Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hitmen Defeat Tigers 3-2

Very Brief

The Tigers kept it pretty close through two periods. I think the Hitmen hit 4-5 posts in the game, and the score flattered the Tigers as the third period was pretty ugly, but through 2 periods it was a pretty close game.

The Hitmen's 2nd goal to tie the game was a back-breaker. Boston Leier tripped himself up and in a panic tried to launch the puck out of the zone. With seconds left in the second period a floating point shot was tipped in.

In the third period the Hitmen made a few adjustments, created a lot of turnovers and their were dozens of odd man rushes down low.

Even though the Hitmen dominated the third the Tigers had a couple opportunities to tie the game.

Next Game: Friday Night in Moose Jaw, Saturday night back home.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Etem Called up to the Show

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled right wing Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the club has reassigned center Peter Holland and defenseman Jordan Hendry to Norfolk.

Etem, 20 (6/16/92), collected 12-2=14 points with a +1 rating and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 40 games with Norfolk this season. Selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Long Beach, CA native is the highest drafted Southern California born-and-trained player in Ducks history and third highest in NHL history. The 6-1, 210-pound wing was named to the AHL Eastern Conference All-Star team on Jan. 23.

Etem led the entire Canadian Hockey League (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) in goals (61) and shorthanded goals (10), and co-led in game-winning goals (11) last season. In 65 games with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, he earned 61-46=107 points with a +29 rating. Etem was the first WHL player to score 60 goals in a season since 2000-01, when Swift Current’s Layne Ulmer scored 63 in 68 games.
Tyler Bunz

Bunz played in his first AHL game on friday. He got lit up for 5 goals on 10 shots in half a periods play as Oklahoma lost 8-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals

Lethbridge/Edmonton Line Brawl
Lethbridge Got into a Line Brawl with Edmonton. it includes Ty Rimmer and Laurent Brossoit.
It was a pretty even fight, Rimmer landing a bunch early and Brosssoit landed some late.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tigers Defeat Chiefs 4-3

Pre Game
Spokane honored their billets families at center ice with each family taking a picture with their billet players. Really Nice gesture by them

Lanigan gets the start
Spokane has some injury troubles as their game roster is short 2 players.

First Period
The only goal of the period came of a bad turnover by Derek Ryckman. Mike Aviani stripped Ryckman of the puck and found a streaking Todd Fidler coming into the zone. Fidler ( a former Tiger) buried a shot stick side past Cam Lanigan. 1-0 Spokane

Spokane generated a lot of momentum off that goal and started turning on the jets late in the period.

Shots 16-16

I thought the Tigers won that period. They had quite a few scoring chances and at one point were outshooting spokane by a wide margin. Cam Lanigan had to make a number of high quality saves late in the period as Spokane turned on the jets.

Elgin Pearce seems to have a few rivalries with spokane as he is chirping and giving people shots after the whistle.

2nd Period
A deflected shot went down the back of Cam Lanigan and right across the goal-line where Zach Hodder scooped up the puck and fed it it Boston Leier. Leier had a step on the defender and layed into a wrist shot from the top of the circle. The shot beat Spokane Goaltender Garret Hughson top shelf Blocker Side. 1-1 TIE

on a 3 on 3 rush up the Ice, Spokane wasn't paying attention to Hunter Shinkaruk on the far side. Boston Leier fed Shinkaruk the puck and Shinkaruk took a hard low shot blocker side which beat Garret Hughson for a 2-1 Tiger Lead

After that the Tigers had 2 consecutive very weak calls go against them. A spokane player dived ahead to whack a shot on goal and Trevor Cox got called for interference, Derek Ryckman took a guy up against the boards pretty gently to pin him and the player fell over and they gave Ryckman a boarding penalty.

Spokane outshot the Tigers 20-7.

Every shot the Tigers had was a very high quality chance. (Ryckman had a mini-breakaway and made a nice move but was denied by an amazing save. Leier hit the post on a backhand, their were a couple 2 on 1's as well)
Spokane was firing everything on net from all over the place, and the Tigers blocked 4 straight shots on the penalty kill when Spokane was putting on some high pressure.

3rd Period
Another Barn-Burner third period

Spokane tied the game 8 seconds into the period. Todd Fidler broke into the Tigers zone after Tyler Lewington lost a tire. Fidler on the breakaway beat Lanigan high Blocker Side. 2-2 TIE

Two Minutes later the Tigers would take the lead. Ty Stanton fed Jake Doty near center ice. Doty made a chip pass out to Trevor Cox for a 2 on 1. Cox fed Miles Koules on a mini breakaway and Koules made a small Deke to the far side beating Garret Hughson 3-2 Tigers

Spokane would tie the game up 11 seconds later on a very similar play to the Tigers last goal. Blake Gal fired a shot in on the far side. 3-3 TIE

A good read by Cam Lanigan would send Curtis Valk on a breakaway. Off a bad change Lanigan fired a shot up to Valk who on the breakaway beat Garret Hughson Stickside. 4-3 Tigers

Spokane pulled their goalie with 2 minutes remaining.  Curtis Valk hit the post and another TIger chipped the puck over the night on the empty net. Spokane then had tons of pressure, hit a post, and Lanigan made numerous saves to give the Tigers a win.

Spokane outshot the Tigers 58-31.

