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TIGERS BEAT REBELS 4-3 IN OT

Ryan McCracken / MH News

It was a historic night for the Medicine Hat Tigers as Mark Rassell scored the game winning goal late in a thrilling overtime to help the Tigers defeat the Red Deer Rebels 4-3.

Tonight’s victory marks Head Coach Shaun Clouston’s 324th victory behind the bench, breaking the franchise record for most wins by a Head Coach previously held by Willie Desjardins.

After Rassell’s early penalty for holding in the first period, he came out of the box flying and his team quickly responded by increasing their offensive pressure. Gary Haden scored the first goal of the game shorthanded while Tyler Preziuso was in the penalty box for high sticking. Max Gerlach and Kristians Rubins had the assists. 

With less than 10 minutes left to play in the first frame, Red Deer rookie River Fahey put the Rebels on the board scoring his first career WHL goal and tying the game up at 1.

The Tigers continued to pressure offensively which led to Rassell scoring his 30th goal of the season, assisted by Ryan Jevne. Rassell’s goal sent the home team to the dressing room leading 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.

The Orange and Black had a lot of offensive pressure in the second period but it wasn’t until the dying minutes of the middle frame that they were able to increase their lead to 3-1. On a pass from Henry Rybinski, Preziuso scored a beautiful top shelf goal on Rebels netminder Ethan Anders.

Anders left the game after the second period and Riley Lamb started the final frame for the Rebels. Anders made 23 saves on 26 shots before leaving the game. 

The Rebels were able to score two unanswered goals in the final frame to send the game to overtime. Arshdeep Bains scored his first WHL career goal less than a minute into the period. While Mason McCarty scored the game tying goal with under three minutes left in regulation.

The play went end to end a couple times in overtime before Rassell beat Lamb glove side to win the game.

Tabbies veteran netminder Michael Bullion made 23 save on 26 shots. Lamb turned aside 15 of the 16 shots he faced.

The Tigers finish off the 2017 calendar year with a 20-15-2-0 record and will travel to Cranbrook to play the 18-17-2-0 Kootenay Ice on New Year’s Day. The game will start at 4:00 PM.

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