Tigers Fall 9-2 to Blades
The Tigers opened the weekend with a trip to SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon to take on the Blades. The game would be the first matchup between the teams since they were involved in the three-way trade that sent Pavel Bocharov and Brendan Lee to Medicine Hat and former Tiger Ryan Nolan to the Blades.
The Tigers came out swinging to start the game putting up two goals just 5:26 into the first period. Logan Barlage got things started with his first goal as a Tiger in his first game with the new club. Carter Chorney found Barlage with a pass on an odd man rush that he was able to quickly rifle into the back of the net. Owen MacNeil found the scoresheet with the secondary assist. A couple of minutes later while on the power play, Teague Patton would find Oasiz Wiesblatt camped out in front of the net with a cross ice feed that he tapped in for his fifth of the season. Tyler MacKenzie also picked up a helper on the goal to give him at team leading 20 points on the season. Unfortunately for the Orange and Black it was all down here from here. Midway through the period, Tristen Robins got loose on a break away and scored his 19th of the season. The Blades would tie things up 18 seconds later when Jayden Wiens one-timed home a shot from between the faceoff dots for his 10th. With the clock winding down in the opening frame the Blades would add aanother on the power play to take a 3-2 lead into the break. Tyler Wong let go a shot that ricocheted off Kyren Gronick's skate to give the Blades the lead.
The Blades offence kept clicking in the second period and they added another three goals to take a comfortable 6-2 lead. Rhett Rhinehart scored his third of the campaign midway through the middle frame. He let a clapper go from the point that found it's way through traffic for a power play marker. Tristan Robins would strike again for the Blades, but this time it was down a man. Late in the period, Kyle Crnkovic found Robins with a nice pass that he wristed top corner for his 20th. Rhett Rhinehart netted his second of the game only 31 seconds later to give the Blades a four goal lead. Rhinehart drove down the right wing and let a tricky backhand shot go as he cut to the net that found its way into the back of the net.
Saskatoon's power play struck again early in the third period. Jayden Wiens tipped in Charlie Wright's wrister for this second of the game less than a minute into the period. The Blades would add to their lead to make it an 8-2 game with another power play marker at the 12:16 mark of the period. Kyren Gronick put away the rebound off Egor Sidorov's shot for this second goal of the game. The final blow came 20 seconds later when former Tiger Ryan Nolan netted his first career WHL goal to make it a 9-2 game. Nolan let a wrister go from the high slot that found the top corner blocker side.
Garin Bjorklund (5-17-2-0) got the start in net for the Tigers, but was pulled late in the second period. He made 10 saves on 16 shots. Beckett Langkow (2-8-1-1) came on in relief. He saved 5 of the 8 shots that he faced.
Rhett Rhinehart - Saskatoon Blades
Tristen Robins - Saskatoon Blades
Jayden Wiens - Saskatoon Blades
Shots Power Play Penalty Kill
Medicine Hat 30 1/4 2/6
Saskatoon 24 4/6 3/4
The Tigers' next game is Saturday, January 22nd when the Tigers travel to Prince Albert to take on the Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre. Game time is 6:00 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at watch.chl.ca.
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