Two intense barn-burner third periods on the road, and the Tigers come up the victors. Spokane was firing shots on net anytime they entered the zone. Lanigan did make a bunch of high quality stops including a game saver in the dieing seconds. Not only did he play phenomenal in net, Lanigan had a game winning assist on the Tigers go-ahead goal. Again the Tigers goals were scored by 4 different players.

 The win pulls the Tigers into a tie with Swift Current for 6th place, as Moose Jaw defeated the Broncos Tonight. Lethbridge Lost to Red Deer in a shootout so Lethbridge remains 1 point ahead. The Tigers with a game in hand.

Next Up: The Tigers take on Calgary Tuesday at the Arena.

Tigers Defeat Americans 6-4

First Period
The Tigers didn't have much jump in this period. They were a bit lucky Tri-City only managed to score 1 goal. Tigers only generated 2 strong scoring chances, and their play away from the puck wasn't very good. Tri-City outshot the Tigers 15-8 and came away with a 1-0 Lead.

Second Period
Totally different story. The Tigers got their game going when they scored a powerplay goal to tie up the game 3 minutes into the second period.

The first 2 PP units weren't getting much puck possession time so the coaches threw out Chad Butcher, Jake Doty, and Chad Labelle. Doty screened the goaltender on a Ty Stanton shot, and Chad Labelle picked up the rebound

After that it was all Tigers. The Tigers completely dominated the second period. With 19 minutes played the Tigers had a 19-1 edge in shots in the period. Elgin Pearce would score a go ahead goal halfway through the second on a nice low wrist shot off a 2 on 1.

Unfortunately Tri-City would tie the game with no time left on the clock. Pretty much the only offensive outburst of the Period had defenceman Mitch Topping wire a shot upstairs just as time expired. The broadcasters thought the goal probably wouldn't count but after a lengthy review it was deemed a goal.    2-2 TIE, Tigers outshot Tri-City 19-4 for a 2 period total of 27-20.

After the second Tri-City was really lucky to be tied. The Tigers had quite a few prime chances to score and had a few goal mouth scrambles that were very close to goals.

Third Period
A barn-burner. Tri-City scored go ahead goals twice, but each time the Tigers responded quickly with goals of their own by Trevor Cox, and Logan McVeigh.  The Tigers would also have a goal called off as it was deemed the net was off after a scramble in front when Shinkaruk sniped in a rebound.

Their luck would turn as the Tigers would get a couple good bounces to take a 2 goal lead. A Chad Butcher shot from the halfwall was stopped by Tri-City goaltender Luke Lee-Knight's pads. The rebound looked like it would hit Valk in the mid-section and bounce past the goalie for a goal.

Boston Leier would then get the easiest goal he's ever scored as a dump-in from center ice would somehow sneak past Luke Lee-Knight for a 2 goal lead.

With 3:30 left in the game Tri-Ctiy pulled their goaltender and had all sorts of pressure. The Tigers had a line stuck out their for 2 minutes and could barely skate as Jesse Mychan would tip a shot past Langhamer.

Fortunately the Tigers would hold out for the win as Tri-City had a ton of pressure.

Almost seemed like lady luck wasn't going to be on their side tonight.  The Tigers kept up their pressure and had 6 different goal scorers.

Scoreboard Watching
All the teams the Tigers are chasing or slightly ahead of got points tonight, however Red Deer and Kootenay both lost in extra time.

Up Next: Tigers take on Spokane saturday night. Spokane has a pretty potent top 2 lines.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ice Defeat Tigers 3-2

First Period
Tigers start the game with a very good first period.

With 7 seconds left on a powerplay, 24 seconds in the period Miles Koules fed Curtis Valk who fed a streaking Shinkaruk on a 3 on 2. Shinkaruk coming in at an angle slid a puck along the ice beating Mackenzie Skapski. 1-0 Tigers

a lot of play along the boards, not very many scoring chances at all.

Tigers outshot Kootenay 10-6.

2nd Period

Right off the bat their is some fisticuffs. Jake Doty hammered Tanner Faith in the Corner. Faith slipped on an edge just before Doty hit him and their was a big crunch...

Joey Leach would come in and give a few cross checks to Doty and they dropped the gloves. Doty ended the fight pretty quickly with a punch that knocked Leach over.

The calls would be a little strange as Doty was given 2 for charging, but leach wasn't given an instigator penalty.

On the powerplay Kootenay would tie the game. Hunter Shinkaruk and Boston Leier would get caught up high in the box together and Kootenay had a mini 3 on 2 down low. Brock Montgomery would receive the pass on the far side and beat Lanigan glove side. 1-1 TIE

Tigers would pull ahead mid-way through the second period 2 seconds after their powerplay ended. Miles Koules at the point fed Elgin Pearce in the slot. Pearce's shot would be stopped but Dylan Bredo was right their to fire a hard rebound top shelf that beat skapski. 2-1 Tigers

 The Tigers killed of a short 5 on 3,  but kootenay would tie the game with 10 seconds left in the second period. Chad Labelle lost his stick and Kootenay had the Tigers running around a little. Brock Montgomery would fire a bad angle shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle which beat Lanigan 2-2 TIE

Kootenay out-shot the Tigers 10-4 in the period. The Tigers took 4 minor penalties and the Ice were able to score twice on them. The Tigers had a bunch of chances but often they were thwarted at the last second resulting in no shots.

