TIGERS COMEBACK TO BEAT THE HURRICANES 4-2
The Medicine Hat Tigers came back from a 1-0 deficit at the end of the second frame to defeat their Central Division rivals, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 4-2.
The Tigers were unable to get one past Hurricanes’ goaltender Reece Klassen until the final period when David Quenneville scored on the powerplay less than five minutes into the frame to tie the game up at 1. The goal was assisted by Mark Rassell and Ryan Chyzowski.
The first twenty minutes featured a lot of back and forth play between the 1st and 2nd place teams in the Central Division but ultimately both teams headed to the dressing room scoreless.
Jordy Bellerive opened the scoring in the second period while capitalizing on a Hurricane powerplay. Bellerive’s 18th goal of the season was assisted by Calen Addison and Taylor Ross.
Midway through the third period, Max Gerlach doubled the score for the Tigers with a beautiful top shelf goal. Gerlach’s 13th goal of the season was assisted by Jaeger White and Kristians Rubins.
The Hurricanes responded 22 seconds later to tie the game back up at 2. Lane Zablocki scored his 10th of the season but first in a Canes jersey and it was assisted by Giorgio Estephan and Ross.
With under three minutes left in regulation, James Hamblin scored on a powerplay to give the Orange and Black the lead 3-2. Quenneville and Chyzowski had the assists.
In the final minute of play, Lethbridge pulled Klassen for the extra attacker. But after winning possession of the puck, Quenneville sent it down the ice into the empty net for his second goal of the evening.
Tigers goaltender Jordan Hollett made 27 saves while Klassen turned away 36 of the Tabbies’ 40 shots.
Tonight’s win marks a milestone for Head Coach Shaun Clouston as he has now tied the franchise all-time win record with former coach Willie Desjardins.
Clouston and the Tigers will look to break the record Friday as they head West on Highway Three for a rematch against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The game will be played at the ENMAX Centre and it will begin at 7:00 p.m.