Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Calgary Hitmen 5-4 on Sunday to split the home and home series.
After falling 7-5 to the Hitmen Friday in Calgary, the Tigers returned home to win 5-4.
Tigers rookie forward Corson Hopwo intercepted a Hitmen pass and flew down the ice to beat the Hitmen’s goaltender Jack McNaughton and score his first Career WHL Goal early in the game.
The Hitmen responded quickly with a goal of their own from veteran Cael Zimmerman.
With less than five minutes to play in the first period, Josh Williams pounced on a loose puck and buried it to regain the Tigers’ lead. Hayden Ostir and Linus Nassen combined on the play.
Late in the frame on a power play, Dylan MacPherson and Elijah Brown combined to set Ostir up to score and extend the lead 3-1 before heading to the dressing room.
In the second stanza, Hitmen forward Kaden Elder scored on a rebound to cut the Tigers’ lead.
Ryan Jevne fed Nassen the puck before Nassen buried it to score his first goal of the night and give the home team a 4-2 lead. Tyler Preziuso picked up an assist on the play.
Just over three minutes later, Nassen fired the puck in through traffic on the power play to get his second of the night. James Hamblin and Jevne combined on the play.
In the dying minutes of the second period, Hitmen Luke Coleman scored. Tigers headed to the dressing room wth a 5-3 lead.
Both teams had their chances in the third frame but it wasn’t until the 17:55 marker that Hitmen Elder scored his second of the night and made it a one-goal game.
Tigers held on to win the game 5-4. Jordan Hollett turned aside 36 of the 40 shots faced.
Hitmen’s McNaughton stopped 23 of the Tigers’ 28 shots.
The Tigers are now 9-7-0-2 and will have a two-game homestand next weekend. Friday night the Orange and Black will host the 10-7-2-0 Saskatoon Blades during a NewRock Development Chuck a Puck Night. Saturday the Tabbies host 10-7-1-1 Edmonton Oil Kings. Both games will start at 7:30 PM.