Friday, December 20, 2013

Shinkaruk Released By Team Canada

Hunter Shinkaruk and defenceman Damon Severson were released after Team Canada Defeated Finland 4-2 in exhibition play.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tiger Aquire Goaltender Christopher Tai

Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers announce this morning they have made a trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the services of 18-year-old goaltender Christopher Tai. The Wheat Kings will receive a conditional pick in the 2015 bantam draft from the Tigers.

The move to bring Tai onto the roster is a result of Czech-born goalie Marek Langhamer leaving for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships next week. Tai is expected to report to the Tigers on Monday.

Basically just a cover for When Langhamer is gone to the World Juniors. Tai was acquired by Brandon from Lethbridge to help fill in for the injured Starter Curtis Honey who has just returned.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Rebels Defeat Tigers 2-1

This was as good as a loss as a loss could be....if that makes sense.

The Rebels Patrik Bartosak stood on his head and stopped 37 of 38 Tiger shots.

Even though this was a loss I thought the Tigers played very well, and 9 times out of 10 would have won that game and deserved a much better fate. They controlled large periods of play and were overall the better team.

I saw some little things on the ice that I really liked. The forwards were more poised entering the offensive blue-line and created some high quality chances.

The Tigers won a lot of the one on one battles and their powerplay was A LOT BETTER. They had way better puck movement and created a bundle of chances with it. I like how Shinkaruk and Valk were split up and both guys were creating chances making it harder to defend against.Shinkaruk was getting double shifted even though it was his 3rd game in 3 nights playing with Team WHL in the Russia super series.

I hope the Tigers can continue to play the way they played tonight because they started to look like a team that should be on top of the league. And not just an above average team taking advantage of a mediocre conference.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tigers Defeat Brandon 4-3 OT

OverTime Victory
First overtime win for the Tigers in 4 tries this season. Fortunately for the Tigers I thought the chance came off of a bad call by the refs late in the third period. Dylan Bredo was doing all he could to get by Brandon Defender Ryan Pulock. Pulock was able to catch Bredo in mid stride and put him into the boards.

Boarding by definition is very generic, and interpreting the rules can differ  upon the person, but I don't believe Bredo was defenseless as he was driving to the net.  Pulock did catch Bredo is an awkward position but he also put himself there tiring out after a long rush up the ice.

I thought that was a bad call by the ref, but it resulted in a 4 on 3 powerplay in overtime for the Tigers in which Tommy Vannelli was able to blast home the OT Winner.

A lot of close calls last night. A Game that had lots of missed opportunities for both teams. One hand I thought the Tigers were flat in parts of last nights game. On the other hand It has been rare to see a late game comeback from the Tigers and they did that last night!

The Arena was kinda empty tonight. A weekday game on a cold night I think a lot of people decided to stay home. On the plus side I noticed the Arena staff finally put some new tunes into the lineup.

Plays that Caught my Eye
Jacob Doty - Almost had a highlight reel goal with a rush up the ice putting on a couple moves and trying a wrap around coming close to stuffing the puck in.

Doty also knocked a guy over from behind the net lightly into the boards. He had 3 wheat kings on him trying to goad him into something. It left the front of the net wide open for Markus Eisenschmid to score which was a big factor in the Tigers comeback. I thought it was great that Doty recognized this and held away from the rough stuff as it might have made the ref blow his whistle.

Miles Koules
6 Goals in 5 games he is currently the Hottest Tiger on the Ice.

Top Guns Remain Quiet

Shinkaruk is on a goal scoring drought. He hasn't scored a goal in his last 5 games. Shinkaruk is 2nd on the Tigers for Penalty Minutes a game.

Curtis Valk only has 1 goal in his last 9 games..... I did see signs from Valk that his game is about to take-off. Last Night he had more jump into his game and created some opportunities with his shiftyness.

Markus Eisenschmid
Their hasn't been a whole lot of talk about the German Import this season but his game is getting a lot better.  He started off the season with 3 points in 15 games. He has 5 points in his last 9 games, including a big goal Last night.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tigers Defeat Calgary 3-2 SO

The start to this game was weird you would think there was a full-moon. Daniel Wapple got his second straight start. I think this was because Marek Langhamer got injured during the third period of his last game. Their was a play where he reached side to side, and it looked like he tweaked something.

First period
Hunter Shinkaruk got the Calgary Hitmen on the board first....yes you read that right...A Hitmen shot had a rebound pop out into the slot. Shinkaruk gave the puck a whack and popped the puck through Daniel Wapple's Five-Hole....1-0 Hitmen..Calder Brooks got credited with the goal.

A few moments later one of the Tigers Defenceman let a wrist shot go from the point.  The puck hit one post....bounced through the crease..hit the other post.....and out the otherside, past sanford who was right there but the puck was bouncing.

On the powerplay Shinkaruk would redeem himself a little. Off the half-wall Miles Koules fired a shot on net. The puck hit Chris Dreidger but the replay showed the puck was still headed  into the net, but Shinkaruk slammed it in for good measure. 1-1 TIE

As Usual the Tigers had quite a few prime chances, but only converted on one chance.

2nd Period
The Tigers had a lot of borderline calls go against their way which has been a theme the last few games.

....Vannelli got called for a phantom tripping penalty after a Hitmen player lost an edge behind the net. Trevor Cox got called for goaltender interference when Driedger went skating to play a puck and Cox tried to gain advantageous body positioning which knocked the goalie over......

The Hitmen failed to score on the ensuing 5 on 3 and it gave the Tigers some life.

Halfway through the second period the Tigers would take the lead. Off the facebook Cole Sanford would grab the puck along the boards. He passed it out front to Trevor Cox who was closely watched by Josh Thrower. Cox was able to get a one-timer off which beat Driedger Glove side. 2-1 Tigers

The Calgary broadcasters are mentioning that the Officials are being pretty stingy toward counting shots on net.

The Hitmen really turned on their jets toward the end of the second Period

3rd Period
I thought the Tigers played really good defense and didn't give the Hitmen man quality chance as they were pressing really hard.

