Thursday, March 31, 2011


WOWOWOWOW what a win! Tigers Defeat Brandon 5-4

The Tigers came out flat and spotted Brandon a 4-1 lead after one period of play. The second period remained scoreless however the Tigers took control of the game from the second period on. In the third period The Tigers would score 4 straight goals, including the game winning goal with 25 seconds left in the game.

Tonight the Tigers big guns finally made their way onto the scoresheet. Linden Vey with a big 4 point night, and Emerson Etem with a 3 point night.

Scoring Summary
1. BDN B. Melnychuk, (1) (M. Stone, S. Wiebe), 4:01 (PP)
1. BDN T. Seaman, (1) (J. Swyripa), 5:59
1. BDN M. MacKay, (2) (D. Toews, H. Gustafsson), 12:47 (PP)
1. M.H L. Vey, (3) (T. Carr, E. Etem), 15:42 (PP)
1. BDN S. Wiebe, (3) (M. Stone, S. Glennie), 17:45 (PP)
1. M.H K. Kessy, (1) (E. Etem, L. Vey), 18:13
3. M.H E. Etem, (1) (L. Vey, K. Kessy), 0:18
3. M.H J. Coyle, (2) (W. Hamilton, K. Tochkin), 15:14 (PP)
3. M.H L. Vey, (4) (C. Grbavac), 19:35

3 Stars
1. M.H - 26 Emerson Etem
2. M.H - 34 Kale Kessy
3. BDN - 1 Corbin Boes

Boston Leier was scratched tonight with an upper body injury. Dylan Businius was back in the lineup after a 1 game absence. Hunter Shinkaruk will be back in the lineup for game 5.

Bob Ridley Mentioned Tyler Bunz got back on the treadmill today so that is good news. However he may not be ready in time for game 5.

Game 5 Goes Saturday Night in Medicine Hat. Let's get the Arena Rocking!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shinkaruk suspended for Game 4

3/29/11---Hunter Shinkaruk---Medicine Hat---1 Game under supplemental discipline versus Brandon on March 28

Amount of games haven't been determined.

Tigers are facing a huge amount of adversity. Players getting injured, suspended, and a bunch of players are playing through various small injuries. Hopefully the Tigers can use this as a rallying point. If they can beat the hottest team in the league once they can do it again. I think the Tigers are now the underdog in this series.

Update: Shinkaruk's suspension is for 1 game.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tigers Big Guns Draw Blanks

Kale Kessy was out serving a one game suspension. Dylan Businius was out with a foot injury. Tyler Pitlick out with a broken ankle, Tyler Bunz is out with a concussion. Sam Dezman and Scott Ramsey are at home recovering from Concussions.

Wheat Kings Defeat Tigers 6-3.
Listened to both broadcasters tonight. Apparently the Tigers created lots of turnovers in the offensive zone, but couldn't bury those chances. Brandon's coach Kelly McCrimmon said the Wheat Kings didn't play well in the first two periods.

Tigers Top 5 offensive players in regular season

Linden Vey---------GP:3 Pts:2 ( 1 was empty netter) -2
Emerson Etem-----GP:3 Pts:1 assist -2
Wacey Hamilton--GP:3 Pts:0 -4
Kellan Tochkin----GP:3 Pts:0 -4
Tyler Pitlick: Injured

3 points in 3 games, and a combined -12. Bottom line the Tigers best players haven't been their best players.

Keep an eye on Luber's Lounge For More Brandon vs Tigers playoff Series Info

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tigers Defeat Wheaties 5-2

A better game by the whole team. Surprisingly Tyler Bunz was scratched tonight, out with an injury. I believe the Tigers expect him back for the next game.

First Period
The Tigers came out of the gate on fire. They kept wheat kings in their own end for the first 5 minutes of the game, and outshot them 6-0.

Thomas Carr would receive a nice pass in the slot area but rang iron. Sebastien Owooooyeah would work the arena crowd into a frenzy as he scored his first goal as a Tiger with a perfectly placed wrist shot in the lower right hand corner.

Kale Kessey would make a sneaky hit on a Brandon Defender. As the wheat King defender went around the back of the net Kessy cut across the net to meet him head on the other way. At the last second the Brandon player saw Kessey coming and turned around right as Kessy Laid into him. The Wheat King player then dropped to the ice and it looked like he was initially hurt pretty bad, but would get up and smirk at Kessy as Kessey was given a 4 minute penalty from checking from behind. Yeah it was a penalty but the ref bought the reaction and gave Kessey and extra 2 minutes.

