For the second season in a row, the Medicine Hat Tigers have clinched the Central Division title despite falling 3-1 to the Calgary Hitmen.
The Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-1 which made it impossible for the 32-31-6-0 Hurricanes to catch the Orange and Black in points, regardless of having a game in hand.
Calgary Hitmen netminder, Nick Schneider stopped 36 of the Tabbies’ 37 shots to help the Hitmen win 3-1.
During the first two periods of the game, both Schneider and Tigers’ goaltender Michael Bullion made exceptional saves to keep the game scoreless going into the final frame.
Twelve seconds into the third period, Dylan MacPherson buried a Mark Rassell rebound to score his 4th of the season and the first goal of the game.
Midway through the stanza, Hitmen forward Tristen Nielsen beat Bullion to tie the game back up before his teammate Riley Stotts scored on the power play to give the visitor’s a 2-1 lead.
Late in the frame, the Tigers called a time out before pulling Bullion to gain the man advantage in hopes of bringing the game back to a stalemate.
Unfortunately, the Hitmen managed to gain possession of the puck and Conner Chaulk buried it into the empty net to secure the 3-1 Hitmen victory.
Bullion made 20 saves on the 22 shots he faced.
The Orange and Black are now 35-27-8-0 and will finish the regular season with a home and home series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Friday the Tabbies will pay a visit to the Enmax Centre before returning home to host the Hurricanes Saturday night.
Saturday’s contest will also be our fan appreciation night. The game will start at 7:30 PM.