Four Goal Third Period Lifts Tigers Past Raiders
Medicine Hat, AB - The Medicine Hat Tigers put in a strong third period performance to steal an 8-4 game in Prince Albert Wednesday night.
The Raiders had tied the game up 4-4 early into the final period before Ryan Chyzowski scored a natural hat trick bringing his game total to four goals. With seconds left in the game, Cole Sillinger added a goal to make it 8-4. The 16-year-old rookie had a five point night (1G, 4A).
Late in the opening period, Sillinger fired the puck on net and Brett Kemp was all alone to bury the rebound to score his first goal of the night.
Thirty-four seconds later, Sillinger passed to Kemp in the neutral zone who beat his man one on man before dancing the puck into the net for his second of the night and 13th of the season to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
In the first minute of play of the second stanza, Sillinger won the puck behind the net and passed it out front to Chyzowski who fired it past Raiders goaltender Boston Bilious for his first of the night.
Just over three minutes later the Raiders found their way onto the scoresheet courtesy of Brayden Watts.
Midway through the frame, while the Raiders were on the power play Kaiden Guhle scored to cut the Tigers' lead to 1.
The Tigers responded by being tenacious in the Raiders' end and it paid off when Nick McCarry passed the puck to Cole Clayton who fired it into the upper left hand corner to make it 4-2 for the Tabbies. Clayton's goal was his second of the season.
With six seconds remaining in the period, the Raiders struck again when Spencer Moe scored his first of the night. The Tabbies headed to the dressing room leading 4-3 after two periods of play.
Thirty-four seconds into the final frame, Moe scored his second of the night to tie the game up 4-4.
Shortly after Moe tied the game up, while the Tigers were on the power play, Kemp snapped the puck on net and it was touched by Chyzowski on the way in for Chyzowski's second goal of the night.
On the Tigers' next power play, Sillinger combined with James Hamblin to set up Chyzowski for his third of the night.
Bilious left the game after Chyzowski's third goal and was relieved by rookie netminder Carter Serhyenko. Bilious stopped 24 of 30 shots in 46 minutes and 51 seconds played.
With seven minutes left in the game, Kemp fed the puck to Chyzowski who one timed it to score a natural hat trick and pick up his fourth of the night. Chyzowski now has 17 goals this season.
Sillinger finished the game off by scoring with six seconds left to play. He fired the puck into the upper left hand corner for his 12th goal of the season. Clayton assisted on the play.
Tigers rookie goaltender Garin Bjorklund stopped 31 of 35 shots faced in the contest while Serhyenko turned aside 6 of the Tigers' 8 shots he faced.
The Orange and Black are now 22-8-1-0 and they will travel to Red Deer on Friday to take on the Rebels. After Friday's contest, the Tigers will return home Saturday to host the Edmonton Oil Kings for their final game before the holiday break. Fans are encouraged to bring new and unwrapped toys to Saturday's game for the Wawanesa Insurance Toy Drive in support of the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund. Tickets for the game can be purchased in person at the Canalta Centre Box Office or online.
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