I saw quite a few scouts in the stands tonight. I thought it started out as a playoff type game, but the refs called 3 penalties early which I thought were unnecessary. I really disliked the officiating tonight, oddly enough it didn't really effect the outcome of the game. The Hitmen were the better team and deserved the win.
I thought the Tigers were the better team in the first period, but then after that the Hitmen Took control of the game. Whatever their coach said to them in the first Intermission worked. The Hitmen simply outworked the tigers from there on out. I was also impressed with their defensive coverage.
I thought the Bubnick, Shattock, Broda line played a real strong game, I also liked the play of Tyler Fiddler and Kris Foucault, I thought they won a lot of 1on1 puck battles.
I also thought the Hitmen showed a lot of team spirit in the hockey game. When one of their players blocked a key shot on the Penalty Kill their bench erupted in cheers.
For the Tigers I didn't like the play of King, or Kundratek. Kundratek kept getting caught pinching in, and King kept trying to stick handle in the opponents feet. I thought Emerson Etem was also a bit invisible tonight.
An Intersting note: With the Hitmen winning tonight there is a 3 way tie for first in the division. However Calgary and Kootenay have 3 and 4 games in hand. You can never count the tigers out, but unless Kootenay or Calgary falters a bit the tigers might be starting the playoffs on the road.