Brandon took advantage early As Brandon jammed the net on the powerplay and stuffed a goal past Devan Dubyk. The ref initially didn't call a goal but after a review upstairs they deemed is was a good goal.

By the end of the first period the Tigers were on their heels. Brandon had turned around the momentum and outshot the Tigers 16-9. Devan Dubyk was playing very sharp. 1-1 Tie Game

Second Period
Finally the Tigers put together a team effort and started playing hockey like we expect them to. The Tigers would get goals From Dylan Bredo and Boston Leier. They would take a 3-1 lead into the third period. I thought the second period by far was their best period of playoff hockey.

Third Period
Two Tigers would crash into each other giving Brandon some room to work with the puck and Scott Glennie would score his second of the game. 3-2 Tigers.

Cole Grbavac would score an insurance goal, and Linden Vey cemented the empty netter to make it a 5-2 win.

Brandon had quite a bit of pressure in the Tigers zone, Including 2 power-plays in the first ten minutes of the third. Devan Dubyk would stand tall and stopped a variety of tricky shots in close.

A much better overall effort. Although I wasn't impressed with how many times the Tigers failed to get the puck out of their zone. They had quite a few situations where Tigers would fail to get the puck out 4-5-6 times in a row, and it gave Brandon a whole lot more opportunities to generate offense.

I thought Deven Dubyk played very good in net, he was seeing the puck real well. I thought Linden Vey despite scoring in back to back games hasn't performed to his capability However, Emerson Etem and Curtiz Valk both stepped up their games. I have
been very impressed with Valk so far during these first two games, and guys like Bredo, Mackay, Leier played very well.

I thought Owuya played well tonight. He was physical and stepped up a couple times making solid smart hits. I didn't like Kellan Tochkin or Jace Coyle's game, the floaters have returned to old habbits.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Brandon destroys Tigers 7-2

Ugly loss for the Tigers. The Tigers play with such extremes in their game it makes a fan extremely frustrated. They looked very nervous and hesitant, and their usual best players had games to forget.

I thought that only 5-6 players came to play playoff hockey: Thomas Carr, Emerson Etem, Wacey Hamilton, Hunter Shinkaruk, Curtis Valk played playoff hockey. Everyone else just put on a jersey and skated, and if the Tigers expect to win a playoff game let alone a playoff series, their going to need more than a line playing playoff hockey.

This was not a game where the Tigers played hard and got beat. This was a game where players weren't moving their feet and they weren't throwing hits. When the Tigers don't play physical and finish their hits, they usually stink up the joint like they did tonight.

Vey was frustrated, the defense wasn't communicating very well, and Tyler Bunz looked extremely nervous. Despite all that if one of their early "goalposts" had went in, it could have been a very different hockey game.

I hope in Tomorrow's game the Tigers come out with some fire, because it would be extremely disappointing to watch such a talented group of players become a team Tiger fans want to forget.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Tigers Vs Brandon Predictions

Tigers in 5
GAME1:Tigers 4-3 Result: 7-2 Brandon Win
GAME2:Tigers 3-2 OT Result 5-2 Tiger Win
GAME3:Tigers 5-2 Result 6-3 Brandon Win
GAME4:Brandon 7-2 Result 5-4 Tiger Win
GAME5:Tigers 4-1 Result 9-5 Tiger Win
Result: 7-5 Tiger Win

Pre Series Thoughts:

When Linden Vey is on his game stopping him is incredibly difficult. Brandon doesn't have the defensive skills to continually stop him therefore the Tigers should generate a decent amount of offense, and Brandon's top line will be playing a defensive game often.

The Tigers defense skills will come together during playoff time as everyone buys in. Brandon may get some good scoring chances, but the TIgers defense is adept at clearing away rebounds. Combined with strong goaltending from Tyler Bunz Brandon may find themselves suddenly hard pressed to score goals at even strength.

I could see the Tigers getting into penalty trouble on a few occasions, If brandon can make use of this they may be able to win another game or two.

Most important factor team systems play: The last game Brandon played against the Tigers with a very tight gap.

Saved at 11:53 Thursday March 24 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tigers Vs Brandon

Who's got the edge?

