Game 3 of the Oil Kings Pre-season Invitational Tournament presented by Elite Sportswear and Awards featured the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Regina Pats. Both teams were coming off opening day losses and looking to rebound. The Pats were shut out 4 – 0 by the Oil Kings, while the Tigers fell 5 – 2 at the hands of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Pats score first on the power play in the opening period. Tomas Hricina’s point shot finds its way through a screen and past Tiger goalie Tyler Bunz. The first ends 1 – 0 with the shots on goal even at eight.
The second period begins with a scrap, as Thomas Carr of the Tigers, and Regina’s Matt Delahey go toe to toe. Still in the first minute, the Tigers take an additional penalty, and the Pats capitalize with the man advantage. Alex Pym walks in from the point and goes top corner on Bunz to make it 2 – 0. The Tigers get on the board late in the frame. Emerson Etem sets up Kale Kessey for a one timer, its 2 – 1. Regina gets it back in less than a minute, when Michal Poletin scores to make it 3 – 1. The gates are open; the Tigers Emerson Etem scores a man up and the period ends 3 – 2 for the Pats.
The Tigers tie it up early in the third. After a great break out, Mike Forsyth ends up tapping in a feed from Curtis Valk. It is all even at 3. In the scrum after the goal, Regina takes a penalty, and the Tigers capitalize. Etem scores his second of the game to make it 4 – 3 the Hat, and that is your final.
The Oil Kings Pre-season Invitational features two more games today. The Red Deer Rebels play the Moose Jaw Warriors at 3:00 pm. The Oil Kings take on the Swift Current Broncos at 7:00 pm. The Tournament wraps up with two more games Sunday. The full schedule is available at oilkings.ca.
Game 3 – Regina Pats 3, Medicine Hat Tigers 4
1. REG – Hricina (Pym, Miller) PP, 2:53
Shots on Goal: REG 8 / MH 8
2. REG – Pym (Metz) PP, 1:01
3. MH – Kessey (Etem) ES, 12:56
4. REG – Poletin (Weal, Pavkovich) ES, 13:40
5. MH – Etem (King, Shinkaruk) PP, 15:27
Two Period Totals: REG 24/ MH 15
6. MH - Forsyth (Valk) ES, 4:35
7. MH – Etem (Collins, Carlson) PP, 5:49
Final Shots on Goal: REG 30/ MH 20
REG - Guhle 11/12, Rowat 5/8
MH – Bunz 29/30
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Edited: The tigers said they brought along 5 veterans. So there playing in Edmonton with a super inexperienced lineup.
plus one other??