Ham­blin a game time de­ci­sion

Medicine Hat News - - WORLD - RYAN MCCRACKEN rm­c­cracken@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNMcCracken

Medicine Hat Tigers cen­tre James Ham­blin will be a game time de­ci­sion for tonight’s 7 p.m. Western Hockey League matchup against the Koote­nay Ice at the Canalta Cen­tre.

The 18-year-old cen­tre tweaked his knee dur­ing Satur­day’s 4-2 win over the Cal­gary Hit­men and was ab­sent from Satur­day’s 4-3 over­time vic­tory to close out the home-and-home set.

Tigers head coach and gen­eral man­ager Shaun Clous­ton added he does not be­lieve the in­jury is se­ri­ous, but they will be play­ing it safe with their 2014 first round ban­tam pick.

“We’ll find out a lit­tle bit more, we’ll get the doc­tor to check him out in-depth,” said Clous­ton. “He’s hope­fully short-term, maybe even by the week­end. We don’t think it’s go­ing to be long-term, we just want to make sure.”

Ham­blin has col­lected four goals and 14 as­sists this sea­son. Gary Haden stepped in to fill Ham­blin’s role along­side winger Hay­den Ostir and cap­tain Mark Ras­sell for Satur­day’s game against the Hit­men and logged an as­sist in the vic­tory.

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