The Hitmen were able to tie the Game with 10.3 seconds left with the goalie pulled. Valk got his stick on a pass and a Hitmen defender put a soft knuckle puck shot low on the ice around Shinkaruk. Their was 4 hitmen around the crease and only 1 Tiger in Dylan Bredo. Wapple stopped the first rebound, but Kenton Helgeson potted the 3rd chance. 
2-2 TIE

Hunter Shinkaruk got absolutely crushed from a hit from Kenton Helgeson. The Tigers got no chances on the  ensuing powerplay. They had to then kill off a penalty as Dylan Bredo received a phantom hooking call after lifting a stick on a rush by a Hitmen Forward. Daniel Wapple made some HUGE stops to keep the Tigers in the game.

Shinkaruk was stopped with a an easy cross ice blocker save.
Radel Fazleev wwent overtop of the net on a deke where he went wide with Wapple down.
Curtis Valk put on a show with a variety of moves scoring stick side on Driedger.
Greg Chase was stopped by a glove save by Daniel Wapple
Tommy Vannelli lost control of the puck and got a weak shot along the ice
Pavel Padakin rang a shot off the iron.

Tigers Win 3-2 in a Shootout

I really don't like Hunter Shinkaruk on the penalty kill, or on the ice in his own zone late in the game. I feel like their are many other players better suited to defend in the Tigers own zone.

I thought the Tigers played really well in their own zone late in the second and third periods when the Hitmen were pressing. They had a bundle of scoring chances they didn't capitalize on, and that seems to be the theme in the early going.

Daniel Wapple was the reason the Tigers got the extra point. The Tigers powerplay struggled in overtime with the 4 on 3 situation and Calgary had the better of scoring chances during the Tigers powerplay, and then had a few really good chances on their own powerplay.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spokane Defeats Tigers 5-4 OT

EDIT: Linden Vey Called Up
He will be making his NHL debut Thursday night when LA takes on Buffalo.

I thought the Tigers could have won this game. I thought they had better prime chances to score. Spokane was very opportunistic on their chances.

Overall I liked the play of Tommy Vanelli, Kyle Becker, Ty Stanton, and Matt Staples on the back-end. I thought the defense played pretty well with  breaking out of their own zone. Instead of starting the play behind the net or rifling the puck up the boards, there was a lot more skating out and starting the play from the high slot area, or jumping into the play to be the 4th outlet pass option, which gave the forwards a full head of steam receiving passes instead of having to slow down and maneuver passed players at their own blueline.

Tyler Lewington
Was not on the Ice in the third period. He took a big unexpected hit and left the game. As a result Kyle Becker, and Ty Stanton received a ton more ice-time and they both handled it really well. I thought both showed some signs of fatigue later in the game. It was a good thing the Tigers dressed 7 defenceman however Scott Allan still didn't have much ice-time and got pegged with 2 minor penalties.

Chippy Game
I thought the Tigers played a pretty chippy game with Spokane finishing their hits, and in turn Spokane started getting chippy too.  I thought their were points in the game where the Tigers tried to play with the tough guy type mentality and their game-plan squeaked off the tracks.

Undisciplined Penalties
I loved that the Tigers were more aggressive but they took it a bit too far with some over the top uncalled for penalties.

Cole Sanford was a bit snake-bit lately but he broke his 4 game goal scoring drought. He could have had a hat-trick tonight as he missed 2 very high quality scoring chances.

Made me cringe when Cole Sanford received an accidental tripping penalty wit 15 seconds left in the game. The Tigers could have went into overtime with a minute 4 on 3 powerplay...Instead it was 3 on 3 play and then they were down 4 on 3 for 45 seconds.....They managed to kill the penalty off after spokane thought the game was over........Amid a scramble there was a spokane player in the crease and langhamer couldn't get over to block a shot..hence the goal was called off.

It didn't matter though as Spokane scored the winner 10 seconds later after Miles Koules was stripped off the puck in the neutral zone by Spokane's Mitch Holberg for a 2 on 1. Holmbert showed why he is the whl scoring Leader with a deep toe drag and still managed to roof the puck over Langhamer...Kyle Becker was up along the boards trying to be a passing outlet option but it looked like he caught an edge or something momentarily which let Spokane go in on the odd man rush.

I was happy with the progress the Tigers made with their breakouts in their own end.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tiger Stats

Playing around with some stats. Didn't take into account the last game played against Tri-City. Your probably not interested in it, but I'll post it anyway.

Home PP: 13 for 45   =28.9%
Road PP:  5 for 30  =  16.7%

AVG 5 PP/Game at home =    1.4 PP Home Goals A Game
AVG  4.3 PP/Game on Road = .71 PP Road Goals A Game

Conclusion: The Tigers generate a slightly lower amount of powerplays on the road, and their road powerplay is half as efficient as to what they can do at home.

Penalty Kill
HOME PK   7/36   80.6%
AWAY PK   5/24  79.2%

Home AVG PK's: 4
Away AVG PK's: 3.42

Conclusion: The Tigers are more disciplined on the road.  Their penalty kill is consistently average.

5 Game Trending
I created a Goals For, and Goals against Modifier based on the overall teams play of how many goals they score at home and on the road. The Tigers currently score 15% more goals at home. Likewise  the Tigers give up .03% more goals at home than on the road, basically negligible. I also assigned a base modifier on strength of schedule.

The Overall WHL Average is a .549 winning percentage based on extra points generated off of overtime. I applied the scheduler modifier once on each 5 game chunk instead of every game as I didn't take into account the winning percentage of the other team at the time the game was played, and playing 2 .500 teams is different than playing a very good team and a poor team, and how I calculated the modifier is pretty confusing, and it could be calculated a million different way.

Basic Stats No  Modifiers
Games 1-5      GF/Game: 4.4   GA/Game:2
Games 6-10   GF/Game: 3.8   GA/Game:2.4
Games 10-15  GF/Game 3.8   GA/Game: 3.8

Home/Away Modifer
Games 1-5      GF/Game: 4.28   GA/Game:2
Games 6-10   GF/Game: 3.59   GA/Game:2.57
Games 10-15  GF/Game 3.83   GA/Game: 3.81

Home/Away and Strength of Schedule Modifier with other trending stats
Games 1-5      GF: 3.64   GA:2.36    Record 4-1        PP:8/26=30.8% PK17/20=85%
Games 6-10   GF: 3.68   GA:2.50     Record 3-1-1-0 PP5/24=20.8%   PK19/25=75%
Games 10-15  GF: 3.85   GA 3.79    Record 3-2       PP4/20 - 20%      PK 8 /11=72%

Even strength 
Games 1-5: GF:14       GA:7
Games 6-10: GF:14     GA:7
Games 10-15: GF: 15  GA:16

Almost identical Even strength goals. Big difference in goals against even strengt during the last 5 game chunk, more than double.



