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Tigers Pick Up A Point In Overtime Loss To Broncos

February 25, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
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Medicine Hat, AB - With a shortened line-up, it was hard fought playoff-like atmosphere Saturday night. As the Medicine Hat Tigers pick-up a single point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Swift Current Broncos Saturday night.

The Broncos did open the scoring at 5:14 as Conor Geekie would snap his 34th of the season past Tigers goaltender Zach Zahara (Rockyview, AB) and it's 1-0 Broncos. Medicine Hat would get a penalty shot from Tomas Mrsic but he would hit the post to the Broncos lead in tact. The Tigers would then be penalized twice in the period and were able to keep the Broncos power play at bay and eventually Gavin McKenna (Whitehorse, YT) would one-time his 29th of the season past Reid Dyck to make it a 1-1 game. Tomas Mrsic (Surrey, BC) & Jack Kachkowski (St. Albert, AB) would draw assists on the goal. Swift Current would outshoot the Tigers 10-9 in the first but it was all square at 1-1 after 1.

In the second period the Tigers would take their first lead of the game as Nate Corbet (Calgary, AB) would re-direct his 3rd of the season at 12:11 from Bogdans Hodass (Jelgava, LAT) & Andrew Basha (Calgary, AB). The Broncos would then respond with the game tying goal from Mathew Ward at 13:07 to make it 2-2. Swift Current would then regain the lead at 17:25 when Luke Mistelbacher would beat Zahara for his 15th of the season and push the Bronco lead to 3-2 heading to the third period.

Early in the third period the Tigers would get a power play and Hunter St. Martin (Edmonton, AB) would re-direct his 22nd of the season at 2:10 from McKenna & Mrsic to tie the game at 3-3. Both teams would square off with opportunities to takes leads again but both Zach Zahara & Reid Dyck were tremendous in making clutch stops to force overtime.

In the extra frame, Connor Hvidston would secure the overtime win for the visiting Broncos 1:13 into OT concluding the weekend home-at-home between the two clubs.

Despite the loss the Tigers are still three points ahead of the Broncos for 1st in the Central Division at 33-18-5-2. They'll turn their attention to the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday at home.

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