The Medicine Hat Tigers split the weekend with the Calgary Hitmen after falling 5-4 Sunday afternoon.
Home ice advantage played a factor in this home and home series as a late Hitmen goal in the final frame of regulation lifted the home team to victory.
The Tabbies came out hungry in the first period outshooting their opponent 20-10. David Quenneville was the lone goal scorer in the starting frame, firing in a bullet from the point to beat Hitmen netminder Nick Schneider. Mark Rassell assisted on the play.
The momentum shifted a lot in the second period, where both teams were able to light the lamp twice.
After a scramble in front of the net, Dakota Krebs scored to get the Hitmen on the board by beating a stickless Michael Bullion.
Just over a minute later, Carson Focht gave his team their first lead of the game by bringing the puck from behind the net and around the goal post.
Midway through the second, on the power play Ryan Jevne fired in a one time shot to beat Schneider far corner. Quenneville and Ryan Chyzowski picked up the assists on Jevne’s 13th goal of the season.
With just over a minute left to play in the middle frame, Bryan Lockner buried a shot on a play from James Hamblin to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Midway through the final frame, Focht scored his second of the night to bring the game back to a stalemate.
Hitmen centre Conner Chaulk scored less than three minutes later to give the home team their second lead of afternoon.
Rassell responded for the Tigers by spinning in the slot and snapping a shot past Schneider to once again tie this game up. Lockner assisted on the play.
With 1:48 seconds left on the clock, Chaulk scored his second of the night and the Hitmen held on to win the game.
Bullion made 42 saves on the 47 shots he faced; Schneider stopped 44 of the Tigers’ 48 shots.
The Tigers are now 28-23-7-0 and they will put on the 2018 ATB Skills Competition Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Canalta Centre before traveling to Swift Current to play the Broncos Friday night.