The Medicine Hat Tigers rang in the New Year by defeating the Kootenay Ice 5-4 in overtime.
Kristians Rubins had the overtime winning goal for the Tigers after a wild third period saw 4 goals scored in less than 2 minutes.
The first period had a lot of neutral zone play and ended scoreless.
The middle frame picked up where the first one left off with a lot of back and forth play between the two Central Division rivals.
Ryan Chyzowski got one past Ice goaltender Bailey Brkin on the power play to give the Tigers the lead 7 minutes into the second period.
With less than half the frame remaining, Mark Rassell went flying down the ice to give the Orange and Black a 2-0 lead. Rassell’s 32nd goal of the season was unassisted and the Tigers went to the dressing room with the lead after 40 minutes of play.
Ice forward Brett Davis capitalized on Tigers netminder Jordan Hollett being caught out of position to get the Ice on the scoresheet early in the third period.
Midway through the frame, James Hamblin scored two short handed goals while Rubins was penalized for slashing. Both of Hamblin’s goals were assisted by Rassell.
Alec Baer quickly responded for the Ice, scoring on the power play before Cameron Hausinger scored to make it a 4-3 hockey game.
In the last six minutes of regulation, Baer scored his second of the night to send the game into overtime.
Rubins scored his 3rd goal of the season in overtime to win the game for the Tigers. The game winner was assisted by Gary Haden and Max Gerlach.
Hollett turned aside 35 of 39 shots while Brkin saved 31 of the 36 shots he faced.
The Tigers will travel to Calgary to faceoff against the Hitmen Wednesday night.