Medicine Hat Tigers

Sold Out Crowd Treated To Tigers 5-1 Victory Over Regina

February 5, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Medicine Hat Tigers News Release

Medicine Hat, AB - 6178 filled the confines of Co-op Place and saw the Medicine Hat Tigers score their third straight win and second over the Regina Pat 5-1 Sunday evening.

The Tigers were down early in the 1st as Pats Centre Connor Bedard, would beat Tigers starter Beckett Langkow (Vegreville, AB) just 1:13 into the opening frame but the Tigers didn't let the early fault, steer them astray as just over three minutes later Pasha Bocharov (Escondido, CA) would snap his 11th of the campaign far side on Pats goaltender Drew Sim at 4:32 to make 1-1. Oasiz Wiesblatt (Calgary, AB) would extend his point streak to six games on the game tying goal. Then in the latter half of the first, Kurtis Smythe (Cloverdale, BC) would pinball a shot through traffic beating Sim to make it 2-1 for the home side for his second of the season for a one goal lead heading to the middle stanza. Cayden Lindstrom (Chetwynd, BC) & Dallon Melin (Czar, AB) would help contribute on the mark. Tigers would take their one goal lead into the second outshooting the Pats 10-9.

Off to the second where goaltending was centre stage thanks to Beckett Langkow and Drew Sim going shot for shot but one puck did solve the Regina netminder as Rhett Parsons (Cremona, AB) would walk in from a point shot beating Sim to make it 3-1 Tigers. Gavin McKenna (Whitehorse, YT) and Reid Andresen (Saskatoon, SK) would help out with the third goal of the afternoon for the Orange and Black. The Tigers would take that two-goal lead into the third period and never looked back.

In the final 20 minutes the Tigers gave no quarter on the Pats and were rewarded with a shorthanded penalty shot as Dallon Melin would deke an outstretched Sim at 7:31 for his 13th of the year and the 9th shorthanded goal team wise for Medicine Hat and then with just 1:54 left in regulation, Wiesblatt would score his 20th and third goal of the weekend to seal the deal for the Tigers in a 5-1 win.

It was a clean sheet for the Tigers penalty kill going 3/3 despite a quiet night on the power play where nothing amounted going 0/3. Beckett Langkow's brilliant performance saw him make 30/31 saves for his 18th win of the season.

With the win the Tigers are back to .500 with a 21-21-7-1 record and are for the time being, holding down the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Next up for the Tigers is a home at home series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes which will conclude the season match-up with their Highway 3 rivals first on the road Friday at the Enmax Centre and Saturday night back at Co-op Place.

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