The Tigers opened their season on the road the other night against Lethbridge. The game was a close one with the Hurricanes sealing the deal late in the game with an empty netter to win 4-2. The two teams didn’t wait long to renew their rivalry as they played the second half of the home and home series Saturday night at the Arena. The fans were excited to have Tigers hockey back in Medicine Hat and they were loud from the moment the first player was introduced until the final buzzer.
Dylan Busenius had a big night for the Tigers collecting a goal and two helpers. Busenius’ goal came on the power play at 15:40 mark of the first period. The goal set the tone for the game and helped the Tigers take control of the play.
Kale Kessy scored his second of the season early in the second period. Busenius and goaltender Dawson MacAuley picked up the assists on the marker. The Tigers dominated the puck in the second period outshooting the Hurricanes 13-6 in the frame.
The Tigers really put the game away in the third period. Curtis Valk scored a beauty off a pass from Tyler Lewington to give the Tabbies the 3-0 lead. Hunter Shinkaruk and Spenser Jensen each added power play goals to give the Tigers a commanding 5-0 lead with only 3:22 remaining in the game. However the Hurricanes would respond late ruining Dawson MacAuley’s shutout bid. Sam Mckechnie scored his second of the season with only 1:21 left in the game.
Dawson MacAuley played great in his first game in net this season. He saved 23 of the 24 shots he faced and helped the Tigers keep the lead despite giving up eight power play chances.
The Hurricanes also had their fair share of penalties. They gave the Tigers nine opportunities with the man advantage. The Tigers used the extra room on the ice to score three goals.
Earls Three Stars of the Night:
1) Curtis Valk – Medicine Hat Tigers
2) Dawson MacAuley – Medicine Hat Tigers
3) Miles Koules – Medicine Hat Tigers
Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Night – Kyle Becker
The Tigers’ next game is Friday night against the Red Deer Rebels at the Enmax Centrium. Game time is 7:30 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at livestream.whl.ca.