Entering the game at Percival Molson Stadium on the campus of McGill university, the Ticats will be looking to boost their 4-9 record while the Alouettes (5-7) are hoping to put Hamilton farther back in the rear-view mirror.
A victory would vault the Cats into a tie with Montreal for second place in the East Division and clinch the season series, while a win by the Alouettes would push them four points clear of Hamilton while still retaining a game in hand.
While the Al’s are coming off a bye week the Tiger-Cats are fresh off their most impressive outing of the 2022 season after dominating defending champion Winnipeg 48-31 last Saturday.
Ticats QB Dane Evans was named a CFL top performer after throwing for 327 yards and a career high five touchdowns in the victory, which stopped Hamilton’s three-game losing skid.
Evans describes Montreal’s defence, guided by defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe, as a high energy group.
“They biggest thing that they bring is they bring energy,” said Evans. “Whatever they’re doing they are coming with 100 per cent.”
Evans called Montreal’s defensive line “one of the best in the league” and heaped praise on the Alouettes linebacking corps and defensive backs.
The Ticats will be without defensive lineman Dylan Wynne due to a knee injury while safety Tunde Adeleke will be a game time decision as he battles a knee injury as well as Hamilton searches for its first win on the road.
The Cats are 0-6 away from Tim Hortons Field in 2022. Montreal last played Sept. 9 when they blasted the B.C. Lions 31-10.
3 quick stats
- Friday night’s game marks the 101st time that the Ticats and Alouettes will meet in Montreal. Hamilton is 33-63-4 all-time in Montreal, including a last second 29-28 defeat in August.
- The game against Hamilton is Montreal’s fourth straight game at home. The Alouettes have never played four straight games at home in franchise history (1946-1986, 1996-2022).
- Rookie Tiger-Cats kicker Seth Small is a perfect 20-for-20 on after touchdown converts this season. He is 3-for-3 on field goals of more than 50 yards and has converted 17 or his last 19 field goal attempts.