The Tigers were hoping to end their three game BC road trip with a win in Kamloops after losing the previous two. The Blazers would pose a tough challenge though having gone 4-0-0-1 in their first five games. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Blazers would use their home ice advantage to win a hard fought game 4-1.
It took until the start of the second period to see a goal with the Blazers opening the scoring. Tim Bozon scored his fifth of the season at the 2:23 mark of the second to give the Blazers the lead. The Blazers would add another one late in the period to grab a two goal lead. Jordan Thompson scored his first of the season off a lucky bounce from behind the goal line. Miles Koules would respond with just over a minute and a half remaining in the period for the Tigers. Curtis Valk won a draw in the offensive zone and Koules buried his third of the season with quick wrister. The goal cut the lead to one as they headed to the third.
JC Lipon was the beneficiary of some nifty passing on the power play midway through the third. Lipon scored his second of the season to give the Blazers a two goal lead. Lipon would strike again later in the period as well. With the Tigers net empty, Lipon put a backhand on net to ice the game and give the Blazers a 4-1 win.
Dawson MacAuley had a great game in net to keep the Tigers in the game. He allowed only three goals on the 36 shots he faced.
The Tigers special teams went 0 for 4 on the power play while killing off 1 of 2 penalties.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) JC Lipon – Kamloops Blazers
2) Cole Cheveldave – Kamloops Blazers
3) Dawson MacAuley– Medicine Hat Tigers
The Tigers’ next game is Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oil Kings at The Arena. Game time is 7:00 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at livestream.whl.ca or Shaw TV.