TIGERS FALL SHORT 5-4 TO THE HURRICANES
Lethbridge Hurricanes’ Reece Klassen made 37 saves to stop the Medicine Hat Tigers from making a comeback Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes beat the Tigers 5-4 even though the Orange and Black had a lot of offensive pressure in the last half of the game and outshot the Canes 41-34.
The first period had back and forth play between the two Central Division rivals, but Hurricanes Igor Merezhko was able to get one past Tigers netminder Jordan Hollett to send his team to the dressing room leading 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Both teams were able to score twice in the middle frame, even though the Tabbies had more offensive pressure in the last half of the period and outshot the Canes 16-7.
Dylan Cozens and Giorgio Estephan had the second period goals for the Hurricanes. While Jaeger White and David Quenneville scored for the Orange and Black.
Early in the third period, Ryan Chyzowski scored on a power play to tie the game up.
Tigers continued to put the pressure on Klassen but Jordy Bellerive and Zane Franklin were able to score for the Canes to put the home team up 5-3 midway through the third period.
Mark Rassell’s tireless effort paid off with less than five minutes in the game when he was finally able to solve Klassen. The Tigers continued to battle but the game ended with the Hurricanes winning 5-4.
Medicine Hat’s record is now 19-15-2-0 and they will host the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow at the Canalta Centre. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.