The Tigers played their second of three games in a busy weekend. This time they had the home ice advantage as they hosted the Regina Pats. Coming into the game the Tigers have been playing great hockey having won two in a row including a 10-1 victory in Calgary the night before. Cam Lanigan has been a big part of the success leading the league in save percentage coming into the game (.948 Save %). The Tigers would continue their winning ways with a hard fought 5-4 win against the Pats.
The Pats scored early in the game to quiet the anxious crowd a little. Dylan Stevenson scored his sixth of the season only 1:20 into the game. It took a while but the Tigers would respond late in the frame. Hunter Shinkaruk continued his hot play scoring his eighth of the season to tie the game.
The two teams would trade goals again in the second period but this time it was the Tigers scoring first. Dylan Busenius scored his second of the season while the Tigers played with the extra attacker. The lead would only last a few minutes though. Morgan Klimchuk responded for the Pats with his seventh of the year. The period ended with the two teams once again all knotted up.
The third period saw a bit more action. The Pats gave the Tigers a power play only 31 seconds into the period. It wouldn’t take long for the Tigers to take advantage of the the extra room on the ice. Hunter Shinkaruk scored his second of the game to reinstate the Tigers’ lead. It wouldn’t last long though as the Pats would get a power play chance of their own. Not to be outdone, Morgan Klimchuk struck again for the Pats. Dylan Bredo and Trevor Cox would score consecutive goals to give the Tigers the largest lead of the game. With the game all but over the Pats added a very late one to cut the lead to 5-4. With less than a second remaining in the game, Colton Jobke scored his second of the season.
Cam Lanigan was solid in net for the Tigers making 21 saves on 25 shots. Matt Hewitt faced a little more rubber in net for the Pats. He allowed five goals on 34 shots.
The power play unit for both teams was working well. The Tigers went 2 for 5 with the man advantage and allowed two power play goals against on three opportunities.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) Hunter Shinkaruk – Medicine Hat Tigers
2) Curtis Valk – Medicine Hat Tigers
3) Morgan Klimchuk – Regina Pats
Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Night – Dylan Busenius
Insurance Brokers Association of Western Canada Insurance Goal of the Game – Trevor Cox
The Tigers’ next game is Sunday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place. Game time is 6:00 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at livestream.whl.ca.