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TIGERS WIN 5TH STRAIGHT IN CRANBROOK

Cranbrook, BC — Winning hockey games in the Western Hockey League doesn’t come easy no matter your opponent. The Tigers had learned that 24 hours prior to their rematch with the Kootenay Ice Wednesday night. The Ice played a good road game at the Canalta Centre the Tigers prevailed with a 4-3 victory, improving their record in home and home’s to 6-1-1-0 this season. Wednesday was eerily similar to Tuesday’s game but this time, a span of 2 minutes was all Medicine Hat needed to keep pace in the Central Division lead.

Medicine Hat opened the game early as the trio of Mark Rassell, James Hamblin and Max Gerlach went to work. Gerlach buried his 28th of the season with a back hand shot that tickled the cross bar and behind Peyton Lee. The remainder of the period was a back and forth with the Tigers controlling the shot clock 15-8. Michael Bullion made the start for the Tigers after picking up the victory in Tuesday’s game in relief of Nick Schneider. Bullion was good in the period as the 8 shots on goal from the Ice were of quality which kept Medicine Hat in the game. The period would end 1-0 after 20 minutes.

It was a different team that stepped on the ice for Kootenay. The young squad controlled play throughout the period and ended up out shooting Medicine Hat 11-9. Medicine Hat and Bullion however would add to their lead when the Rassell line struck again. Rassell scored his 23rd of the season giving the assists to Hamblin and Gerlach. Kootenay jumped back into the game on the power play as Brett Davis scored his 15th of the year and 3rd goal in 2 games against Medicine Hat this week. Bullion shut the door the remainder of the period as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead into the final frame.

Jump ahead to the third period as Kootenay tied the game off a Tigers turnover. Vince Loschiavo netted his 18th of the year after stealing a Tigers pass up the middle and wristed a high shot past Bullion which made it a tie game at 2 a piece. Hamblin would be at it again at the 5 minute mark notching his 13th of the season to put the Tigers up by one with lots of time left in the game. After the Hamblin goal the Tigers won the game in a 2 minute span, all while playing 4 on 4. Chad Butcher was pointless to the Ice heading into Tuesday’s game but got his first point at home. Wednesday night Butcher found himself in the penalty box when the Tigers scored 3 times in a span of less than 2 minutes. Matt Bradley notched his 22nd of the year, which was then followed by Gerlach’s second of the game and 29th of the season and finally capped off by Gary Haden’s 5th as all of a sudden Medicine Hat had a 4 goal lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on route to the victory.

TIGERS STAT LINES:

  • Jordan Henderson – 1A
  • Mark Rassell – 1G
  • Dalton Gally – 1A
  • Tyler Preziuso – 1A
  • Mason Shaw – 1A
  • Gary Haden – 1G
  • Max Gerlach – 2G, 1A
  • James Hamblin – 1G, 2A
  • Matt Bradley – 1G
  • Kristians Rubins – 2A
  • Brad Forrest – 1A

THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

  1. James Hamblin – MH – 1G, 2A
  2. Max Gerlach – MH – 2G, 1A
  3. Vince Loschiavo – KTY – 1G, 1A

 

Medicine Hat continues their road trip Friday night as they travel south of the border to take on Spokane Friday and Tri-City on Saturday night.

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