3rd Period
Heartbreaker. Miles Koules would get stripped of the puck just inside the blueline. Dylan Bredo attempted a sweeping pokecheck but wasn't able to get the puck. Kootenay had a 3 on 1 down low and Luke Philp had a wide open net to put the puck past Lanigan. 3-2 Ice

The Tigers pulled their goalie and had a powerplay late but were unable to get the equalizer.

The Tigers had a really good first period, but up and down 2nd and 3rd periods. Kootenay always seems to score such timely goals against the Tigers and today was no different. The Tigers had 3 straight powerplays in the third including a 5 on 3 for 48 seconds but couldn't score. The Tigers played OK, but I thought they could have played a little better.

Final Shots 23-22 for Kootenay.

Saskatoon also lost to Edmonton so the Tigers remain in a tie for 7th, except Kootenay is now only 4 points back with a game in hand

Here is the Doty/faith hit as well as the fight right after.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cam Lanigan Named CHL Goalie of the Week

 The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cam Lanigan of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory and a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .982 for the week ending January 20.

Lanigan stopped 54 of 55 shots faced last week and helped the seventh place Tigers earn a pair of wins over top WHL Eastern Conference competition

Lanigan, a 20-year-old from Calgary, AB, is playing in his fifth WHL season. In 30 games this season with the Tigers, Lanigan has a 13-10-1-1 record with two shutouts and a goals-against-average of 2.98 and save percentage of .907.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tigers Shutout Rebels 3-0

 If you haven't been to a game lately, its time to go back to the Arena!!!!

Back to Back shutouts. What a weekend!
3 games against very good opponents and the Tigers only gave up 1 goal.

Their defensive play has just been phenomenal. ALL that work in the first half is paying off. I think with Dylan Bredo being moved back to the point it has caused a rippling effect on everyone with their sticks being more active.

Their penalty kill has started to vault up the standings as they sit 10th overall.

Derek Ryckman's  passing skills look  improved.
Spenser Jensen and Tyler Lewington are physically punishing the opposing forwards, winning all the small battles and make good first passes out of the zone.

The forwards have been excellent at slowing the opposition on their breakout, turning pucks over, and giving the defense less confusion on which guys to pick up.

The young guys are stepping up to the plate and its allowing the Tigers to roll all 4 lines. The coaches are comfortable sticking those guys out on the ice against the opposing top line now and its wearing down the opposition's defenseman.

Game Thoughts
I thought the first half of the game looked a bit like a lazy sunday type game, but the Tigers kept up their strong efforts and eventually was able to crack Red Deer's Armor. Red Deer Patrik Bartosak made quite a few very good stops, the score could have been higher if not for his stellar play.

Chad Labelle had another heck of a fight. Logan McVeigh potted his 4th goal as a Tiger. His point per game total has increased quite a bit since coming here.

Too many players are playing well to single out any one guy. Overall as a team their 1 on 1 defensive play is leaps and bounds better.

Lethbridge lost tonight in a shootout

The win tonight leapfrogs the Tigers over Saskatoon into 7th place, 2 points back of lethbridge with two games in hand. 2 points back of swift, and 6 back of red deer with 2 games in hand.

Up Next: The Tigers go on the road for a 3 game trip to BC and the states. Wednesday night they play a massive 4 point game against the Kootenay Ice. Tri-City on Friday, Spokane on Saturday

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tigers Shutout Hitmen 4-0

 Some Quick Thoughts

Miles Koules out with the flu. Shinkaruk was back in the lineup

Their was a fan bus from Calgary here and the Tigers gave them absolutely nothing to cheer about. The Tigers reached the .500 mark for the first time this season.

 Marek Langhamer recorded his first whl shutout.

 I thought the Tigers did did an excellent job supporting each other in the defensive zone and didn't give Calgary many prime scoring chances. Their PK was impressive stopping all 8 Calgary power-play's, including a 5 on 3.

Calgary pushed back in the second period with some strong physical play. The Tigers were challenging them to fight but Calgary didn't want any of it until the third period when the game was in hand. They seemed to be targeting Curtis Valk a lot with little shots all over the ice.

 The young guys played very well and were often penning Calgary's top line in their own zone. I thought Calgary started the game off a little slow but the Tigers were ON tonight and that makes back to back wins against the Top team in the Eastern Conference.

Lethbridge and Red Deer both lost, while Saskatoon only managed 1 point. So the Tigers gained another baby-step in the standings. Unfortunately Kootenay won again which makes a non-playoff spot still 4 points back.

Ever Since they lost  to Saskatoon 7-2 on January 1st we have seen a different team, a much improved hockey team.

Next Up: The Rebels come to town Sunday. For another big 4 point game.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tigers Defeat Oil Kings 2-1

 Pre Game
Oil Kings starting Tristan Jarry
Kyle Becker and Derek Ryckman are back in the lineup
Ty Stanton, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Matt Staples are out

First Period

Tyler Lewington Travis Ewanyk
It started off an icing and a line change then the two would go.