Interesting that both goalies play very well one day, then ok the next start, and back and forth.I could do a lot more calculations into this, and strength of the oppositions offense is a huge factor not calculated here. I would like to do that calculation but don't have the time today.

But the graph suggests that Wapple had a very strong start and is slowly cooling off over time.. Langhamer had a big up and down start but is slowly trending upwards.

The Tigers are giving up more goals. These numbers suggest with less times shorthanded they are being more cautious defensively but giving up more goals overall. Numbers suggest that they may need to work on their overall defensive game at even strength and be a little more aggressive, while trying to maintain not giving up as many short-handed situations.

Even though the amount of goals scored is similar. Based on the Home/Away and strength of schedule modifier their offense has been slightly improving.

So 16 games in their defensive game even strength which was a strong point hasn't been as strong lately.

While their offense seems fairly consistent, their road power-play has been pretty terrible. They have shown big improvement on their overall discipline, but are still giving up a few too many powerplay goals.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tigers Defeat Blades 4-3

Scratches: Scott Allan, Hunter Shinkaruk, Spenser Jensen, Alex Mowbray

First Period
Blades come out pretty aggressive. Right from the Get-go they are working harder, and winning a good portion of one on one battles.

Tigers Cole Sanford stopped on a short-handed breakaway.

The Tigers get on board first with a miscue from the Blades Goaltender Alex Moodie. Miles Koules stripped Moodie of the puck behind the net and fed Blake Penner out front. The puck bounced in off Penner's Skate and after a review deemed a good goal. 1-0 Tigers

After that it was all Blades.

Their first goal saw them use really quick transition to catch a couple forwards and Dman napping creating a 2 on 1. Nikita Scherbak put on a nice move on Daniel Wapple cutting across the crease 1-1 TIE

3 Minutes later Scherbak would pot his second goal on a miscue from Wapple. Wapple went behind the net to play the puck but left thinking the Tigers Dman was going to get it.....It left Nathan Burns scooping the puck from behind the net, passing the puck out front, and missing its intended target, but found Scherbak streaking in and he rifled it over the blocker side shoulder of wapple. 2-1 Blades

A minute and a half later Steven Owre's  errant pass up the middle to a defenceman in the offensive zone was scooped up by Nick Zajac. On a 2 on 2 Zajac went deep into the Tigers end behind the net and passed it to Ryan Coghlan. Gavin Broadhead missed a wide open pokechek allowing Coghlan some time to step into the high slot and snap a shot off the post and in . 3-1 Blades

Blades outworked the Tigers and won a lot of 1 on 1 battles. Tigers don't seem like mentally they are in this game. Blades outshot the Tigers 10-8

2nd Period
Tigers start off the period with a powerplay. It doesn't take long before Tommy Vannelli fires a one-timer on net. Curtis Valk managed to get his stick on a bouncing puck and putting it past Moodie. 3-2 Blades

The Tigers keep coming and strike a minute later. Tyler Lewington put a seeing eye shot through traffic past Alex Moodie 3-3 TIE

Blake Penner Vs Nick Zajac
Penner took exception to a borderline hit he received in front of the blades bench. Couldn't see anything as the fight was directly in front of the Blades bench and the players were blocking the way.

 Halfway through the second after some good pressure Tyler Lewington fired a hard slapshot on net. The puck gets deflected a couple times with Steven Owre getting the last deflection in.
4-3 Tigers

Tigers outshoot the Blades 21-6 in the Period. A Total 180 from the first period as they stepped on the gas and have the blades on the ropes.

3rd Period
Tigers started the period right where they left off with a bundle of early chances, but they couldn't bury anything.

Blake Penner left the game with an injury. He tried to scoot in between the boards up the rush trying to avoid an oncoming hit. The blades Defencman suprised him closing the gap really quickly and it looked like his skate caught an edge and temporarily stuck in the ice causing him to fall awkwardly like his leg bent backward along the boards. I didn't see him back on the ice after that.
Miles Koules vs Clayton Kirichenko
Not sure how this started but it was behind the play. It was pretty much a wrestling/grappling match as they fell to the ice. Draw  This was both players first whl fight...

The Tigers are getting a lot of fairly good chances. A lot of plays where they are getting partial wood on some good chances. Daniel Wapple stopped a couple key blades chances near the end of the period.

It kinda felt like their was a big 3 point circle around the blades goal and whenever the Tigers entered this zone, pucks started wobbling, passes were not on the mark, and they were holding their sticks too tight.

The Tigers had a TON of scoring chances but they weren't quite complete fully in control chances. They came out flat in the first period, but did ebough damage in the second period to come out with the win!

Next Up: Friday @ the Arena against Tri-City

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tigers Defeat PA 3-1

Shinkaruk out with his "hip" injury.
Spenser Jensen and Ty Stanton out with the flu

1st Period
Tigers got out to a pretty good start. The Raiders took a couple penalties and it gave the Tigers a 53 second 5 on 3.

On the power-play Curtis Valk fed Tommy Vannelli at the far side. Vanelli fed Doty a pass in the slot and it caught the goalie going the other way. Not sure If Doty got a stick on it, but the puck bounced off his skate and trickled into the net. 1-0 Tigers

Tigers outshot PA 15-5 in the period. The Tigers only really got caught in their end once. The Tigers coaches must have gotten on the Tigers for protecting their goalie, because any Raider that comes near Langhamer is getting roughed up quickly. Could have easily been a 3-0 game at this point.

