The Tigers have struggled over their last five games going 0-4-1-0. They returned home to take on the much improved Prince George Cougars on Saturday night. The Tigers came out hungry in the game and battled hard to a 7-2 victory that put them back in the win column.
The Cougars would strike early in the first period to open the scoring. Jordan Tkatch scored an unassisted goal for his second of the season. The Tigers would take over the period from there though scoring three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission. Elgin Pearce scored his second on the season while on the power play from Spenser Jensen and Dylan Busenius. Hunter Shinkaruk would follow that up with his team leading fifth goal with Busenius once again getting an assist. As the final minute of the period wound down Jacob Doty would put the Tigers up two goals with his first since being acquired from Seattle. Boston Leier would pick up the lone assist on the goal.
The Tigers started off the second just as they ended the first. Jayden Hart would score two quick ones to put the home team up by four in his return from an illness. Leier picked up an assist on both markers and Matt Staples picked up his first WHL point with an assist on the second goal. Kyle Becker scored the Tigers second power play goal of the game at the 12:31 mark of the second to give them a 6-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Leier and Trevor Cox gathered the assists on the goal. Leier’s helper gave him four assists on the night and the team lead with eight on the season.
Down five goals, the Cougars wouldn’t give up on the game. Daulton Siwak scored his fifth of the season while on the power play to cut the lead to four with just under six minutes remaining. Raymond Grewal and Joseph Carvalho picked up the assists on the goal. Chad Butcher would reinstate the Tigers’ five goal lead with the first WHL goal of his career. Elgin Pearce added an assist on the goal to go along with his earlier marker.
Marek Langhamer played great in net to pick up his third win of the season. Langhamer allowed only two goals on the 30 shots he faced.
The Tigers’ special teams had a good night going 2 for 7 on the power play while killing off 4 of the 5 Prince George opportunities.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) Boston Leier – Medicine Hat Tigers
2) Jayden Hart – Medicine Hat Tigers
3) Dylan Busenius– Medicine Hat Tigers
Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Night – Elgin Pearce
Insurance Brokers Association of Western Canada Insurance Goal of the Game – Jayden Hart
The Tigers’ next game is Sunday night against the Saskatoon Blades at the Arena. Game time is 6:00 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at livestream.whl.ca.