Last 20 Games
Brandon's last 20 games: .725 winning percentage
Tiger's last 20 games: .750 winning percentage

Home Record
Brandon: 22-10-0-4 .667 pct
Tigers: 24-9-1-2 ---.708 pct

Away Record
Brandon: 10-21-1-4 .347 pct
Tigers: 22-9-3-2 .681 pct

20 Goal Scorers
Brandon: 7
Tigers: 5

PPG Players

Scoring From Defensman
Brandon: 34 Goals 120 assists
Tigers: 30 Goals 132 assists

Goal-tending Team Save Percentage
Brandon: .885 2264 shots against
Tigers: .917 2244 shots against

Season Series
Brandon turned a corner late in the year. The last two games these two played against each other were 1 goal games, and since then Brandon has improved.

Thu Nov 11 Medicine Hat 2 Brandon 5 Final
Tue Nov 23 Brandon 1 Medicine Hat 7 Final
Sat Jan 29 Brandon 3 Medicine Hat 4 Final
Fri Feb 11 Medicine Hat 5 Brandon 6 Final OT

Expect the first round to be a nail biter.


Overall I'd give an advantage to Brandon with having a little more depth in their scoring department, especially with the Tigers Tyler Pitlick not playing. Their power-play is extremely deadly at 23.3% but they also lead the league in shorthanded goals against with 15. Both teams seems to get the same amount of offense from their defensman, and more-so rely on their forwards to score. Former Tiger Matt Mcakay will be heavily trying to knock any kind of finishing blow on his former team.

Goaltending & Defense
Advantage Tigers in goaltending, slight advantage in defense.

Both Teams faced a similar amount of shots against and Brandon allowed 75 more goals. Brandon's defence is really young. Their age breakdown as follows.
19 - 1
18 - 1
17 - 3
16 - 2

I think the Tigers have a big advantage in net, however I'm curious to see how the Tigers can play in their own zone when push comes to shove. In years past they seem to come together when playoffs hit, although a couple players are randomly prone to overlook the puck and make bad giveaways. The Tigers will need to try and intimidate Brandon's defense early with speed and by playing physical.

How will Brandon's younger goaltending defense and Penalty Killing hold up against the leagues top scorer?

Brandon's road record this year is poor at just .347 winning percentage, can they steal a game in Tigers-Town?
Can Brandon shut down Linden Vey and Emerson Etem without taking penalties? You can bet that Brandon will be scouting the video of these two players heavily and trying to key on them. As Brandon stands a good chance at winning if they can shut these two-powerhouse forwards down.

Can the Tigers play a solid 60 minute game without giving way to an offensive outburst from an offensive team like Brandon?
Will the Tigers be able to press their advantage over Brandon's leagues 2nd worst Penalty kill (74.9%)?
Can the Tigers shut-down Brandon's offense? (Brandon's Mark stone hit 106 points)
Can the Tigers get secondary scoring consistently throughout each game?
Can the Tigers up their physical game?

I made a prediction but I saved it as a blog draft. When the series ends I will post it and link to it.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Linden Vey Wins WHL scoring Title

Linden Vey managed an assist tonight bringing his point total to 116 points.

His closest WHL competitor is Spokane's Tyler Johnson. Johnson recorded 2 points against Portland tonight to put him 1 point behind Linen Vey.

Ridley mentioned the last Tiger to win the scoring title was Tom Lysiak in the 71-72 and 72-73 seasons.

Edit: Apparently Vey is also the CHL leading scoring as well. No player had more than 116 points. Although the OHL and QMJHL only play 68 games.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Scoreboard Watching

Friday Games
Unfortunately Red Deer Defeated Edmonton Tonight. That means the Tigers can no longer reach 2nd place in the conference.

Kootenay Also won tonight, which means the Tigers will just need 2 out of 4 points against the pair of Calgary games to secure 3rd place.

It is looking likely that the Tigers will finish as the 3rd seed. If that does happen they will play the 6th seed, and their is a furious battle for that 6th seed as Brandon is 2 points ahead of Edmonton each with 1 game left. (Edmonton holds the Tiebreaker.)

Tomorrow Brandon plays Moose Jaw
Edmonton Plays Red Deer
Tigers play Calgary.
Tigers Will Play Brandon in Round 1

Brandon's Building is booked for Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Road Games will be played in the MTS Center in Winnipeg. That will make for a loooong trip.