2nd Period
The Raiders came out with a big push. They had a few chances and were in the Tigers zone quite a bit during the first few minutes. It was a long blueline shot that caught Langhamer napping. 1-1 TIE

Late in the period the Tigers started pressing. Tyler Lewington was fed a cross ice pass and took a big slapshot from the top of the faceoff circle. He managed to get a lot of air on the shot quite quickly and it took the goalie by suprise flying over his blocker.  2-1 Tigers

Tigers outshot the Raiders 23-7. Tigers had a some good chances and threw a lot of longer shots on net

3rd Period
The Raiders thought they scored after a rebound popped up above Langhamer. A Raiders player knocked it into the net with a high-stick. Ref Immediately waved the play off.

Tyler Lewington vs Chance Braid

Chance Braid laid a high hit from behind on Chad Labelle. Lewington took exception to this and challenged Braid.  Braid landed a big punch surprising Lewington and knocked him off his balance. Just as he regained his balance the refs stepped in. TKO for Braid.

Empty Netter. The Tigers had a 3 on 1 with an empty net, but an errant pass ended that chance. Instead the Raiders got some more time in the Tigers end. CUrtis Valk flicked a puck down the ice as he got hit and scored. 3-1 Tigers.

PA outshot the Tigers 12-11 in the period.

Tigers outshot PA 49-22 overall.

 Cole Cheveldave stopped a lot of high quality chances and kept the raiders in this game. I thought the Tigers had a lot of passes in the feet, and just ahead or behind them. They threw a lot of shots on the net from everywhere, and whiffed on 4-5 prime chances that could have been easy goals. Overall they played pretty hard, and stepped up their game after the Raiders tied it on an errant shot from the blueline.

Next Up: Rematch with Saskatoon Wednesday Night. Then back here against Tri-City Friday.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tigers Defeat Blades 6-4

A Few Observations

Leadership seems to be coming from the Coaches. A perfectly placed Timeout after two quick Blades goals got the Tigers out of their funk and they recovered from a 3-1 deficit.

I thought Chad Butcher had a helluva game, and I like the Improvement that Matt Staples is showing. Scott Allan was dressed for his second game but didn't see very much ice-time.....Spenser Jensen was scratched.

It was good to see Curtis Valk Scoring.  I feel like he is not playing up to standards compared to last season. He doesn't have that oomf in his game......and a guy like him should be leading the charge every night. Even though he has 17 points in 13 games I feel he is capable of more.

Kyle Becker
Back into the lineup after missing quite a few games with an injury. I feel like he was missed back there. He can slow the game down, and knows how to get shots on net on the powerplay.

Hunter Shinkaruk
Was scratched for his "Lower body" day to day injury...

Overall I liked that they got back on track with a win.

Up Next
In Prince Albert Tuesday, and a rematch with Saskatoon on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tigers Make CHL Top Ten

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (10-0-1-0)
London Knights (7-1-1-0)
Spokane Chiefs (8-2-0-0)
Kingston Frontenacs (7-1-0-1)
Medicine Hat Tigers (7-1-1-0)
Seattle Thunderbirds (8-2-0-0)
Charlottetown Islanders (8-2-0-1)
Guelph Storm (6-3-0-0)
Kelowna Rockets (5-1-0-2)
Rimouski Oceanic (7-3-0-1)
Honourable Mention:
Victoriaville Tigres (8-3-1-0)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (6-1-0-1)
Prince Albert Raiders (7-4-1-0)

These ranking really mean nothing, but it is nice to see the Tigers back in the top ten. In years past I have noticed that the Tigers have often taken a loss directly after cracking the top ten list. They are on a 2 game road trip out east facing Regina on Friday, and Brandon on Saturday.

Regina has not lost and are 4-1 since acquiring former Tiger Boston Leier. Regina also picked up an overage goaltender from Prince George in Mac Engel during the overager waiver draft.

Under 16's
4 Tiger prospects made the Western Canada Under-16 Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta October 31- November 3.

Caleb Fantillo

Austin Mcgrath - Goaltender
David Quenneville - Defenseman
Mason Shaw - Forward

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tigers Shut Out Ice 3-0

Strong Work Ethic
I thought the Tigers brought a pretty strong work ethic tonight.  Even though there were periods of time where Kootenay was able to get some consistent Ice-Time in the Tigers zone, they kept Kootenay to the outside and never gave them many prime chances.

I thought the Tigers did an excellent job at covering the open areas of the ice as well as block/deflect a lot of shots.  Sam Reinhart a player projected to go very high in next years NHL draft looked like he wanted nothing to do with playing in this game and the Tigers kept him off the scoresheet for the first time this season.

Marek Langhamer 
He wasn't tested a whole lot, but he did Shutout the Ice on 5 of their power-plays. He was very solid in net.

Cox, Sanford, McVeigh
So far in the early season they have been the Tigers most dangerous line. All 3 players have improved a ton over last season.

Doty Labelle Broadhead
I can just imagine the coaches on the other teams going....SHIT this is their 4th line?

Leier in Regina
Leier has 6 goals in 4 games for Regina, not including a shootout winner. In 4 games he has 2 game winning goals, and 7 points.The pats are 4-1 since acquiring him.

Tigers couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. It's hard to see them not make the CHL top ten list next week. Let's hope that they don't get too overconfident,  keep bringing a tenacious work ethic, and keep improving!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tigers Defeat Moose Jaw 4-1

The victory moves the Tigers into a conference best 6-1-1-0 good for 13 points and an .812 win percentage.

Moose Jaw was without former Tigers Zach Hodder in their lineup. The night prior Moose Jaw Traded for another overage Defenseman from Seattle in Jesse Forsberg and it looks like Hodder is the odd man out in Moose Jaw. I wonder If Regina or Kootenay will pick him up. Both teams are minus an overager's as well as Prince George. I believe The Deadline is October 15th this year.

Tommy Vannelli
The Tigers were powered up early by a pair of goals from Tommy Vannelli. Vanelli joined the rush on a 3 on 1 situation and put a cross ice feed from Curtis Valk into the back of the net. Vannelli's second goal he had some help from a Moose Jaw deflection as his wrist shot turned into a knuckle puck where Moose Jaw Tender Justin Paulic couldn't track it down.  Vannelli has 7 points in 6 games so far for the Tigers.

Rookie Scott Allan was dressed for his first regular season game.

