TIGERS LOSE CLOSE ONE TO WHEATIESOct 16, 2012 - 16:10 MDT
The Tigers and Wheat Kings faced off on Tuesday night in what turned into an offense filled matchup. The two teams traded goals throughout the game with the Wheat Kings coming out on top with a 7-6 win.
The Tigers started off the game strong with Elgin Pearce scoring twice early in the first. The two goals doubled Pearce's season total to four with all coming since being acquired from Kootenay. The Wheat Kings would respond with two of their own though to even the game up at two apiece. Tyler Yaworkski and Tim McGauley were the goal scores for Wheat Kings. The Tigers would retake the lead before the end of the first period while on the power play. Miles Koules scored his fifth goal of his rookie campaign and fourth overall on the power play.
The Tigers once again struck first in the second period. Curtis Valk tied for the team lead with his sixth goal of the season at the 8:48 mark. Brandon would respond quickly again though. Less than a minute after the Tigers took a 4-2 lead, Alessio Bertaggia scored his sixth of the season to cut the lead to one. Bertaggia would strike again later in period to even the score at 4-4 entering the final frame.
The offense continued into the third period with Boston Leier scoring his first of the season to reinstate the lead. Chad Labelle picked up an assist on the Leier goal and followed it up a few minutes later with a goal of his one. Leier returned the favour this time, with Jacob Doty, setting up Labelle for his first of the season. The Tigers looked to once again be in control of the game but the Wheat Kings wouldn't give up. They would go on to score three straight goals in a span of 2:12 to take a 7-6 lead. Ryan Pulock had two of the goals and Ryley Miller picked up the other. The Tigers battled hard for the tying goal. They had a late chance on the power play and pulled Dawson MacAuley to get the extra skater but unfortunately for the Tigers they weren't able to get anything past Corbin Boes.
The goaltenders had a rough night between the pipes. Despite picking up the loss, Dawson MacAuley had a better save percentage than his counterpart, Corbin Boes. MacAuley allowed seven goals on 42 shots and Boes allowed six on 33 Tigers' shots.
The Tigers found some success with the man advantage going 2 for 3. They were also able to kill 2 of the 3 power play chances they gave the Wheat Kings.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) Ryan Pulock – Brandon Wheat Kings
2) Curtis Valk– Medicine Hat Tigers
3) Alessio Bertaggia – Brandon Wheat Kings
Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Night - Elgin Pearce
The Tigers' next game is Saturday night against the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place. 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.