The First two Hitmen goals came off a 4 minute powerply after Matt Konan sticked a guy in the face......It was a little unfortunate because about 7 seconds prior Curtis Valk had been sneakily tripped up behind the net by Hitmen Victor Rask.
The First Hitmen goal Tyler Bunz would have liked to have back. A bad angle shot from the lower circle somehow found its way past Tyler Bunz. 2 minutes later on the same powerplay A point shot from Collin Bowman was deflected in by Danny Gayle.
By the end of the period the Hitmen had put on a ton of pressure and were starting to control the game.
The Tigers came out with a better effort. On the Powerplay James Bettauer did a nice job at getting open down low and Emerson Etem fed him a perfect cross Ice pass. Bettauer buried the one-times wrist shot scoring his 18th of the season.
Curtis Valk would walk out from the half wall and fed it to Emerson Etem down in the corner. Etem passed it out front and Hunter Shinkaruk managed to get a stick on it potting it into the half open cage despite being partially tied up.
Every single goal scored at ths point were powerplay goals. Tyler Lewington took a tripping penalty late in the 2nd period....dun dun dunnnnnnn......
The Hitmen would cash in on their powerplay again, as Alex Gogolev rifled a perfect shot top corner over bunz on the short side.
WTF Just Happened
Now a very confusing scnenario happened, and I wasn't sure what happened till I re-watched the webcast....Calgary Forward Trevor Cheeck fired a shot on net from the top of the circle that handcuffed Tyler Bunz. Cheek saw the puck go in and put up his hands to celebrate however the puck would end up going completely through the net and play continued quickly up Ice.
Hunter Shinkaruk would whack a puck out of the air which was saved by the Hitmen goalie Brandon Glover......after the whistle the refs went upstairs to review the play.....everyone was a little confused as to why the Shinkaruk shot was being reviewed as it looked like a clear save (Turns out they were actually reviewing the Trevor Cheek goal).....
After the refs reviewed the play the ref signalled a goal and the arena erupted in cheers after the scoreclock operator added a goal to the Tigers side making it 3-3.
They dropped the puck and we all thought the game was tied.....half a minute later the Arena announcer says "Hitmen Goal scored by #29 Trevor Cheek....we looked up at the scoreclock and it then read 4-2 for the Hitmen......really weird play.....fans had erupted in cheers thinking it was a tie game...only moments later to see that it was the Hitmen who were credited with the goal....First time I've seen an opposition goal being cheered on by the fans ROFL.
The Tigers would pull thier goaltender but Hitmen Forward Joe Kornelson fired a rolling puck down the Ice. It looked to be going wide but curved its way right into the middle of the net. Final Score 5-2 Hitmen
Tyler bunz didn't have a sharp night tonight. But anytime the opposition fires more than 30 shots on net..let alone 39.....you didn't play well defensively. The Hitmen didn't play any different than what they have been playing like recently. Last week the Tigers caught them on an off game when they won 5-1... tonight the Hitmen played their systems well and played smart hockey. They dont have any stars but they are very good away from the puck at getting open and creating passing lanes.
Looks like the NCAA North Dakota Fighting Sioux is making a real strong push for Tigers Prospect Miles Koules. The Tigers recently aquired his rights at the whl trade deadline in exchanage for Reid Petryk.
According to his twitter feed he Visited North Dakota's Campus last week.....
His Twitter Profile Reads..."LA native. Hockey player for Team USA u18. North Dakota Fighting Sioux for the fall of 2012."
One of his recent Tweets...
"Great win for the Sioux last night vs Wisco. Such a fun visit. Can't wait to start playing here."