Article Courtesy: Ryan McCracken / MH NEWS
The bounces went Medicine Hat’s way on Tuesday night at the Enmax Centrium.
The Tigers benefitted from three goals off opposing players and bounced back from an early 2-1 deficit to secure a 5-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels and return home to the Canalta Centre on a high.
While the Tigers held Red Deer without a shot for the first nine minutes of the game, the Rebels still managed to break through with the opening salvo. Tigers goaltender Michael Bullion made an initial pad save on a Kristian Reichel backhand late in the first, but Brandon Hagel waiting on the doorstep and jammed the home to give the Rebels a narrow lead at the break.
Ryan Chyzowksi knotted things up just over 90 seconds into the middle frame. The sophomore Tigers forward deflection a low shot from newly acquired teammate Hayden Ostir past Rebels netminder Ethan Anders.
While the Rebels stole back the lead just over a minute later on a goal from Lane Zablocki, the Tabbies responded in numbers. First Ryan Jevne stepped into a pass from Dylan MacPherson and ripped the resulting slap shot through Anders to draw even, then David Quenneville bounced a puck off the skate of Rebels winger Akash Bains and into the net to give his team a lead to take into the third.
The pinball play continued into the third, with Tyler Preziuso earning his third goal of the year after an intended cross-crease pass took a deflection off Dawson Barteaux’s skate and past Anders.
Tigers rookie Joel Craven joined the scoring parade a few minutes later on yet another fortuitous deflection. The 17-year-old defenceman was credited for his first WHL goal in the first game of his career after putting a point shot off the stick of Carson Sass and past Anders — chasing him from the crease.
Bullion collected the victory with a 30-save effort to push Medicine Hat to 7-4-0-0. Anders took the 23-save loss, dropping Red Deer to 6-6-0-0 on the season. Lasse Petersen stopped five in relief of Anders.
The Tigers return to the Canalta Centre tonight to host Zach Fischer and the Spokane Chiefs at 7 p.m.