Series Schedule
Game 1 - Fri Mar 25 7:30 PM Brandon @ Medicine Hat
Game 2 - Sat Mar 26 7:30 PM Brandon @ Medicine Hat
Game 3 - Mon Mar 28 7:30 PM Medicine Hat @ Brandon (Winnipeg)
Game 4 - Thurs Mar 31 7:30 PM Medicine Hat @ Brandon (Winnipeg)
Game 5 - Sat Apr 2 7:30 PM * Brandon @ Medicine Hat
Game 6 - Mon Apr 4 7:30 PM * Medicine Hat @ Brandon (Winnipeg)
Game 7 - Wed Apr 6 7:00 PM * Brandon @ Medicine Hat

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tigers Defeat Lethbridge Without Vey and Hamilton

In tonight's game against Lethbridge, Wacey Hamilton, and Linden Vey sat out, along with Cole Grbavac, Tyler Pitlick, Scott Ramsay, and Sam Dezman.

Despite Having a huge chunk of offense of the lineup, the Tigers came away with a big 5-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Ridley mentioned that the whole team played really well again.

I'm assuming the Vey/Hamilton thing was just giving them some healing time for bumps and bruises. As Vey looked pretty good scoring that overtime winner to end the game last night. I noticed Wacey Hamilton took a weird hit in second period against Red Deer and it seemed to slightly affect him, Although he did play the rest of the game so hopefully its nothing too serious.

Edit: Linden Vey has the flu, and Wacey Hamilton has an Upper Body Injury

Ridley mentioned that Cole Grbavac should be good to go for Tuesday's game against the Kootenay Ice. Dezman is out for the year, and it sounds like Scott Ramsay may be out for an extended time period as well, its unknown if he will be able to recover in time to help for the playoff run.

Scoreboard Watching
Unfortunately Red Deer defeated the Broncos to keep 2 points up on the Tigers. Rebels play Calgary tomorrow for their 3rd game in 3 nights.

The Tigers need a combination of 1 Tiger victory or 1 Kootenay loss to clinch at least third place.

Edmonton lost, and Brandon won tonight, Giving Brandon a 3 point cushion on 6th place, however Edmonton has a game in hand.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tigers With Huge 3-2 OT Victory Over Rebels

Incredible Victory tonight. It was a playoff type game right from the start. I thought the Tigers had more offensive zone time and looked better overall compared to previous rebel Vs Tiger games I have watched.

The Rebels seemed to get frustrated early. After a scoreless first ten minutes Red Deer started giving out extra shots and more interference. Eventually it got to a point where the refs had to start calling something, and in the second period the Tigers were rewarded with a lot of power-play time for staying disciplined.

However it was the rebels who scored 2 power play goals. Both shots in tight and over Bunz' shoulder.

The Tigers had trouble getting their powerplay going until the 3rd or 4th chance. The Tigers like to carry the puck into the zone and the Rebels were stacking 4 guys on the blueline, forcing them to dump and chase.

The Tigers had two very Important forwards out of the lineup and they gave more ice-time to guys like Reid Petryk, Boston Leier, Curtis Valk, Scott Mackay, and Kale Kessy. I liked How Boston Leier won a lot of small battles, and how Petryk is becoming a Cole Grbavac along the boards with very good puck control.

I thought Linden Vey and Emerson Etem both brought their "A" game. They were fighting the interference and making small moves where every-time a rebel put out an arm or stick they were switching directions or using the Rebels defenders momentum against them.

I was amazed on how they created an impressive breakaway from a 2 on 2 against the Rebels top shutdown pair late in the game.

I thought the 4th line continues to play phenomenal, they are outperforming the oppositions 3rd, 4th, and sometimes even second line on a regular basis. I thought Thomas Car had a real good solid steady game. Kellan Tochkin has upped his game in the last two weeks. I thought Coyle, Businius had so-so games.

With the point the Rebels maintain a 2 point lead over the Tigers. So the Tigers will need some help from other teams to catch 2nd place. The rebels remaining schedule is against calgary, swift current, and 2 against Edmonton.

The Tigers play calgary twice, lethrbidge once and Kootenay once.

It's looking more and more like the Tigers will either face, Edmonton, or Brandon in the first round. Brandon won and Edmonton lost tonight so if the Tigers cant catch Red Deer they may be facing a red hot Brandon Wheat King team in the first round.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


The Ottawa Senators announced today the club has signed free-agent forward Wacey Hamilton to a three-year entry-level contract.