Daniel Wapple
Goalie Daniel Wapple played really well in net. Moose Jaw didn't have a whole lot of chances but they did manage some good ones and Wapple showed his old team what they were missing...... Wapple has exceeded  expectations so far.  I didn't expect him to challenge for the #1 job but early in the season he has been outplaying Langhamer.

Cole Sanford 
Sanford found the back of the net again and scored on a pretty unique play. He was fed a puck on an odd man rush, but the pass was behind him. He made a neat simple play to scoop the puck up to his forehand and roofed a shot over the goalies shoulder.

Hunter Shinkaruk
Despite getting ample playing time on the penalty kill shinkaruk wasn't able to get a short-handed geno last season. He scored a shorthanded goal tonight criss-crossing with Curtis Valk and put a shot on net that Paulic whiffed on.

Tyler Lewington
Dropped his mitts again. He took on 19 yr old Jack Rodewald. Rodewald got a quick punch in off the start, but if it wasn't for the loss of balance Rodewald would have been in trouble. Lewington tagged him with a good uppercut and got him off his balance.

I think its awesome that the Tigers have started out the season so well. But I also think they have potential to play much better.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Seattle Defeats Tigers 5-4 OT

Tigers don't play Seattle that often, but they seemed like they had a heated rivalry, as there were 4 fights in the game.

Tigers Played Seattle's Game
I thought Jake Doty said it best on the radio that the Tigers played Seattle's Game instead of sticking to their own game-plan.  I thought the Tigers looked like a team that played intimidated and forgot to use their speed. You could tell in the first 5 minutes that something was off because even though they came out pretty well, players were randomly fumbling the puck in open ice.

I heard some people talking that they liked the game and the Tigers played well, but imo they lost sight of their game plan and didn't really play up to their strengths. They had their moments, and the physical stuff kept it exciting, but it's a game they could have played much better.

I thought the Tigers stopped skating sometimes and because of that planted themselves right in the tracks of Seattle's bigger players.

Shinkaruk's Return
Shinkaruk scored a couple goals in his first game back and already I could see he learned a lot in some of the little things he did on the ice compared to last season.

I didn't like how Tyler Lewington took a retaliatory slashing penalty after getting hit hard and chasing a guy up the could tell he was still pissed though because after his penalty he took on the biggest player on the ice 6'6 216 lb Jared Hauf and knocked him out.

I didn't like how Shinkaurk retaliated and ended up with a double minor when the Tigers originally were getting a powerplay.

With a small speedy team the opposition is always going to focus on physical play to slow you down....the only thing you can do is to retaliate on the powerplay, and every game you have to be faster, finish your checks and keep your feet moving.

Jacob Doty Vs Mitch Elliot  (Doty landed some real good solid shots. Elliot got in some small rabbit punches, I'd give the fight to Doty for the landed Haymakers)

Gavin Broadhead Vs Connor Honey  (Decision Honey, nothing major landed but threw way more punches and had Broadhead hunched over)

Tyler Lewington Vs Jared Hauf  (Lewington with the Knockout)

Dylan Bredo Vs Seth Swenson (Hug fest. Bredo with a few headlock punches, but it was a draw)

Next Up
The Tigers will face a similar test when Calgary Visits on Tuesday. Hopefully the Tigers learned a few things from this and can improve as Calgary is just as big as Seattle is.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tigers Trade Leier To Regina

The Tigers will receive a 2nd round pick in 2016.

Well I was a bit shocked when I heard the news, but after I saw the 2nd round pick coming back it settled my nerves.....but leaves me wondering what  Regina is doing. The deadline is 8 days away, and they may not make the playoffs this year. Spending a 2nd on a one year overager doesn't make good long term sense unless they plan to achieve a first round potential  Home-Ice playoff type of season.

I am ecstatic that the Tigers could get a 2nd round pick, and IMO the Leier/Doty debate was pretty close. So if the Tigers could get a 2nd round pick it makes a lot of sense. The Tigers essentially had 7 players who could play in the top 6 in Shinkaruk, Valk, Cox, Koules, McVeigh, Sanford, Leier. With trading Leier it solves that.

I wish the best of Luck to Leier in Regina he will instantly make that team a lot better.

Regina's GM on the Trade

MH News Article

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tigers Defeat Moose Jaw 4-2

Just a really quick summary

Cole Sanford continued his goal scoring streak. He had a highlight reel goal undressing a couple Moose Jaw defenseman and stuffing the puck past an outstretched Justin Paulic. Sanford has scored in every game so far this season.

The first period was back and forth and pretty even. The second period was a bit up and down. In the third period it was all Tigers.

Jacob Doty was inserted into the lineup and Boston Leier was scratched. Doty saw mostly 4th line type of minutes paired with Chad Labelle and Gavin Broadhead.

It was the youngsters who powered the Tigers to the Victory as the Penner, Owre, Butcher line were a force and scored 2 of the games. One of them handing a beauty of a chance to Kyle Becker who buried it.

Tommy Vannelli got his first goal as a Tigers stuffing the puck five-hole on a bit of a bad angle on the powerplay. He had hit the post earlier in the game.

Gavin Broadhead fought Josh Uhrich, but it wasn't much of a fight as I don't think anything really landed.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Canucks Send Shinkaruk back to the Tigers

A couple Hours ago I noticed the Canucks no longer had Shinkaruk on their roster.

It has been confirmed by Bob Mackenzie that Shinkaruk has been sent back to the Tigers.

Shinkaruk had an excellent camp and showed a lot of hustle, scoring 2 pre-season goals.

Updated Roster
Goalies (2)   
Marek Langhamer (19)
Daniel Wapple(18)

Ty Stanton(18)
Tyler Lewington (19)
Matt Staples(18)
Spenser Jensen(18)
Kyle Becker(19)
Scott Allan(17)
Dylan Bredo(20)
Tommy Vannelli(18)

Hunter Shinkaruk (19)
Gavin Broadhead (18)
Steven Owre (17)
Miles Koules (19)
Markus Eisenschmid (18)
Blake Penner (17)
Curtis Valk (20)
Logan McVeigh (19)
Boston Leier (20)
Chad Butcher (17)
Chad Labelle (18)
Alex Mowbray (17)
Cole Sanford (18)
Trevor Cox (18)
Jacob Doty (20)

24 Total Players: 1 extra Overager 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tigers Go 1-1 on the Weekend

Tigers Fell 4-3 To the Oil Kings Friday Night

It was a game that had  every feel of an early season game. I think both teams weren't totally happy with their game play. Their seemed to be lots of unnecessary turn-overs all over the place. I think the Tigers deserved a better fate because they seemed to control good portions of the game.

