenberg was able to send Ty lewis racing away on a breakaway.  Lewis beat Hollett low glove side. 5-2 Tigers

Tigers again would respond quickly to Brandon momentum.  On the powerplay, Jaeger White attempted a pass and it went in off Chase Hartje's stick into the net 6-2 Tigers.

Brandons 4th line would continue to play well. Gary Haden was stripped along the boards and moments later Marcus Sekundiak would score his 2nd of the game 6-3 Tigers.

Moments Later the Wheat Kings would pull Logan Thompson. Thompson was limping in the crease while the Tigers were on the PP and forced to make some more butterfly style saves on a limping leg. The trainer would come out and pulled Thompson out of the game in favor of Dylan Myskiw.

The Tigers would finish the scoring of a bad Turnover from Ben McCartney pass into the slot. Josh Williams layed into a howitzer from the high slot. Final Score 7-3 Tigers

Notes:
The Tigers looked like they ran out of gas a bit in the 3rd period.


Thoughts
For a moment Brandon looked like the better team early in the game. It could have been a completely different story had they managed to score first.   Craven and Longo held their own minus the gaffe of Haden in the third period.

Cole Clayton has been huge stepping up for the Tigers. He has been getting top 4 minutes and his play has been exceptional for a 17yr old.

I thought most of the Tigers played well. Haden looked like he had an off night. The turnover he gave up was from lazy play.

The veterans were all playing well. The future looks bright seeing as the Tigers had 9 players who were 17 or younger in the lineup compared to Brandons 7.


Next Up
Tuesday, March 27th in Dauphin Manitoba


Friday, March 23, 2018

Game One: Brandon 2 @ Tigers 7

Series 1-0 Tigers

Links
Tigers Hunt Down Wheat Kings 7-2 -Tigers Website
Tigers blow out brandon to open post-season - MH News
Hoping For The Best:Tigers look to have Shaw back in series - MH News
Overage Wheat King players looking for long playoff run - Brandon Sun


WHL Game Sheet
Attendance: 3050

Brandon Wheat Kings
(Number)Name(Hockey Age)
 (14)Ty Lewis(19)
 (24)Connor Gutenberg(18)
 (25)Evan Weinger(20)
 (23)Cole Reinhardt(17)
 (12)Stelio Mattheos(18)
 (27)Luka Burzan(17)
(26)LindenMcCorrister(19)
 (11) Caiden Daley(17)
 (15) Rylan Bettens(17)
 (22)Ben McCartney(16)
(18) Marcus Sekundiak(17)
(28) Baron Thompson(18)

 (5) Schael Higson(19)
 (2)Braden Schneider(16)
(32) James Shearer(20)
(6) Chase Hartje(18)
 (29) Zach Wyntinck(18)
 (7)Daniel Bukac(18)

 (1) Logan Thompson(20)
 (35) Dylan Myskiw(18)
Ave Age: 18
*Brandon changed things in the 3rd

PP1: Wyntinck Mattheos Reinhardt Gutenburg Lewis
PP2: McCorrister Bukac Daley Weinger, Schneider
PK1: Higson, Schneider, Lewis, Gutenberg
PK2: Bukac, Shearer, Weinger, Thompson,


Medicine Hat Tigers
( Number)(Name)(Hockey Age)
(27) Mark Rassell(20)
(15) Elijah Brown(17)
(28) Bryan Lockner(17)
(22)Tyler Preziuso(18)
(29) Ryan Chyzowski(17)
(19) Ryan Jevne(19)
(17) Gary Haden(18)
(36) Jaeger White(19)
(11) Baxter Anderson(17)
(24) Josh Williams(16)
(12) Henry Rybinski(16)
(7) Hayden Ostir(18)


Kristians Rubins
David Quenneville 
Dylan Macpherson
Linus Nassen
Dalton Gally
Cole Clayton
*Quenneville double shifted early in the game
Clayton didn't see much ice until the back to back injuries

Jordan Hollett 18
Michael Bullion 20

Avg Age: 18.15

*Tigers changed things after Dylan Macpherson took a hit to the knee @ 9:33 1st period
* Linus Nassen also went out 4 minutes later. He looked fine one shift, then disappeared.
* Gary Haden moved back to defence


PP1: Rassal,Brown Ostir Nassen Quenneville
PP2: Jevne Chyzowski Rubins White Rubins
PK1: Chyzowski, Jevne  (Gally Rubins Quenneville)
PK2: Varied

Faceoffs
Corresponding Tiger players are the centreman who took draws against the bolded Brandon Opponent

Stelio Mattheos  10/18 = 55.5%
Ryan Chyzowski - 6/11 - 54.5%
Rybinski 1/2 - 50%
Elijah Brown 1/5 - 20%

Gutenberg  8/13 = 61.5%
Brown 4/7 =  57%
Chyzowksi 1/6 - 16.67%

Caden Daley 5/9 = 55.5%
White 2/3 - 66.7%
Chyzowski 1/2 - 50%
Williams 0/1 - 0%
Anderson 0/1 - 0%
Brown 0/1 - 0%
Rybinski - 0/1 - 0%

Marcus Sekundiak 5/9 = 55.5%
Anderson - 1/1 - 100%
Haden - 1/1 - 100%
Lockner 1/2 - 50%
Rybinski - 1/4 - 25%
White 0 /1 - 0%

Linden McCorister 5 1/5 = 20%
Chyzowski 2/2 - 100%
Rassell 1/1 - 100%
Rybinski1/1 - 100%
Brown 0/1 - 0%

Weinger 1/2 = 50%
Chyzowski 1/1 100%
Brown 0-1 0%

Reinhardt 0/1 = 0%
Rybinski 1/1 = 100%


Thoughts
The Tigers came out flying. The back to back goals they scored in the first period were very timely, as it was Immediately following losing both Dylan Macpherson and Linus Nassen.

Gary Haden stepped in to fill in as the 6th defenceman. Cole Clayton also played well stepping into more ice time.

There isn't really one guy we could single out as playing well. Everyone from Preziuso to Hollett played very strong games. Everything was clicking for them tonight and Brandon wasn't able to match the Tigers work ethic.

Home Team Goes The Spoils
If the Tigers want to win they need to win both games at home. Brandon is a much different team in their own barn. Let's hope they can come out with an effort just as strong on Sunday. Having an extra day off on Saturday instead of playing back to back might turn to benefit the Tigers depending on the status of Dylan and Linus.

The good thing is that the Tigers have both Joel Craven and Trevor Longo on the bench to step in if either can't go. I'm also curious if Daniel Baker has been called up after his season ended.