Taber, AB —Tonight is the back half of the home and home series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Taber. With lots of Tigers faithful in attendance tonight, the Tigers were looking for their second straight win of the pre-season. On the other side, the Lethbridge Hurricanes were looking for their first win of the pre-season. The Orange and Black turned once again to 16 year old Garin Bjorklund to start, after an excellent performance in yesterday’s game stopping 19/20 in his first pre-season appearance.
Just moments into the game teams would renew hostility’s as big hits were traded from Daniel Baker and Igor Merezkho right out of the gate. The roller coaster ride of a first period would continue. Ryan Vandervlis would sneak one past Bjorklund to put the visitors on the board first. Moments later the Tigers would find a response. Dalton Gally would walk the blue line and find Mark Rassell who would pick the top corner and tie this game up at one. Medicine Hat would take the lead on a great passing play from Rassell, who would throw a nice saucer pass over the Lethrbidge defenders, which would find Josh Williams on the back door for a tap in. That would be Williams 3rd goal of the pre-season. The Hurricanes would answer right back as Jaden Davis would find Dylan Cozens for a one timer for the to tie the game at 2. Shots would be even after the 1st period at 9 shots aside.
In the 2nd period both teams would tighten up defensively, as only 5 shots aside would be exchanged in the first half of the middle frame. The Hurricanes would take the lead on a tough break for the Tigers, as they tried to clear the puck, it would take a bounce off the ice in the crease and find the back of the net. Ryan Vandervlis would get credit for his 2nd goal of the game. Lethbridge was looking to add to their lead as Calen Addison would take a slap shot from the point, Bjorklund would flash out the leather keeping it a one goal game. Garin would leave the game stopping 15/18 shots, Kaeden Lane would enter the game with 8:10 left to play in the 2nd. The Hurricanes wasted no time in testing Lane, as he would stick out the right pad and stop Jordy Bellervie, then later through a screen would stop Vandervlis.
The 3rd period would be much similar to the 1st as the back and forth action would continue. Josh Williams would strike once again for his second of the game, as he would fire one past Bryan Thomson to draw the game even at 3 all. After that goal fire works would ensue as emotions from both sides would run high. Everyone would find a partner the pushing, shoving and face washing would escalate. After the dust was all settled the home side would have a power play to try and take the lead. Bryan Thomson would stop both chances keeping this game tied. The Hurricanes would be looking for the lead with a barrage of chances, Kaeden Lane would go post to post to keep the game tied up at 3. While playing four on four, Josh Williams would fight off three Lethbridge players in the corner, as he found Rassell streaking towards the net. Rassell made no mistake as he went top shelf to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. With 1:16 left to play in the game the Hurricanes pull their goalie looking to tie this game up. Medicine Hat would seal the deal with 30 seconds left as Ryan Chyzowski would hit the empty net. As the Tigers win by a score of 5-3. Josh Williams and Mark Rassell would finish the game with 8 points combined as the pair both netted 2 goals and 2 assists. Goaltender Kaeden Lane stopped all 18 shots he faced after entering the game in the 2nd period.