Ewanyk would land a punch that sent Lewington off balance. Ewanyk would throw a bunch of punches at the back of lewingtons head. Lewington would wait out a couple punches then throw a shot of his own. The second shot would land square in the nose and knock Ewanyk off his feet and they both tumbled to the ice.    I would give it a draw

The Tigers start off the game very well with 2 deep shifts. The Tigers would get on the board first on a 5 on 3 powerplay. Tyler LEwington would feed Trevor Cox on the point who switched positions with Kyle Becker. Trevor's shot would find the top corner under the bar. 1-0 Tigers

Tigers outshot the Oil Kings 11-5 and got a bunch of partial 2 on 1's. Oil Kings shots came from just outside the slot area, close enough that they were dangerous and Lanigan stood tall.

2nd and the Rest

My Laptop started acting up and wouldn't stream anything other than a slideshow so I exited the feed and listed to the Oil Kings broadcast.

Sounded like the Tigers didn't give the Oil Kings very many offensive opportunities. The Oil Kings broadcasters were peeved at Edmonton not being able to beat the "8th ranked" Tigers.

Elgin Pearce would score the other Tiger goal and the Oil Kings Keegan Lowe would score on a deflected wrist shot.

It was a good win for the Tigers missing their top Scorer in Hunter Shinkaruk.

Up Next: The Hitmen visit the Arena tomorrow, and play the top ranked team in the Eastern Conference 3 games in a row as the Hitman leapfrogged the Oil Kings with a win over PG.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings


5th Hunter Shinkaruk
65th Spenser Jensen
67th Tyler Lewington
68th Ty Stanton
123rd Curtis Valk

210 prospects on the North America Central Scouting Lists

Exciting News, Curtis Valk is 3rd time eligible this season and he made the list. 3 Tiger Defenseman are neck and neck with each other.

Tyler Lewington and Ty Stanton have been much improved as of late.

Former Tiger Jayden hart also made the list as the 139th ranked Skater.
Former Tiger Riley Sheen made the list as the 158th ranked Skater.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Oil Kings Shutout Tigers 3-0

Very Brief

I thought the Tigers played a pretty good hockey game. The Oil Kings came out of the gate fast with Curtis Lazar scoring their first goal 32 seconds into the game

 Lazar potted his second squeaking it through Lanigan's pads on a bad angle shot and completed his hat-trick with an empty netter.

I thought the Tigers got better as the game wore on and matched the Oil Kings chance for chance in the second and third periods. The difference was the play of Oil King netminder Laurent Brossoit, and the Tigers being unable to score on their powerplays.

The Oil Kings took 7 penalties against the Tigers, including a full 2 minute 5 on 3, but the Tigers couldn't solve Brossoit.

The Tigers played well in all 3 games this weekend, unfortunately they were only able to come up with 2 out of 6 points. The effort was their and that's what we as fans like to see.

Up Next
Their schedule doesn't get any easier as they play another 3 games in 3 nights Starting with a Rematch against the Oil Kings Friday in Edmonton and back home Saturday and Sunday against Calgary, and Red Deer.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tigers Deflate Hurricanes 10-3

Won't be recapping the goals their were too many of them :)

Ty Stanton
Ty Stanton blocked a shot and was taken out of the game. Questionable for Tomorrow against the Oil Kings.

Game Summary
The game was pretty close for the first half of the game. The Tigers switched up their lines in the first period and the first shift after Lethbridge Scored.

Marek Langhamer stopped about 4 breakaways. Lethbridge took a bunch of undisciplined roughing/unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after the whistle and weren't helping themselves out.

The momentum turned for good with a minute left in the second period. Curtis Valk and Miles Koules scored 2 goals in the last minute of play to suddenly take a 5-3 lead into the third period and they didn't stop their.

The third period was a slaughterfest as Lethbridge could barely get out of their own zone. It seemed like the play was slowed down half speed as 90% of the loose pucks were cleanly won by the Tigers forwards.

The Tigers gave a lot of icetime to the young lines of Butcher, Labelle, and Owre and the 4th line got 2 goals.

 I liked how Clouston switched up his lines early into the first period. It seemed to create a lot of confusion for the Lethbridge coach. I also liked how they choose to play Langhamer tonight.

 It seemed like every other whistle Lethbridge coaches would delay sending players on the ice. Their were probably half a dozen times times where the linesman had to sort out the players back to the bench after a ridiculously late change.  Even on icing calls Preston would quickly try and get a guy to change to get at least one set of fresh legs on the ice.

Langhamer was brilliant on the breakaways but he had a tough time fending off rebounds that bounced in front after hitting the boards.

The 4th line looked absolutely dynamite tonight. If they keep playing like that their are going to keep scoring goals at will.

Jake Doty scored another goal tonight, that's 7 goals in his last 11 games. He has scored more goals in his last 11 games, than his previous 163 games combined....

I have liked what I have seen from this team ever since they got clobbered by Saskatoon 7 games ago on January 1st. They changed up their forecheck and have been more aggressive and it has worked for them.

Next Up: Edmonton comes calling Sunday at the Arena. It will be the 3rd game in 3 nights for both teams, however Edmonton will also have a 5+ hour drive

Friday, January 11, 2013

Kootenay Defeats Tigers 7-5

 Kootenay Last in the Eastern Conference is on a 6 game winning streak.

First Period

Kootenay had the Tigers on their heels for the first 15 minutes of the period. 75% of the play was in the Tigers end. They would recover the puck then turn it over right away with lots of pressure from Kootenay.