Edmonton scored the go-ahead goal with 4 minutes left in the third period. Langhamer wasn't tested a whole lot but the goals that beat him seemed to handcuff him.

Tommy Vannelli
Tommy Vannelli's first game showed us an offensive side to his game. He keeps everything simple, chips the puck out, and doesn't hand on to the puck very long. I like his ability to jump up during the powerplay. He will create a lot of chances off of that.

Tigers Defeated the Broncos 3-1 Saturday Night

The Broncos came out with some good speed but the Tigers weathered the storm. They popped in 3 goals in off the powerplay.

Boston Leier
Boston Leier popped in a couple poweplay goals on the short-side, his first two of the season. It couldn't have come at a better time especially since the news that Doty has been returned to the Tigers.

Cole Sanford
Cole Sanford continued his goal scoring streak scoring #5 of the season. Sanford had another game where he could have had a hat-trick. He has looked much improved this season.

Trevor Cox
Another Tigers that I have been impressed with is Trevor Cox. I feel his game has improved quite a bit from last season in the early going.

Big Fight - Chad Labelle
Chad Labelle (5'9 172lbs) and  Tanner LeSann (6'0 168lbs) had a highlight real fight. They both knocked each other over a couple times, and it was an old fashioned back and forth face bash'athon. I'll post a link as soon as has it up, but it brought everyone to their feet. Labelle had been someone I thought was behind in the depth charts but early in the season he has been making noise and creating chances every shift.

Its early in the season but so far Daniel Wapple has played both home games and has looked very good in doing so. He has been the better goaltender in the early season so far. I have been impressed with his quickness. He shows good positioning, very quick  and a great mental focus so far.

Swift Current
I was incredibly impressed by the Broncos Import Juluis Honka. He was named player of the week early in the season, but he had numerous rushes up the ice and looked like a 100 point forward. The broncos found an incredible hockey player in him. I bet he is a shoe-in for Finland's world Junior Team.

Next Up
Moose Jaw visits Tuesday Night. Followed by a rare appearance by a U.S Division Team Seattle Friday Night.  Moose Jaw had a 3-2 SO win over swift Friday Night.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Doty Signs 3 yr Entry Level Contract with the Blues

According to the St. Louis Blues twitter account Jacob Doty has signed a 3 year entry level deal with St. Louis Blues.

This pretty much paves the road for Doty sticking in the pro's this year, and could solve the Tigers overage situation. Congratulations to Doty!

The Tigers are now at the league minimum 25 roster players and could keep all the players they currently have, however it is likely that 1-2 defenseman may still eventually get sent down.

Looks like Doty's future is still unknown. He may still end up back here. He could be playing in the echl, but I doubt St Louis would sign him to a contract for him to play in the ECHL.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bradley Re-assigned

Mathew Bradley Re-assigned

According to the Medicine Hat News yesterday the Tigers re-assigned Mathew Bradley. 

It leaves 15 forwards on the roster. With the last cut expected to be an overage forward the forward group is pretty much set on numbers.

That's essentially 26 players on the roster with one overage cut. Technically the Tigers could keep all their young defense up here, but it would be difficult to get everyone equal playing time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tommy Vannelli Joins the Tigers

Tommy Vannelli
Via  Twitter Tommy Vannelli has confirmed he will be suiting up for the Orange and Black.

I'll be playing for the Medicine Hat tigers of and taking classes while I'm there. Thanks to my friends/family for their support!!

He was rumored to be visiting last week.

Vannelli is a 2nd round, 47th overall pick of the St Louis Blues. You can read more about him a couple posts down. It increases the Tigers Roster to 28 players counting Doty.

Defense (For depth purposes)
Bredo Lewington
Stanton Vannelli
Becker Jensen

Its unfortunate for the young guys, but once Vannelli proves he can play, it's likely only one of those 4 mentioned  below will stay. The others likely sent down because the top 6 are all core players where you don't healthy scratch them.


The Tigers have quality prospects to call up should they need to if injuries occur. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tigers Win Home Opener 6-2

Tigers made a few changes compared to last nights win in Lethbridge. The canes were without 3 of their top players who all played last night in Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps, and Axel Blomqvist

In net was recently acquired Daniel Wapple. Wapple wasn't tested a whole lot but made some very sharp saves and showed his quickness.

On the back-end the Tigers inserted young-in Connor Hobbs, and took out Kyle Becker. I think when you need to take out a quality defenseman like Becker who made the main camp of the ducks to get a good young player like Hobbs some ice-time it shows the quality and depth of the back-end.

Cole Sanford
Cole Sanford continued his hot streak with another goal tonight, making that 3 on the season. 1 More that all of last season.

It didn't seem to matter who was on the ice from the Tigers bench as every line generated chances, and every line played well in the D-Zone. The transition game from picking up the puck in the Tigers zone and getting it out on the first try was pretty impressive. The defense were jumping up when they needed to for an extra guy, and the Tigers always had one forward back acting as the third defenseman.

The Tigers have so much depth in every position that its going to be a battle all year long for ice time,  and the coaches will have tons of options in every scenario.

Red Light District
12 goals in 2 games and that is without Hunter Shinkaruk in the lineup. Mind you the canes have a young D, and their #1 goalie is out with injury.

I thought euro Markus Eisenschmid even though he didn't score he had some good chances, and put himself in good spots on the ice.

Overall I thought the Tigers as of right now looked really impressive for the first couple games in. The gave the Canes all they could handle and were a few notches above them in terms of gameplay.

One of the biggest things I noticed different from last year was that everyone was finishing their checks. It really slowed the canes down and created a ton of turnovers from it.

Next Up
Big test in Edmonton Friday Night. The Oil Kings knocked them out in 4 straight games in the second round of last years playoffs. Then they are back in town Saturday Night facing off against Swift Current.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tigers Win Season Opener 6-1 Over Lethbridge

The canes fans brought a lot of energy to start the game.

