Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers were looking to rebound after a 6-2 loss in Moose Jaw. Tonight was the Tigers final exhibition game versus the Red Deer Rebels. The Rebels were coming into this game with a 3-1 record, while the Tigers are sporting a 2-1 record. Michael Bullion got his first start of the pre-season, as he would faceoff against Riley Lamb at the other end.
The Rebels offense would strike early halfway through the opening frame. Kristian Reichel would beat Michael Bullion at 4:26 in the 1st period. Moments later Austin Pratt would find the back of the net giving Red Deer a 2-0 lead. Josh Williams would get one right back for his 6th goal of pre-season, James Hamblin and Trevor Longo would draw the assists. Mason McCarty would score at 8:16 to give the home side a 3-1 lead. The Rebels held a one-shot lead 13-12 after one.
In the 2nd period, Dylan MacPherson would set up Josh Williams for his 2nd of the night shorthanded, to cut the lead to 3-2. Michael Bullion would leave the game 9:30 in the 2nd stopping 18/21 before Duncan McGovern took over the rest of the way. Grayson Pawlenchuk would beat McGovern extending the Rebels lead back 4-2. Red Deer’s defense would only hold the Tigers to 8 shots in the middle frame, taking a 30-20 shot lead heading into the last period.
Lasse Petersen would replace Riely Lamb to start the final frame. The Rebels offense would continue, as Austin Pratt would get his 2nd of the night just 1:11 into the 3rd period. Jaxon Steele would get his 2nd of the pre-season beating Lasse Petersen at 9:40 in the 3rd. Cole Clayton and Daniel Baker would pick up the assists on the play. Duncan McGovern would finish the game with stopping 16/18. That’s as close as the Orange and Black would get as the Red Deer Rebels defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers by a score of 5-3.
TIGERS STAT LINES:
- Josh Williams – 2G
- Jaxon Steele – 1G
- Daniel Baker – 1A
- Dylan MacPherson- 1A
- James Hamblin-1A
- Trevor Longo- 1A
- Cole Clayton- 1A
The Tigers wrap-up the pre-season with a 2-2 record. They will now get ready for their home and home series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, to kick off the 2017-2018 WHL season.