The Medicine Hat Tigers battled back from a 3-1 deficit only to fall short 5-4 in overtime to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
A wild third period saw the Tigers score 3 unanswered goals to send the game into overtime. Warriors’ Captain Brett Howden scored the game winning goal with less than 2 minutes left in extra time to win the game for the home team.
The lone goal scorer in the first period was Warriors’ Brandon Schuldhaus.
Schuldhaus added his second goal of the night early into the middle frame. Just over a minute later, Dmitri Zaitsev found a way to get past Tigers goaltender Jordan Hollett to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
Kristians Rubins beat Warriors’ netminder Brody Willms glove side on a shot from the point to get the Orange and Black on the board in the second period. Josh Williams picked up the assist on Rubins’ 4th goal of the season.
The Tabbies began to have more offensive pressure in the middle frame but they headed to the dressing room trailing 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The Warriors came out hard in the final period and Jayden Halbgewachs deflected one past Hollett to widen the home team’s lead to 4-1.
But the Tigers did not back down and they continued to skate hard and win key battles.
With just over 10 minutes left to play in regulation, Jaegar White scored on a beautiful passing play from Gary Haden and Elijah Brown.
Late in the final frame, during the first power play of the game, Bryan Lockner tipped one in past Willms to cut the Warriors’ lead to 1. Ryan Jevne and White picked up the assists on Lockner’s goal.
With less than a minute left to play, Tigers pulled netminder Jordan Hollett for an extra attacker and it paid off. Mark Rassell scored his 37th goal of the season beating his last seasons’ record of 36 goals and sending the game into overtime. Dylan MacPherson and David Quenneville were credited with the helpers on Rassell’s goal.
Both teams had their chances in overtime before Warriors Howden scored the game winning goal.
Hollett had 35 saves on 40 shots; while Willms turned aside 37 of the Tigers’ 41 shots.
The Tigers are now 24-18-3-0 and will host the Kootenay Ice January 17th at the Canalta Centre. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.