I thought the Tigers in general looked very good.  They outshot the Canes  38-22. The canes weren't able to get much sustained pressure in the offensive zone. The Tigers were able to break up their cycle and go back the other way pretty quickly.

Marek Langhamer came up big early with a couple breakaway stops.

Cole Sanford last year only scored 2 goals all year, and he potted 2 goals in the first period
Curtis Valk was wearing the "C" while they await the fate of Hunter Shinkaruk from Vancouver.

15 seconds into the game there was a fight between Tyler Lewington, and Hurricanes Captain Josh Derko.
Lewington made headlines in the summer as he was 1st place in a number of NHL Scouting Combine strength categories among prospects in preparation for the NHL draft.

Game Summary

First Period
Logan McVeigh down low would make a quick turn in the corner. He found a sliver of room to feed the puck to Cole Sanford who went top shelf glove side. 1-0 Tigers

Lethbridge would Tie the Game a few minutes later. Jamal Watson would take advantage of a missed diving pokecheck and walked in alone on Langhamer he made a move and went far side and managed to beat a diving langhamer. 1-1 Tie

The Tigers would take the lead with a minute left in the first period. The Tigers had an odd man Rush and Trevor Cox would take his time and find a streaking Cole Sanford. Sanford snapped a quick shot beating rookie goaltender Jonny Hogue. 2-1 Tigers.

2nd Period

The second period was ALL Tigers. They outshot the canes 19-6. On the powerplay Dylan Bredo took a shot from the Point and Boston Leier tipped it in front. 3-1 Tigers

Steven Owre poked a puck away from a Hurricanes defenseman at the blueline and had a clear cut breakaway. He put a nice move on Hogue and slipped it past his far pad. 4-1 Tigers

3rd Period
Just after the midway mark the Tigers had a 3 on 1 rush. Cox lost the handle on the puck but recovered it and fed it to the trailing Ty stanton. Stanton put a shot on net through the legs of Jonny Hogue. 5-1 Tigers

Amid a big scramble in front Boston Leier poked the puck off a rushing Canes Defenceman. He fed the Puck over to Curtis Valk, who had to reach and put a low power backhand shot into a half empty net.
6-1 Tigers

Don't think the Tigers could have asked for a better start. Their D looked very good, and was able to break up the cycle and power the offense off on some good rushes. Cole Sanford had a very good game and had numerous quality chances.

Next Up
SEASON OPENER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday Night 7:30 PM..........Woooohoooooo. Tiger Hockey is Back!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tigers Getting a New Defenceman?

The Tigers might be getting a 2nd round NHL Pick in last year's entry draft headed their way.

Tommy Vannelli an 18 yr old,  6'2 175 lb offensive defenceman, has decided to leave the University of Minnesota. The Medicine Hat Tigers hold his CHL rights. He has yet to make a decision on whether he wants to play in the CHL or play in the USHL for Tri-City in the states.

Here is an excerpt from the Gophers head Coach on his take why he left their program.

“After a few weeks of trying to balance academics and athletics, Tommy made the decision this morning that college hockey was not the best route for him at this time,” coach Don Lucia said. “We accept his decision and will move on as a team.”

Scouting Report

From Mckeens Hockey

Tommy Vannelli (D, 2013), Minnetonka (USHS-MN) – since returning from the Hlinka tournament, Vannelli has shown why the National Team Development Program wanted him in Ann Arbor .. smooth skater and methodical two-way defender with an offensive flair .. always has his head on a swivel, demonstrating exceptional awareness and hockey sense .. impressively keeps the game in front of him – does an excellent job surveying the ice and seeking out potentially dangerous situations .. excels at the transition game – can fuse himself into the rush and also has the ability to recovery quickly .. boasts excellent puckhandling talents thanks to soft hands which allow him to maneuver around opponents .. very good passer – makes a strong outlet pass to break out of the defensive zone – and can thread a precision feed through traffic .. quarterbacks the power play, exhibiting impressive patience handling the puck combined with a sharp ability to find the open man .. possesses very quick feet – even if his stride is a bit short, which gives him the luxury to dart through the neutral zone with relative ease .. moves well laterally and is fluid in transitions and cuts .. does a good job getting pucks through traffic to the net and opening up scoring opportunities for teammates, however does not have an overpowering slapshot .. at 175 pounds, he still has plenty of room to fill in a lanky frame – and his lack of strength is a marginal issue at this level of competition in terms of competing in front of the net and in the corners when a physical response is needed .. appears to have tremendous upside with his development progressing at such a rapid pace .. looks to build on the momentum of a very productive summer and further enhance his draft stock.

The Tigers have a stacked blueline already. If Vannelli did decide to join the Tigers it would be likely that young players in Hobbs, Allan, Schultz, and Staples would be really hard pressed to get a lot of ice time here.
From what I read it seems like he is a player that would fit well into the Tigers systems, and they have a Minnesota connection with the training a lot of players do down there, as well as Miles Koules who played hockey down there.

Bredo  Lewington
Vannelli Jensen
Becker Stanton


To me that seems like the best defensive group the Tigers have iced since their memorial cup run.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tigers Acquire a goaltender

The Medicine Hat Tigers announce this afternoon they have acquired 18-year-old goaltender Daniel Wapple from the Moose Jaw Warriors.

 In return, the Warriors will receive a 4th round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2016.

Kellan Williams and Zac Robidoux were expected to battle for the backup job to Marek Langhamer, and it appeared that Robidoux had won the job after Kellan Williams was sent down.

However Williams remained with the team and came into replace Robidoux after surrendering 5 goals in an 8-5 Tigers loss.

With the acquisition of Wapple it appears that the backup job has been solved.

Edit: On Wednesday the Tigers re-assigned Zac Robidoux to the Portage Terriers of the MJHL

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tigers On Shaw

The Shaw schedule is out. Tigers are on Shaw TV 3 Times.

Dec. 13/13
Medicine Hat
Jan. 7/14
Medicine Hat
Jan. 24/14
Medicine Hat

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tigers Make A Trade with Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced the acquisition of 20-year-old defenceman Zach Hodder from Medicine Hat in exchange for an 8th round conditional draft pick in 2014.

