The Medicine Hat Tigers will return to the Western Hockey League Playoffs for a third-straight season.
A 7-4 win against the Red Deer Rebels combined with a 6-2 loss by the Brandon Wheat Kings ensured the Tigers will claim one of the two Wild Card spots available in the Eastern Conference.
In a season of change for the Tigers, they’ve remained competitive among Eastern Conference opposition. Captain James Hamblin leads the Tigers with 76 points (33G-43A). Another Edmonton, Alta. product in Ryan Jevne has posted 63 points (30G-33A) this season to sit second in scoring.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard has been a welcomed addition to the crease, sporting an 18-8-2-2 record, 2.66 goals-against-average, .921 save percentage, and three shutouts in 36 games. Sogaard is the top-ranked WHL goaltender by NHL Central Scouting, ranked third among North American goaltenders.
The Tigers are in action next Friday, March 15 (7:00 p.m. MT) as they close out their season series against the Kootenay ICE at Western Financial Place.
To date, 13 teams have secured their spot in the 2019 WHL Playoffs: Prince Albert Raiders, Everett Silvertips, Vancouver Giants, Portland Winterhawks, Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Edmonton Oil Kings, Victoria Royals, Tri-City Americans, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors, and the Tigers. The Raiders, Giants, and Silvertips have each clinched their respective divisions while the Raiders have also secured the top record in the Eastern Conference and WHL, earning them the 2018-19 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as regular season champions.