Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tigers Defeat Rebels 5-4 OT Wooo!

Tigers Take The Series 4 games to one!

It sounded like it was an even game in the first period, tied 1-1 after one.
In the second period the Rebels dominated the Tigers, potted 2 goals and took a 3-1 lead.

In the Third period the Tigers clawed their way back and Tied it all up at 4-4.
The Tigers would keep their momentum going in overtime and Kellan Tochkin would pot the Series Winning Goal on a bad angle mid-way through Overtime!

Man just listening on the Radio makes your heart beat twice as fast.

Series Thoughts
I thought the Rebels shot themselves in the foot for the first 2.5 games of this series. They were overaggressive and played goon hockey. The Tigers took advantage of this and took the first 3 games with the help of their excellent powerplay work, and goal-tending from Tyler Bunz.

The Rebels made some adjustments in the 4th game and despite losing their starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper, the rebels capitalized on a chance and Forced an extra game. In Game 5 the Tigers faced some adversity being down 4-1, and managed to claw their way back and Win in Overtime. Their is just no quit in this team. They have that uncanny ability to claw their way back in hockey games.

I thought If the Rebels played the way they did in games 4 and 5, It probably would have been a 6-7 game series. After game 3 the Rebels were a much better hockey team. The Rebels played an extremely tough physical game and the Tigers kept ticking and found a way to beat them.

Tyler Pitlick
It will be Interesting To see when Tyler Pitlick will be ready. According to his Twitter feed his walking cast is supposed to come off this weekend. It's still possible he may not be ready for the first 2 games.

Didn't DO any predictions for this series got some negative feedback from the first round so I didn't bother making any. But here are the results for the fan poll.

Tigers in 4-5--10 (20%)
Tigers in 6-7--28 (57%)
Rebels in 4-5--4 (8%)
Rebels in 6-7-- 7 (14%)

Next UP
Next Up The Tigers Will Face their Kryptonite the Kootenay Ice. The Tigers will have Home Ice Advantage in this series. kootenay's Coaches were in attendance for game 5 in Red Deer.

#1 - Kootenay @ Medicine Hat; Friday, April 22 (7:30pm)
#2 - Kootenay @ Medicine Hat; Saturday, April 23 (7:30pm)
#3 - Medicine Hat @ Kootenay; Tuesday, April 26 (7:00pm)
#4 - Medicine Hat @ Kootenay; Wednesday, April 27 (7:00pm)
#5 - Kootenay @ Medicine Hat; Friday, April 29 (7:30pm)**
#6 - Medicine Hat @ Kootenay; Sunday, May 1 (6:00pm)**
#7 - Kootenay @ Medicine Hat’ Tuesday, May 3 (7:00pm)**

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