Coming off a big win against Prince George, the Tigers hosted the Saskatoon Blades at the Arena on Sunday night. It was the Tigers third game of the weekend and fourth in five nights. Saskatoon is this year’s Memorial Cup host team but has gotten off to a rough start this season. Coming into they game the held a record of 3-7-0-0 but that didn’t mean that the Tigers would over look them. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Blades played better than what there record would suggest winning 6-3.
The Tigers got an early lead courtesy of Curtis Valk at the midway point of the first. Elgin Pearce and Trevor Cox picked up the assists on Valk’s fifth of the season. However, the Blades would respond with two of their on in the frame. Josh Nicholls picked up his seventh of the year on the power play and Shane McColgan scored his second with only a second remaining on the clock.
Up 2-1 in the second period the Blades took advantage of their power play opportunities. Matej Stransky and Darren Dietz each scored a power play marker within a 1:25 span. Trevor Cox would respond for the Tigers to cut the lead to 4-2 heading into the final period. Curtis Valk returned the favor this time setting up Cox for his fifth of the season.
Josh Nicholls would score his second of the game only 19 seconds into the third period to give the Blades a comfortable three goal lead. The Tigers would respond again though cutting the lead to two once again. Hunter Shinkaruk scored his team leading sixth goal of the season from Tyler Lewington and Dylan Bredo. A mere 34 seconds later though Brett Stovin scored to put the Blades up 6-3 and that is where this game would end.
Marek Langhamer got the nod in net again for the Tigers. He allowed six goals on 33 Saskatoon shots and stopped Josh Nicholls on a penalty shot early in the first period. With the loss his record now sits at 3-4-1-0 on the season.
The Tigers’ special teams had a rough night going 0 for 6 on the power play while allowing 3 power play goals against on 4 opportunities.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) Darren Dietz – Saskatoon Blades
2) Josh Nicholls – Saskatoon Blades
3) Curtis Valk – Medicine Hat Tigers
Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Night – Kyle Becker
The Tigers’ next game is Tuesday night against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Arena. Game time is 7:00 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at livestream.whl.ca.