Kootenay scored first after a Tiger crashed into the Kootenay goal, and two others went behind the net. It gave Kootenay a 4 on 2, which they turned into a 3 on 2.  Sam Reinhart popped a shot about a foot and a half off the ice blocker side on Lanigan from the top of the circle. 1-0 Kootenay

Cole Sanford changed directions and attempted to go around a Kootenay defender who threw his arms up with a high bodycheck away from the puck. The ref gave Sanford an interference penalty. I didn't think it was a penalty.

On the powerplay the puck skittered towards the Tigers net after a few players clashed their sticks together for the puck. Lanigan would reach out to grab it, but Kootenay's Luke Philp would reach and just get the tip of his stick on it to poke it past Lanigan's pad. 2-0 Kootenay

The Tigers would start to get some pressure. Koules hit the crossbar, Shinkaruk and Pearce missed half open empty nets.

Kootenay would come back the other way and Joey Leach would put a wrist shot toward the goal but it would get deflected to the side of the net. Sam Reinhart was right their to put a shot on the half empty net. 3-0 Kootenay

The Tigers finally got on the board with a lucky shot. Logan McVeigh would attempt a pass from behind the goal-line and the puck would bounce in off a Kootenay Defender. 3-1 Kootenay

The Tigers were outshot 11-7. The Tigers didn't play horrible but they kept turning the puck over just inside their blueline, and it resulted in Kootenay getting some bounces.

2nd Period 

Crazy Period of hockey

The Tigers would score 3 times in 4 minutes to take a 4-3 lead early in the second.
Boston Leier would strip Jagger Dirk of the puck near center and would walk in alone. Mackenzie Slapski would make a move to the wrong side of the net just as Boston Leier fired a low blocker side shot on net.   3-2 Kootenay

22 seconds later on the same shift Boston Leier would dig out a puck that Mackenzie Slapski misplayed behind the net. Leier passed it out front to Elgin Pearce who only had a defenceman blocking the front of the net. 3-3 TIE

2.5 minutes later Elgin would strike again. Jake Doty flattened an Ice DMAN in the corner and in the opposite corner Trevor Cox would flutter a half blocked back-hand pass in front of the net. Pearce would take a whack with the puck a few inches off the ice and ended Slapski's night with a goal.
4-3 Tigers

Kootenay would build some momentum and pressure after a dumb penalty by Tyler Lewington hitting a guy from behind away from the puck.

On the powerplay Sam Reinhart fed a pass cross the blueline to Joey Leach. Leach one-timed a low shot on net and Brock Montgomery would tip it passed Lanigan 4-4 TIE

Zach Hodder would blow a tire at the blueline and Kootenay would get a 2 on 1. Levi Cable would hesitate with the puck and somehow slid it underneath the Tigers defenceman who had sprawled out to block the pass.  Brock Montgomery would squeak a shot past Lanigan's shoulder. 5-4 Kootenay

 A really high paced game. The Tigers started out the period on fire, but late in the period Kootenay got their momentum back.

Tigers outshot Kootenay 17-13. Two Period total of 24 shots apiece.

3rd Period

The Tigers would tie up the game on the powerplay off another nice bounce. Curtis Valk went to pass the puck cross the ice and it hit a Kootenay defender and went into the net. 5-5 TIE

Tyler Lewington could get called for hooking on a scramble down low. Hi stick was held by one hand horizontally but right into the Kootenay players mid-section. The refs looks for these typ of infractions and Lewington heads to the box.

Shorthanded newcomer Zach Hodder looses his stick and it allows Brock Montgomery room to power past him. Montgomery would drive to the net and put the puck passed Lanigan along the ice completing his hat-trick 6-5 Kootenay

The Tigers would get a lot of pressure with the goalie pulled, but Kootenay would get a breakaway and Sam Reinhart would also complete a hat-trick. 7-5 Kootenay

Kootenay doesn't look like a last place team. Tyler Lewington took a couple Ill-timed penalties which completely swung the momentum after Kootenay scored on both. Zach Hodder also blew a tire, and lost his stick and both plays resulted in Kootenay Goals. Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk were very quiet, but the Tigers got a lot of production from the second and third lines.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tigers Shutout Giants 4-0

The Giants sat out 20 year old overager Trevor Cheek. Be interesting to see if he is on his way to Edmonton.

Newly aquired Rob Trzonkowski suffered an injury in his third game with the Giants Sunday Night.
They were missing their captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen out with a long injury.
The Giants were also playing with 3 callups in their roster.

They traded Kale Kessy to kamloops last week.
Taylor Vickerman was out with a one game suspensions.

Tigers Had Derek Ryckman, and Kyle Becker out with injuries. The Tigers will evaluate Ryckman tomorrow, and Becker will be out sometime with cough "the flu"

I thought the Giants played really hard tonight and showed a good commitment to their defense for the first half of the game. I thought the Tigers played well enough to win, but I thought their were a couple players who had "off nights"

New Guys
Got our first real looks at Hodder and McVeigh. Hodder looks like he can skate with the wind, reminds me of former tiger Jace Coyle in some ways.

