The difference in this game was the first period. The tigers came out flying and the rockets were a little on their heels. The tigers took it to the rockets, and managed to score two quick goals to get the crowd going. It was a pretty fast paced game.
Kris Lazurek made on helluva save on tyler ennis. He was literally down and out after on a 2v1 situation, but somehow managed to reach his arm out and snag a puck out of a wide open net.
Kelowna's powerplay looked real good. Even though they didn't score on it they passed the puck around like they were playing a game of catch.
It was obvious that someone told the tigers to finish their checks, as they threw more hits in the first period than the entire last 2 games. I noticed cody carlson had a pretty good game for himself. He had limited ice time but made some real good plays, instead of just throwing the puck away like he has been recently.
I noticed Thomas carr was caught out of position a little too many times. He would dive or pinch and not take a guy with him, and started to hear footsteps retrieving the puck in his own end.
Fight1 THomas carr vs Lucas Bloodhoff
However he did throw an amazing hit pinching in at the blueline, and rocked kelowna's lucas bloodhoff. Bloodhoff immediately went after him as kelowna players tried to mugg carr by force. Carr did a good job avoiding the initial flurry and managed to wrestle the bigger bloodhoff to the ice fairly quickly. Decision: Draw not much of a fight.
Fight2 Wacey Hamilton vs Evan Bloodhoff
I thought Hamiltons fight was a very dumb decision. He jumped Evan bloodhoff and started throwing punches before trying to take the opponents helmet off. Realizing his knuckles were connecting with helmet he then tried to take Bloodhoffs helmet off, only to come under fire of a flurry of punches from bloodhoff. It looked like Hamilton had a cut on his forehead.
Decision: Evan Bloodhoff
Tyler Ennis is still being double teamed whenever he's near the puck. Its amazing he only has 1 assist and a -5, in 4 games to start of the season. He is getting hit every time he is within reach of the puck.
Linden Vey, and Colton grant were by far the best tigers on the ice. Both of them kept forcing turnovers and giving kelowna a lot of trouble in their own zone. Their presence lifted the whole team up. Zdenek Okal had a good game as well he continues to impress. He has been one of our best forwards consistently so far.
I thought Mark Isherwood had a horrible game. He turned the puck over far too many times, and seemed more interested in yapping.
Earlier in the year I heard Thomas Frazee was close to being shipped to Kelowna. Obviously that deal wasn't done, but I guess the two teams are still talking.
There was a rumour that Kelowna scorer Jamie Benn wants out of kelowna, in return kelowna also wants a forward who can play now. All the players in this "rumour" played in last nights Tiger vs Kelowna hockey game...take it for what its worth.
I Haven't heard any rumors from anybody regarding an extra 20 year old. I think the tigers may be waiting for the cutdown date then snagging the best available player. We still need a reliable D-man and a Forward who can bring a physcal prescence and score.