Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers have seen a lot of the Red Deer Rebels over the past 2 weeks, playing three times in their past 6 games. The schedule already had these two teams playing 5 times, with one game remaining in the season series, March 3rd. On this night, it was the Tigers who would send the Tigers faithful home happy.
Red Deer has been a tough team as of late, winners of 6 straight earlier in the month, Red Deer has slotted themselves into a 3rd position in the Central Division after a slow start. The first period was an exciting one for Tigers fans as Anthony Ast would make his season debut. Ast would make his presence known tonight as he potted his 1st goal in his 1st game as he rifled home a pass from Alex Mowbray to open the scoring. Red Deer would answer just 4 minutes later as a speedy Presten Kopeck broke away from the Tigers defence and potted his 8th past Langhamer.
The middle frame was an up and down period as both teams jostled for position. Cole Sanford would give the Tigers an early lead as he wristed home a shot past Rebels goalie Rylan Toth, who was making his 9th consecutive start for the visitors. The Rebels were a team determined to tie it up as Brett Cote, the game’s second star, would net his 4th of the season as he joined the rush and took a pass from Meyer Nell to even the game at 2. Scott Feser would give the Rebels a one goal lead shorthanded with only 3 minutes remaining.
The final frame was exciting as the Tigers tried to tie the game. Tigers put the pressure on and the rookie line of Zach Fischer, Mason Shaw and Mark Rassell were dynamite tonight as were rewarded as Fischer found the puck off a Ty Schultz shot that came off the glass to knot the game up at 3.
The game went to extra hockey as both teams would play 4 on 4 to decide a winner. Both the Rebels and Tigers have lots of speed and both had chances, but it was Captain Tyler Lewington would squeek one past Toth through the five hole to win the game for the Tigers 4-3.
TIGERS FAST FACTS
- Ty Schultz recorded his 3rd multi-point game of the season, his first since October 11th
- Zach Fischer potted his 1st WHL goal tonight
- Cole Sanford increased his team leading point total to 37 with a goal and an assist
- Anthony Ast played in his first game of the season after returning from wrist surgery
- Trevor Cox crept closer to the WHL lead in assists with 31 and now sits 7 behind Kelowna’s Nick Merkley
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Anthony Ast – MH – (1G, season debut)
2. Brett Cote – RD – (1G)
3. Zach Fischer – MH – (1G)
The Tigers will be back at it tomorrow night against the Edmonton Oil Kings for a 7:30pm start. Call the Tigers box office at 403-527-8406 to get your tickets!