Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers fell 3-2 to the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight at Rogers’ Place.
The two Central Division rivals were tied 2-2 going into the final frame but Oil Kings forward Andrei Pavlenko broke the stalemate midway through the period to win it for the home team.
Despite the loss, Wednesday night’s contest was a night for milestones for the Orange and Black. Tigers’ speedy veteran forward Tyler Preziuso played in his 200th WHL Career Game while rookie blueliner Eric Van Impe scored his first WHL Career Goal.
During a first period power play, Ryan Chyzowski fed the puck to Gary Haden whose shot was redirected by Bryan Lockner to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Earlier in the second stanza, Van Impe fired a shot in from the point to give the Tabbies a 2-0 lead. Henrik Rybinski and Elijah Brown combined to set up Van Impe for his first milestone as a Tiger.
Later in the period, Brett Kemp scored twice just over two minutes apart to tie the game up at 2 apiece.
Midway through the third frame Pavlenko scored his game winning goal by poking in a rebound past Tigers goaltender Jordan Hollett.
Hollett made quite a few big saves for the Orange and Black while stopping 30 of 33 shots he faced. Oil Kings goaltender Dylan Myskiw made 33 saves on the Tabbies’ 35 shots.
The Tigers are now 1-2-0-0 and will travel to Prince Albert to face the 2-0-0-0 Raiders on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre. The game will start at 7:00 PM MT.