The Tigers headed down the Trans Canada to Calgary to take on the Eastern Conference leading Hitmen. Coming off a big shootout win on Wednesday night against the Kelowna Rockets, the Tigers kept the momentum going and even built on it. The Tigers put up a season high 10 goals on their way to a dominant 10-1 victory.
The Tigers offence was on display through out the game. Curtis Valk and Hunter Shinkaruk both had huge nights on the scoresheet being a part of six goals each. Valk scored five times and Shinkaruk added one. Each player also assisted on each other’s goals. Boston Leier, Ty Stanton, Chad Labelle and Gavin Broadhead were the other goal scorers for the Tigers. Stanton’s goal was the first of this WHL career.
Cody Sylvester was the lone goal scorer for the Hitmen with his goal coming late in the third period while already down 9-0.
Cam Lanigan was once again a star in the game. He was nearly perfect saving all but one of Calgary’s 25 shots. The win brought his record to 5-1-0-0 on the season while leading the league with a .948 save percentage. Mack Shields and Chris Driedger split the game in net for the Hitmen. Shields made 14 saves on 20 shots and Driedger allowed four goals on the 13 shots he faced.
The Tigers special teams played a big role in the victory. On the power play the Tigers went 4 for 10 while killing off all 5 penalties.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) Curtis Valk – Medicine Hat Tigers
2) Hunter Shinkaruk – Medicine Hat Tigers
3) Cam Lanigan – Medicine Hat Tigers
The Tigers’ next game is Saturday night against the Regina Pats at the Arena. Game time is 7:30 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at livestream.whl.ca.