Hamilton, 20, is currently his fourth season with the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers. In 65 games this season, he has scored 20 goals and recorded career highs in assists (52), points (72) and penalty minutes (113). Hamilton has served as the Tigers’ team captain in each of the last two seasons.

The 6-0, 177-pound centre has scored 61 goals, added 131 assists and recorded 372 penalty minutes in 232 career games with Medicine Hat. In 28 career playoff games, he has totalled five goals and eight assists.

The native of Cochrane, Alta., played one season for the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks in 2006-07 before being acquired by Medicine Hat in trade with the Vancouver Giants prior to the 2007-08 season.
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Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce this afternoon 20-year-old team captain Wacey Hamilton has signed an entry level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.

The native of Cochrane, AB said, “It's a very exciting time for myself but I'm happy to get it kind of over and done with to just allow myself to focus on the team and going deep into the playoffs.”

“It's been a long time coming. My first couple seasons were pretty tough but I kept pushing and working towards signing a contract and today is bittersweet as far as proving a lot of people wrong. Hopefully my story can sort of inspire some other kids who go under the radar for a long time and remind them to keep pushing towards their goals,” stated Hamilton.
Tigers Captain #36 Wacey Hamilton

Wacey is in the midst of another tremendous year for the Tigers. Through 65 games this season, he is averaging over a point-per-game with 20 goals and 52 assists. His consistent play and impressive totals made Hamilton a valued commodity in NHL circles.

“There were other teams that offered sort of the same thing but we felt Ottawa was a really good fit. They are kind of rebuilding right now, so maybe there's a bit more of an opportunity to get called up and make an impact at a younger age. In the end my family and agent and I all felt it was the best fit,” commented Hamilton.

“Now that it's done, I can finally get back to work. Everyone around the organization knows that the players have two goals, and that's to sign a pro contract and win the championship and the Memorial Cup. So now that I have one of those out of the way I'm hungry to work towards a long playoff run and winning a championship.”

Hamilton debuted for the Tigers as a 17-year-old in the 2007-08 season. That year he notched 32 points, appearing in 63 games with the club despite battling a barrage of injuries. The next season, the injury bug caught Wacey again, forcing him to miss much of the season.

Still, the Tigers knew Hamilton had plenty of heart and skill, with moxie to spare, and he was named team captain for the 2009-10 season. Wacey responded with a breakout season, tallying 24 goals and 47 assists for 71 points. He also represented team WHL in the Subway Super Series where he scored on a pass from fellow Tigers teammate Linden Vey.

“Our owners, the Masers, have given me the opportunities and the tools I needed to be successful in the WHL and they've been outstanding as far as supporting the team, so I'd like to thank them first and foremost.”

Added Hamilton, “Willie Desjardins was huge for me. I probably wouldn't be a Medicine Hat Tiger if he didn't make the trip up to my house a few summers ago to recruit me. He gave me a lot of opportunity as far as ice time and development and stuff like that.

Hamilton also thanked his agent, his family, and his teammates along with everyone in the Tigers’ organization.

“I think it's a great day for Wacey, said Tigers’ general manager Brad McEwen. “You see a young guy that's worked his tail off to become what he is and that's probably his best quality. He's a great team guy, he’s got all the qualities that make players and teams successful.”

McEwen also noted that Hamilton's work ethic is what sets him apart from the competition. “He approaches everything...practices, workouts, games all with a professional attitude and wants to get better and you see the results. He was not a high profile guy when he came into our league and he's made himself into what he is and we're just real excited about the opportunity that he has.”

“He brings a workmanlike attitude everyday to practice and games and I'm sure that's what they see. He can help them build depth in their organization and I think they got a real good one. We wish Wacey all the best on his professional career with Ottawa.” concluded McEwen.

Congratulations Wacey.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tigers 4-2 Victory Over the Rebels Proves Costly

The Tigers had a rough trip back to the Hat, apparently their bus broke down and they didn't get back to town until 8:00 am this morning.

Chat News Just mentioned on TV that Tyler Pitlick will be out until at least the 2nd round of the playoffs(month) with a broken ankle. Apparently Cole Grbavac also suffered a Concussion in red deer.

Tough break for the Tigers, Pitlick and Grbavac are huge pieces to the Tigers puzzle

The good news is that Matt Konan and Jace Coyle are nearing return. It was mentioned that Konan may be ready for this upcoming weekend games.

Scott Ramsay is still out week to week with a concusion, as is Sam Dezman