Tigers Win 5-4 in Overtime
Medicine Hat, AB - The Medicine Hat Tigers picked up right where they left off and have won their first game of the 2020-2021 season by beating the Red Deer Rebels 5-4 in Overtime.
Corson Hopwo had his first career Hat Trick, including the game winning goal in overtime. The Tigers went 1-4 on the powerplay, while the penalty kill successfully killed off 4 out 5 penalties.
The Tigers opened the scoring 4:20 into the first period as Nick McCarry registered his first of the season with the assists going Noah Danielson and Oren Shtrom.
The lead was short lived however as Calgary, AB native Jayden Grubbe tied up the contest less than 3 minutes later. That would do it for scoring in the first period as the Rebels outshot the Tigers 12-6.
Ethan Rowland would be Johnny on the spot to pick up a loose puck in the slot and hammer it past Tiger netminder Garin Bjorklund just 1:22 into the 2nd frame. At 11:16 of the 2nd Kyle Masters walked in from the point and somehow the puck gets past a sprawling Bjorklund with a crowd around him to give the Rebels a 3-1 lead.
Red Deer would make it 4-1 on an incredible solo effort from Chris Douglas, that marker came at 4:36 of the 3rd Period.
Cue the Comeback.
Corson Hopwo finds some ice in the middle on the feed from Cole Clayton and Brett Kemp to bring the Bengals to within two. Hopwo would get his second of the night on the powerplay as he was able to get a stick on a rocket of shot from Tigers Captain Ryan Chyzowski. 4-3 Rebels with just under two minutes to go. Lukas Svejkovsky would draw the Tigers level with only 41 seconds to go in the final period, Brett Kemp would get his 2nd assist of the night on that tally.
Hopwo wasn't quite finished yet. The product of Duncan, BC takes advantage of Grubbe who lost an edge and got the puck in on goalie Ethan Anders. Kyle Masters who was giving chase to Hopwo crashed into his tender pushing the puck across the line to give the Tigers 5-4 victory in OT. Garin Bjorklund gets his first win of the season stopping 28 of 32 shots that came his way.
The Tigers are now 1-0-0-0 and wrap up the first home and home series tomorrow night as they play host to the Red Deer Rebels. It will also be Bob Ridley's 4000th career game broadcast for the Tigers. Tune in to CHAT 94.5 FM or watch the game live at watch.chl.ca.
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