Tigers Fall to Oil Kings 4-2
Medicine Hat, AB - The Medicine Hat Tigers took their first trip up the QEII highway to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first game of a home and home series. Both teams were heading into Friday's contest with a 2-0-0-0 record.
The Tigers powerplay would get plenty of ice time as they went 2-8 on the powerplay, while the Oil Kings were 1 for 3.
It was a bit of a feeling out process to start the period but things opened up after Lukas Svejkovsky got called for a hook at 3:41 of the first period. The Oil Kings put on steady pressure and eventually Liam Keeler stuffed the puck under the pad of Garin Bjorklund to give the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead. Edmonton doubled their lead when Dylan Guenther would be the recipient of a beautiful tic-tac toe with the assists going to Jake Neighbours and Kaid Oliver.
The Tigers controlled much of the play throughout the second period, but Sebastian Cossa proved the difference. The Fort McMurray product made a pair of great saves to keep the Tigers off the board. Cossa would continue standing on his head as he absolutely robbed Daniel Baker on a great feed from Brayden Boehm. The Tigers eventually solved Cossa as Brett Kemp set up Lukas Svejkovsky on the powerplay as the pair connect on a one-timer to draw the Tigers to within one at 18:23 in the 2nd period.
Jalen Luypen got a step on a short handed break and beat Bjorklund clean at 9:29 at the 3rd period. The Oil Kings kept on the pressure and Dylan Guenther tallied his second of the game and 8th of the season as he makes no mistake and puts the Oil Kings up three with 7:01 to go in the frame.
On the powerplay, with under a minute to go in the final frame Eric Van Impe hammers home a shot from the top of the right circle passed Edmonton netmider Sebastian Cossa. Assists go to Dru Krebs & Daniel Baker, but that's as close as they'd come as Tigers fall to the Edmonton Oil Kings by final score of 4-2.
Tigers goaltender Garin Bjorklund made 30 of 34 saves while his counterpart Cossa stopped 32 of 34 and was named the games second star.
The Tigers next action comes tomorrow night as the Edmonton Oil Kings will visit Co-op Place in Medicine Hat. You can watch all the action on watch.chl.ca or listen to Bob Ridley on CHAT 94.5FM - Puck Drop is 7:00pm
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