The Rebels had two key players out in Turner Elson and Adam Kambeitz, as well as Daulton Siwak. Tigers had Defenceman Patrik Parkkonen out with a knee injury (1 week)
I thought right from the start the Tigers really layed a licking in terms of positional play. The Tigers probably played their best road game of the season. The rebels were frequently in the box due to the Tigers speed, and the majority of the game was played in the rebels zone.
I thought the Tigers powerplay looked really good as the Tigers defenceman laid out quite a few quality shots from the point. Guys like Reid Petryk and Cole Grbavac stepped up thier play. Kale Kessy had a strong first period untill he got kicked due to a 5 minute major (more on that later)
Rebels killed off a 5 on 3, but during the 5 on 4 their was a scrum along the boards. Jayden Hart tried to poke a puck back to the point as James Bettauer was pinching, the result was a 2 on 1 back the other way where Rebel Chad Robinson hung onto the puck and snapped a shot blocker side passed Bunz. 1-0 Rebels
Tigers would even the game 2 minutes later on the powerplay as James Bettauer received a pass from Mat Konan who faked shot, passed over to Bettauer who slap/wristed a shot top corner.
In the second period Matt Konan fired a shot on net on the PP it hit Cole Grbavac in the back but the rebound bounced off the boards right to Curtis Valk who backhanded the shot, and Boston Leier poked the puck over the line. 2-1 Tigers
Then on the powerplay a minute later Emerson Etem fed a pass cross crease to Jayden Hart who tapped the puck in. 3-1 TIgers
Emerson Etem would salt the game away with an empty netter.
Riley sheen was hauled down on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. Sheen came in with speed, slowed down, made a number of moves and fakes, and had the goalie sliding the other way but partially lost his balance and missed the net with the shot. He looked like he may have potential in the shootout down the road, he gets that shot off and he would have had a good chance to score.
The powerplay looked really good. The Tigers spent most of it in the rebels zone, and were including the defenceman who shot a ton of pucks with quality chances.
I thought guys like Cole Grbavac and Reid Petryk played really well. Most the whole team played pretty welland the rebels didn't have many quality scoring chances. I thought with all the powerplays the Tigers had, they could have done more damage, but the rebels goaltender looks pretty mobile and played a good hockey game.
Kessy received a 5 minute major for checking to the head. The angle is really tough to judge upon but this is largely a case where a bigger guy hits a smaller guy. Joel Hamilton is 5'9 Kessy is 6'3. I dont beleive Kessy deserves a suspension. But may get one for being a repeat offender.
Also for reference I'll included the hit where Alex Petrovic's shoulder Hits Boston Leier in the chin, and a fight develops. Fortunately both Hamilton and Leier continued the game.
Here are the videos judge for yourself.
Kessy Hit and Fight
Alex Petrovic Vs Cole Grbavac