The Tigers also dropped last years home opener by the same score.
Konan, and Theriau were absolute walls playing defence. They looked good together. Boston Leier showed great hustle and got into a very spirited fight in the first period. Theriau has great lateral movement on the powerplay.
Hunter Shinkaruk generated the most offense and was using his speed, very dangerous throughout the night. (only 17 and the best forward on the ice!!!!)
Tyler Bunz let in 1 weak goal through the legs but stopped a bunch of quality scoring chances.
Adam Rehak (the new euro) showed an aggressive spirit. He is not your typical euro, has that dirty shirt style of play and continued his scoring ways from the pre-season.
I thought Cole Grbavac, Kellan Tochkin, Curtis Valk could have played better. Despite being a local kid and I hate to say this but I don't think Ryan Aasman is the right guy the tigers need on the back-end. I'd like to get a look at how Lewington, Becker and Jensen play during a regular season game.
I liked the TIgers top defensive pairing but they need someone else to step up and join Scott McKay to complete a solid top 4. I felt like they didn't quite get that. If the Tigers can solidify their top 4, with Bunz on the back-end defense can be a strength this season.
The Tigers started off the game in control, however the Hurricanes pushed back quickly and I felt like it caught the Tigers by surprise, as the Canes pounced on Sloppy defensive coverage from the Tigers to take an early 2-1 Lead. From their on in it was a see-saw parade to the penalty box.
The game was marred by penalties galore from both teams. Mark it up as a learning experience for the refs and the players as the refs were extremely loose with their call selection.
The Tigers had their chances, but they went 0 for 9 on the PP. While giving the Canes 10 PP chances.
Their was one play with 5:39 left in the game that I didn't particularly like, but it was entertaining at least.
Kale Kessy was hit from behind into the boards and Cole Grbavac charged in and gave Albin Blomqvist a whoopin'. Now Kessy is a big boy and the hit wasn't overly raunchy, and anytime other than the last few minutes of a game where your behind by a goal I would 100% support Grbavac's decision to fight.
However that fight took a potential powerplay situation away late in the game (with the instigator). Even Moreso that Lethbridge took back to back penalties soon after and the tigers could have had a few more minutes of quality power-play time.
Etem was a scratch for Anaheim's preaseason game against Vancouver. The Ducks play their 3rd game in a row sunday against L.A
Next Tiger Home game is Wednesday against Regina