Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers have won five straight home games after turning aside the Regina Pats 5-2.
Brett Kemp made his debut in Orange and Black after joining the team at the trade deadline and fit in right away by scoring a pair of goals.
Elijah Brown opened the scoring early in the first frame by jamming in a loose puck that was fired on net by Trevor Longo. Brown’s goal was his 7th of the season.
Late in the frame, Pats’ forward Riley Krane scored to send both teams to the dressing room tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
In the second period, Brown brought the puck in and passed it to Bryan Lockner who fed it across the ice to Kemp to score his first of the night.
Less than five minutes later, Kemp cleaned up a rebound to score his 24th goal of the season extending the Tigers’ lead to 3-1. Kemp’s second goal of the night was assisted by Corson Hopwo and Bryan Lockner.
Midway through the period, Pats’ veteran forward Sebastian Streu scored to cut the Tigers’ lead to 1.
Shortly after, Cole Clayton fired a shot in through traffic from the point to make it 4-2. Clayton’s 3rd goal of the season was assisted by Longo and Hopwo.
With seven seconds left in the second stanza, Tyler Preziuso and Ryan Jevne set up Linus Nässén to score on the power play. Nässén’s goal was his 5th of the season.
Pats’ goaltender Dean McNabb was relieved by affiliate goaltender Matt Pesenti. McNabb stopped 19 of 24 shots faced.
Play was coast to coast in the final frame but neither team were able to score and the game ended 5-2 for the home team.
Pesenti stopped all four shots faced while Tigers’ goaltender Jordan Hollett turned aside 20 of 22 shots faced.
The Medicine Hat Tigers are now 23-16-1-2 and will host the 22-14-4-3 Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday night at the Canalta Centre. The game will start at 7:30 PM and it is the ATB Financial Lids for Kids in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Medicine Hat game. ATB will be selling hats that have been signed by Tigers players for $20/hat and all proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sister Medicine Hat.