Hodder, 6’0” 176lbs, was originally drafted by the Vancouver Giants, 20th overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.  Last season with Medicine Hat Hodder had one goal and 13 points in 35 games.  Over his four year career Hodder has played in 125 games, scoring nine goals and has 38 points.

Hodder is expected to join the Warriors this weekend when they finish off the 2013 WHL Pre-Season with games against the Swift Current Broncos.

Updated Roster down below.

Tigers Cut 3

Kellan Williams, Nathyn Mortlock, and Ryley Wozniak have been re-assigned.

Looks like the goaltenders have been decided.

Goalies (2)   
Marek Langhamer (19)
Daniel Wapple(18)

Ty Stanton(18)
Tyler Lewington (19)
Matt Staples(18)
Spenser Jensen(18)
Kyle Becker(19)
Scott Allan(17)
Dylan Bredo(20)
Connor Hobbs(16)
Ty Schultz (16)

Hunter Shinkaruk (19)***
Gavin Broadhead (18)
Steven Owre (17)
Miles Koules (19)
Markus Eisenschmid (18)
Blake Penner (17)
Curtis Valk (20)
Logan McVeigh (19)
Boston Leier (20)
Chad Butcher (17)
Chad Labelle (18)
Alex Mowbray (17)
Cole Sanford (18)
Trevor Cox (18)

Total of 25 Players . 

Left at NHL Camps
Jake Doty - St. Louis
Hunter Shinkaruk - Vancouver

Tigers Forward Gavin Broadhead has been suspended one game for a game Misconduct in Lethbridge Wednesday.  He was penalized for charging the goalie.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NHL Camp Updates

NHL Teams are starting to release their Main Camp Lists. NHL Teams have until September 30th to trim their rosters to 23 players.

St. Louis
Free Agent Jake Doty has made the Blues Main Camp. Opens up a better chance of a contract if he impresses.

The Blues have updated their Training Camp Roster to 53 players and Valk is not on the list. I assume he is on his way back to Tigertown.

St. Louis has 45 guys (limit 50) under contract.

Both Tyler Lewington and Boston Leier have made main camp.|WSH|home

Leier made it as a free agent. Opens up a chance of  contract possibilities if he impresses. Washington has 46 guys signed under contracts(limit 50)

 His cousin Taylor Leier signed a 3 year ELC with the Flyers yesterday.

The Wild released their Prospect Additions to Main Camp and Miles Koules is not on the list. He should be back in Tiger Town Shortly. 

San Jose
Jensen did not get an invite to main camp

Winnepeg (Will release Training camp roster Wednesday)
Expected to be coming back to TigerTown.


Kyle Becker - Invited To Main Camp

Marek Langhamer - Not Listed in Phoenix Main Camp roster. Should be coming back to Tigertown|PHX|home

Friday, September 6, 2013

Updated Roster List

Last NHL Camp Edit: Monday 9th, 4:00 PM
(added Mondays NHL Prospect games, below)
Both Shinkaruk, and Koules scored goals.

Last Roster Update: Sunday September 8th
Dave Quenneville sent back to Edmonton

Friday September 6th
Brad Forrest(16), Brayden Uhrich (16), Jake Fletcher (16) No longer appear on the WHL Roster List

Thursday September 5th
(Looks like 19 yr old Adam Smith was released recently as he no longer appears on the Tigershockey or WHL website)

September 3rd: Re-Assigned
Mark Rassell(16), Caleb Fantillo(15), Ryan Jevne(15), Mason Shaw(15), Marshall Skapsk(15)

*** Designates at pro camp

Goalies (3)   
Marek Langhamer (19)***
Zac Robidoux (17)
Kellan Williams (17)

Nathyn Mortlock(17)
Ty Stanton(18)***
Tyler Lewington (19)***
Matt Staples(18)
Spenser Jensen(18)***
Kyle Becker(19)***
Scott Allan(17)
Dylan Bredo(20)
Zach Hodder (20)
Connor Hobbs(16)
Ty Schultz (16)

Matthew Bradley(16)
Hunter Shinkaruk (19)***
Gavin Broadhead (18)
Steven Owre (17)
Miles Koules (19)***
Markus Eisenschmid (18)
Blake Penner (17)
Curtis Valk (20)***
Logan McVeigh (19)
Boston Leier (20)***
Chad Butcher (17)
Chad Labelle (18)
Alex Mowbray (17)
Cole Sanford (18)
Jake Doty (20)***
Ryley Wozniak (17)
Trevor Cox (18)

Total of 31 Players 

Tigers will Need a minimum of 7 cuts before the October Deadline. Tigers still have 2 extra over-agers.

NHL Camp Thursday 5th
Miles Koules - Minnesota  -2 rating
Jake Doty - St Louis  9 Penalty Minutes including a fight + One Fight
Curtis Valk - St Louis  - 1 assist, 1 shot

Hunter Shinkaruk - Vancouver 1 assist 2 PM's
Spenser Jensen - San Jose   -1, 1 shot

NHL Camp Friday 6th
Ty Stanton - 1 assist, +2, 2 shots
Hunter Shinkaruk - 1 assist, 3 shots
Jacob Doty - 5 PM's  Doty Fought Corbin Baldwin (can't find any video0
Curtis Valk - No Stats
Miles Koules - Not Dressed
Spenser Jensen -  -2 rating

NHL Camp Saturday 7th
Ty Stanton - Not Dressed

NHL Camp Sunday 8th
Hunter Shinkaruk - Not Dressed
Miles Koules - 5 shots on net
Curtis Valk - 1 shot
Jake Doty - no stats

NHL Camp Monday 9th
Hunter Shinkaruk, 1 goal, 1 assist, +1, 4 shots (leads team in scoring)
Ty Stanton - 1 shot
Curtis Valk - 2 assists,
Jake Doty - TBD,
Miles Koules - 1 Goal, 1 assist, -1, 2 shots
Boston Leier - 2 PM's
Tyler Lewington - TBD

The Traverse City and Youngstars Tournament ended today. We will probably see a couple players headed back to Medicine Hat fairly shortly.