Tigers handed the Kootenay Ice thier 4 straight loss, as the Ice just returned from a 9 game road trip.
On the penalty kill Hunter Shinkaruk would poke a puck into the nuetral zone. Shinkaruk under extreme pressure from a Kootenay Defender on his back would drive across the net and flick a shot passed Nathan Leiwen to give the Tigers a 1- 0 Lead.
Kootenay Would respond seconds later on that same powerplay as Jesse Ismond would crawl into the slot area. The puck eventually squirted out right to Elgin Pearce who one timed it short side shot past Tyler Bunz. 1-1 Tie and the Teddy Bears would rain from the rafters, as both teams would get a quick break.
Tigers would respond a couple minutes later as Cole Grbavac had a mini breakaway in close but his weak shot on net was stopped. Reid Petryk had lots of time to scoop up the puck turn around and fire a shot low stick side against Nathan Lieuwen 2-1 Tigers.
The first ten minutes of the period was ALL Tigers. They probably spent 8 out of the first ten minutes deep in Kootenays Zone.
Cole Grbavac stole a puck at Kootenays Blueline. Trevor Cox would take control do a little toe drag and fired a shot top shelf glove side. 3-1 Tigers.
On the Powerplay James Bettauer would walk the line on the point, hesitate for a split second and fired a low wrister passed a partially screened Liewuen. Shinkaruk was on the doorstop and may have tipped it. 4-1 Tigers
THe Tigers 5th goal came off of some good work on thier powerplay powerplay. THe Tigers spent a good 3-4 minutes straight in Kootenays Zone, putting on all kinds of pressure. After the PP expired The puck would come out of the zone real briefly and 3 Ice headed off for a change as they were dead tired. The Tigers would quickly pounce on the opportunity and developed a 3 on 2.
Busenius would make a nice short pass to Riley Sheen who made a nice short Pass to Scott Mckay and buried it to to give the Tigers a 5-1 Lead. This goal would chase Kootenay's Starter Nathan Lieuweuen in favor of Mackenzie Slapski.
Kootenay would get a very quick one back as they started to push back late in the period. Dylen McKinley fired a shot on net and the rebound came right out Brendan Hurley on the tape who fired it in on a partial open net. 5-2 Tigers
Jesse Ismond on the Powerplay would win the faceoff in the Tigers end, pass it back to Max Reinhart who fed a quick pass over to Joey Leach who fired a wrist shot on net. Bunz wouldnt see it with traffic in front. 5-3 Tigers
The Ice would make the game very interesting as thier was a Massive scrum in front. 7 players whacking and slashing at a loose puck. Dylen Mckinley would pot his second of the game as he managed to get a back-hand shot off that bounced in off of Tyler Bunz shoulder.
With the goalie pulled the Ice called a timout with a faceoff in the Tigers end. Kootenay would fire a one-timer that missed. The puck would come back to the point as Scott Mckay managed to battle Joey Leach for the loose puck and come away with it. He had a 2-0 breakaway but kept it simple and scored his second of the game to salt the Victory 6-4 Tigers.
It looked like the Tigers changed up thier style a bit, and fed Kootenay Some of their own medicine. In the first period they completely sat back in the neutral zone, and pounced on Kootenay's Mistakes. In the second period when Kootenay ran into penalty troubles they were all over the Ice and played pretty aggressive. In the third period, the Ice really pressured the Tigers, and scored on a few rebounds/shots with traffic in front.
A very good road win. Arguably one of their better games in the last 10-15 game stretch. The Tigers second period had been thier downfall but they came out with fire and really opened the game up. I think only the 2nd victory when Emerson was held off the scoresheet.
I thought the Ice obviously didn't come out with thier best effort in the second period and it cost them.
Tyler Bunz played his last game before Heading off to the World Junoir Camp Saturday. The camp runs from the 10th-14th. THe Ice will also loose Max Reinhart for tomorows Re-match in Medicine Hat.
It is also Teddy Bear Toss night. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals, gloves, mittens, toques and scarves to the game. Fans are also encouraged to bring a food donation to the game as well which will go to help feed those less fortunate at this time of year.