McVeigh took a couple penalties and didn't make a great first impression.  But when your placed on the top line with Shinkaruk and Valk, for a new guy its hard to fit in because you don't want to mess up their chemistry....Give him some time and he will fit in nicely.
Game Thoughts
I thought Trevor Cox was playing better, he looked sharper and was more aggressive. Scored a goal on a nice screen shot.

I thought Tyler Lewington also had a really good game for himself on the blueline. Won a lot of small battles and played pretty aggressive. Miles Koules continued his streak of playing well and creating chances offensively, and Tiger sniper Jake Doty has made it 4 straight games with a goal, with 11 points in his last 11 games.

Gotta give props to the 4th line as they buried 2 goals. Broadhead got his second as a Tiger, and Blake Penner got his 1st whl regular season goal. Also gotta give props to Chad Labelle for another strong showing in his fight against Arvin Atwal.    Cam Lanigan played well picking up his 1st shutout as a Tiger.

Ty Stanton had an off night and Boston Leier has been in a bit of a slump since coming back after Christmas.

Dylan Bredo
The coaches mentioned after the game that they are considering keeping him back their full time as he is turning some heads with his play. He made one booboo tonight but he does an awesome job at battling for loose pucks, and getting a quick pass up to the forwards.

Tomorrow I will be away from the computer for most of the day. So I won't be on top of breaking news if a trade happens.

Chad Labelle Vs Arvin Atwal

Monday, January 7, 2013

Trade Deadline Thoughts

19's and 20
Preseason I had Valk, Bredo, and Leier as next year overager locks......In my opinion that has changed a little.

Right now the only total lock I see is Curtis Valk.  I would probably be giving a near 2nd lock to Dylan Bredo.  Jake Doty has all of a sudden started to score with 5 goals in his last 8 games, and he is showing an offensive flair to his game. A tough guy that can score goals isn't something you wanna give away for cheap.

I don't think the Tigers will be looking to trade any of these guys specifically, but If another team comes calling it will take a good price to get one of them and I think those players maybe more valuable to the Tigers than what another team can offer. I don't expect a move to be made but if one happened It wouldn't shock me.

I think their is a decent chance Valk and Shinkaruk are back next season which means another deadly top line.  Their are still questions on how well the depth will perform. Will they be slightly above average, or will they tear the league up?

Can Koules, Cox,  become scoring threats every game rather than Intermittently? Koules is showing an increased offensive flair to his game. I think by next season he will be scoring threat.

How will McVeigh perform? Does Bredo remain a defenceman? he has played exceptional back their so far.Sanford has been giving an increased role on the road and has looked good doing so.


Broadhead, Penner, Labelle, Sanford, Butcher, Owre That's 2 lines of players.

Next season Pearce and likely 1 of (Bredo Leier Doty) will be gone. That leaves 2 spots which are filled by the young guys on this years team. Next season with new faces their could be an abundance of younger guys

The Tigers may have some trade bait here purely based on too many players. They may get better value now being a year younger than waiting till next season. I think eventually a move or two will need to be made based on numbers, but their is no pressure to move any of them immediately.

The 16 year olds need to play in 40 games. The Tigers have 3 of them on the roster and will be cutting it close with 21, 24, and 26 games so far.

 Defense  The defense are more setup for a peak in 2 years but my gut  likes the core group of Lewington, Jensen, Becker, Stanton, but they are still young. If Bredo was to be changed back their permanently they could possibly be a strong point next season, but that would leave 8 guys on the back-end this year. If Bredo does stay on defense the Tigers can dress 1 more forward and get them closer to the 40 game marks.

Goaltending is still questionable for next season. I like Langhamers instincts, his angles are getting better. I don't like his consistency. Still its a concern for next year. They could possibly make a move for next season  but to me it feels like they are a little stuck with what they have.


The Tigers do have a euro spot. I think its unlikely they would trade for a 1 year rental player.

The Tigers do have some potential pieces to tinker with. What do you want to see happen?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tigers Defeat Brandon 4-2

 First Period
Brandon gets on the board first at the 6:49 mark.  Brandon's forwards crossed over down low and it momentarily confused  Stanton, Koules, and Hodder.

Taylor Cooper fed a pass to an incoming Tim McGauley. McGauley fired a low shot glove side past Cam Lanigan. 1-0 Brandon

The Tigers would earn multiple high quality scoring chances through most of the period. They were finally able to solve COrbin Boes on a delayed Line Change from Brandon.

Logan McVeigh would break into the Tigers end, hesitate, and send a cross ice pass to a rushing Dylan Bredo. Bredo would fire a shot on net and Corbin Boes would kick out a big rebound.
Jake Doty would pick up the loose puck skating by and pop it into an empty net 1-1 TIE

The game is tied but the Tigers won that period. They outchanced Brandon by about a 4-1 ratio in the period, and outshot them 10-6.

2nd Period
Was a fairly even period. Both teams generated some lower quality chances.

Jake Doty's pass would be a hair too far ahead for Elgin Pearce at center ice and the wheaties rushed back up the ice on the turnover.  Jason Swyripa would take a slapshot just inside the blueline and it would take the legs out of Dylan Bredo. The puck came right back to Swyripa who had a clear lane to the net and put the puck up high glove side on Lanigan.
 2-1 Brandon

 Dylan Bredo would take some time to get off the ice....Lets hope he is OK.

Well Bredo would get his revenge on his return to the ice. Elgin Pearce would enter the zone down low and circle back. He would find Bredo coming off the bench. Bredo would snap a wrist shot through traffic and it beat Corbin Boes. 2-2 TIE

Late in the Period Elgin Pearce took a high blindside hit from Tyler Yaworski.  Elgin looked dazed after the hit. Their was no call on the play...Probably could have been a 5 minute major.
See if he returns to the game

Tigers Outshot Brandon 10-9 for a 2 period total of 20-15.

3rd Period
Pearce is back on the ice.

The Tigers would start the period with a bang. 41 seconds in Hunter Shinkaruk beat his man down low and poked the puck to Valk behind the net. Valk would do a quick wrap-around and the puck would slide underneath Corbin Boes. 3-2 Tigers

Brandon's Captain Ryan Pulock would take out Boston Leier and the Brandon net just as Dylan Bredo was left alone in front with the puck. Pulock would get called for interference and the Tigers would take their insurance goal on the powerplay.

Shinkaruk at the point would pass the puck to Curtis Valk down low, who then fed the puck back to a streaking Shinkaruk in the slot and he managed to put the puck under Corbin Boes. 4-2 Tigers

Tigers outshot Brandon 15-7 in the period and 35-22 Overall.

That's 3 road games in a row where the Tigers have played really well through the whole game. Even with the loss of Busenius the Tigers are still scoring on their powerplay.

Dylan Bredo has been a rock on defense and was playing first unit minutes tonight. I thought Miles Koules, and Cole Sanford are showing sparks of taking their game to the next level.

The Tigers are doing a good job at trying to take advantage of these early January points. As they play some very tough teams in the second half of this month.

Next Up
Vancouver comes calling Tuesday at the Arena

The GM/Coaching Poll has run its course, with a first half fan approval rating of 44% we'll see if that improves after the season is over.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Pats Defeat Tigers 3-2 SO

Bredo playing the point again on the second unit and playing forward on the penalty Kill
New guy Zach Hodder is seeing 3rd unit minutes alongside Ty Stanton
Spenser Jensen is back in the lineup.

1st Period

Ty Stanton took a Regina player hard into the boards and got called for tripping.

The pats would take advantage on the powerplay.

A Pats player would attempt a cross ice pass in front of the crease, but it would get blocked and the puck would lay in front of Lanigan. Lanigan dove to cover it up but Former Tiger Trent Oullete would pounce on the puck and roof it over a fallen Lanigan. 1-0 Regina

Some good work by Hunter Shinkaruk would lead to the tigers tieing up the game.  Shinkaruk was able to whack away a loose puck in his own end and fall on it along the boards. Pats left Winger Dyson Stephenson would aggressively try to uncover the puck from a fallen Shinkaruk and the ref called him for slashing.

On the powerplay Shinkaruk came off the bench to receive a pass from Elgin Pearce. The pats had a couple guys standing around in the middle of the ice and it allowed Shinkaruk some room to the outside and he fed a cross ice feed to Pearce on a mini 2 on 1 down low. Pearce was able to beat an outstretched Matt Hewitt to tie the game.  
1-1 TIE

Shot Total says 9-3. The pats came out really aggressive and had the Tigers a bit on their heels, however the Tigers were able to minimize the scoring chances Regina was able to create.

Notes: Trevor Cox and Chad Butcher went hard into the boards. I was unable to see if they returned to the game.

2nd Period
Cox is back on the ice

The Tigers would take the lead 7 minutes into the first period.
Zach Hodder would take a point shot, and 2 pats would fall near their net trying to knock away the shot and rebound. Boston Leier would pick up the puck and make a pass over to Jake Doty on the far side. Doty had all kinds of time with the goalies out and made no mistake. 2-1 Tigers Lead

The Tigers put on a lot of pressure on Regina early in the second period. Regina seemed to Bench their top line. The Regina broadcasters kept mentioning that they haven't been on the ice in a looog time and weren't on the powerplay.

This tactic seemed to work as Regina's second unit would score a goal just after a Cole Sanford tripping penalty would expire. Kyle Burroughs would take a long shot from the point and Jack Rodewald would get his stick on it and deflect it past Lanigan. They would go upstairs and review the play but quicky deemed it a goal. 2-2 TIE

Regina's Oomf finally died down and the TIgers had some pressure of their own. Regina got a bit of a lucky bounce near the end. Regina outshot the Tigers 9-8 in the period. The Tigers are playing a good road game, but have been juggling their lines up a little. I haven't seen Chad Butcher back on the ice yet.

3rd Period
No Scoring

I thought Regina got lucky on a few of the penalty calls. Tigers Doty got called for goaltender interference after getting driven into the net on a 2 on 1 and late in the game Elgin Pearce got called for boarding after bracing himself for a pats player who beat him to the puck along the boards. Both very questionable calls IMO.

The Tigers would also get a 1 minute 5 on 3, but couldn't gain much puck possesion time in Regina's zone. Regina Outshot the Tigers 12-11 in a very close period.

The Tigers had sooo many chances to end it. Lewington was left alone in front. Shinkaruk had a couple chances.

Shoot Out
The only goal came from Morgan Klimchuck who made a very nice shootout move faking the shot, went to the otherside and stuffed the puck five-hole.

I thought the Tigers played a very good road game and faced a very feisty Regina Team at home. They generated a lot of odd man rushes and had numerous high quality chances, but Matt Hewitt played a very solid game and was promptly named the game first star. Can't fault them for their effort they played well.

Next Game: Brandon Saturday Night

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Former Tiger Kale Kessy Shipped to Kamloops

Kessy Traded to Kamloops


The giants shipped overager Kale Kessy to the Kamloops Blazers for 18-year-old winger Rob Trzonkowski and a 2015 fifth-round draft pick in return.

Kessy was traded immediately after the Giants played the Blazers in kamloops.

Alex Theriau Retires From the WHL

Good read from the leaderpost about Alex Theriau and his unfortunate early retirement from the whl

Tigers Beat Flu and PA

Edit: I can't spell

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tigers Defeat Raiders 5-2

Kyle Becker is out with an injury suffered last night.
Dylan Bredo is playing defense
Blake Penner is off to the world under 17's

Prince Albert is playing their rarely used backup Andy Desautel.
They also have their top scorer Mark McNeil out with Team Canada.

New Lines
Shinkaruk McVeigh Valk
Leier Pearce Doty
Koules Cox Sanford
Broadhead Owre Butcher

First Period
A very strong start to the hockey game. The Tigers had 2 instances where they put a solid 3 shifts in a row together in the offensive end. They definitely won the period.

Jayden Hart and Elgin Pearce had a couple scuffles on the ice. 

The only goal of the period came on a weird play. The Webcast was to slow to pick it up but the puck was in the corner, and it looked like Jacob Doty smacked at a loose puck and all of a sudden the puck was in the net. 1-0 Tigers.

The Tigers outshot P.A 8-4 in the first period.

New guy Zach Hodder made a bone crushing hit along the boards in his own end.

2nd Period
The Raiders come out with an early chance but after that it was all Tigers.

Derek Ryckman took a shot from the point. The puck would bounce off of Shinkaruk and into the net. 2-0 Tigers.

Ty Stanton was taken heavily into the boards resulting in a Tigers powerplay.

After the Raiders clear the puck down the ice the Tigers take it back up on the rush.  Curtis Valk and Elgin Pearce would make a perfect give and go type play at the blueline, and Valk fed a streaking Shinkaruk at the far end.  Shinkaruk on a bit of a bad angle would roof a shot with the goalie down and out. 3-0 Tigers.

P.A had a couple powerplays, but only managed one real good chance, and got caught with too many men on the ice to negate half of their second powerplay.

Late in the period the Tigers had numerous chances to score, the Raiders backup is keeping his team in the game. The Tigers outshot the Raiders 13-5 in the second period, and 23-9 overall. The raiders haven't come to play tonight.

3rd Period
Raiders get on the board and start getting some momentum. Dylan Busenius took a shot from the point and it was deflected by Jayden Hart. 3-1 Tigers

The Tigers would get the momentum back on their side with a shorthanded goal.
Hunter Shinkaruk knocked a loose puck past the Raiders defenceman and went off on a 2 on 1 with Curtis Valk..   Valk came down the far wing and fired a shot over the shoulder of Andy Desautels
4-1 Tigers.   The Raiders Mike Winther would take a roughing penalty going after Tyler Lewington during the celebration and it would put the Tigers on the powerplay.

The Tigers would strike. Boston Leier took a heavy shot from the half-wall. Elgin Pearce would lay into the rebound from the high slot on a one-timer. 5-1 Tigers.

Prince Albert would pull within 3 again a minute and a half later. Dakota Conroy fed a streaking Anthony Bardaro down the middle who faked a shot which fooled lanigan down to his knees, and then Roofed the shot. 5-2 Tigers

Tigers outshot P.A 13-5, for a 3 period total 36-14.


Dylan Bredo filled in very well playing defence.
Miles Koules played really well.
Boston Leier had a bit of an off night.
Ty Stanton had a great night eating a lot of minutes.
The New Defenceman Zach Hodder is showing a good first pass and some good mobility on the back-end.

The Tigers were aggressive on their forecheck and had lots of chances, while greatly minimizing the Raiders chances.

Dylan Busenius played very well for the raiders and both former Tigers factored in on the scoring for P.A.

Next Up 
Regina and Brandon Friday/Saturday
Two Very important games as both are very close behind the Tigers in the standings.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tigers Make A Big Trade

The Prince Albert Raiders have acquired 19-year-old defenceman Dylan Busenius and 18-year-old forward Jayden Hart as well as a 6th round selection in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

 In exchange, the Raiders  have traded 19-year-old defenceman Zach Hodder, 18-year-old forward Logan McVeigh, prospect Connor Hobbs and a 2nd round draft pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft to the Tigers.

Logan McVeigh - 6'1  195 lbs  23 points in 38 games with the raiders.
McVeigh is a hard worker who will finish is checks, even when he doesn't score he makes an impact on the game. Has some skill, can play the wing or center.

Zach Hodder - 5'11 180 lbs  3 points in 25 games. 16 PM's 
- P.A fans were saying he was trade bait all year.

Alex Theriau
Theriau announced yesterday he has officially retired from the whl as he still has complications from his Hip Injury. http://www.reginapats.com/article/alex-theriau-retires-from-junior-hockey