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The Calgary Hitmen came into the game with an 8 game winning streak.
Kale Kessy would get called for a phantom elbow penalty, after trying to squeeze along the boards to pick up the puck. The Tigers would kill it off.
James Bettauer fired a shot on net and Brendan Hurley was Johnny on the spot scoring on a rebound with a wide open net. 1-0 Tigers.
The Tigers would get off to an incredible start. 11 Seconds in Shorthanded Emerson Raced down the Ice as the Hitmen won the Draw and his hard pressure forced the Hitmen defenceman back behind his net and a bad pass up the wall. Dylan Bredo scooped it up fired it back over to Etem who beat Hitmen Tender Brandon Glover blocker side. 2-0 Tigers
43 Seconds later ( 1 second after calgary;s PP expired) James Bettauer made a heads up play and fired a slap shot on calgary's net from his own Zone. GLover kicked out a huge rebound, and Curtis Valk would pick up the puck and fire a shot on net. Valk's first shot was stopped as Glover slid out of his net on the stop. Valk would pick up the uncovered puck and shoot it into the empty net. 3-0 Tigers
3 Minutes later the Hitmen would get on board. On a 4 on 4 Hunter Shinkaruk being the high forward chased his man deep into his end and it left the point slot open. Jimmy Bubnick would receive a pass and fired a one-time howitzer from the top of the circle..Bunz didnt have much chance. 3-1 Tigers
Emerson Etem would pot his 2nd of the game and 39th of the season after Picking off a pass from Hitmen Defender Peter Kostermann. Etem walked in alone and fired a shot top corner. 4-1 Tigers
From here the Tempers started to flair.
FIGHT ETEM VS RISSLING
Etem would get a chance to score driving to the net. Jaynen Rissling would finish the check after the whistle. Etem turned around and challeneged him and they dropped their gloves. Etem threw a flurry of rights and landed 1 through the face shield. Risling would adjust his position and threw a right that missed. They would fall to the Ice after Rissling threw a punch that either missed or hit the back of Etems Helmet. They would get up briefly as Etem threw a nother punch.
Largely a draw, small edge to Etem.
Hitmen Spencer Humphries would get called for cross checking after taking out Brendan Hurley. Grbavac tried to step in and challenge him but nothing happened.
Right off the Faceoff the puck went behind the Hitmen net. Kale Kessy came chargin in and caught the side of the Hitmen Goalie who came out to play the puck....and it started a big kufuffle.
Kessy threw down his gloves right away and Peter Kostermann Obliged. Kessy threw a big haymaker and that was all for that fight. WIN Kessy.
Jayden Hart was right in the middle of the Action as he had two hitmen players clawing at him. Hart would drop his gloves pretty much fighting off 2 hitmen. 1 was bear huggin him from behind the other thew down his mits and landed a shot. Grbavac came in and picked off the 2nd hitmen player who then suddenly had no more will to fight....Meanwhile Hart wrestled his man to the Ice.
Cole Grbavac would end his ten game goal drought. Tigers had a 2 on 2 up the Ice. Curtis Valk skated hard to the net while Grbavac slowed down just passed the blueline. Grbavac cut across the Ice and fired a top shelf shot past Brandon Glover. 5-1 Tigers
Rob Trzonski would give a little cross check to Busenius bending him over Tyler Bunz. Busenius took issue with it.
Dylan Busenius Vs Rob Trzonkowski
Busenius did a very good job at Tieing Trzonkowski up. Managed to land a couple rabbit punches to the face. Trzonski would then land a couple off the top of Busenius's helmet. Busenius would land another short punch at the end.
Tigers kept up their high energy work ethic, and took it to Calgary. Emerson Etem had about 7-8 really good scoring chances and was in the zone. Its great to see his high energy attack back. The Tigers cut down on the turnovers near the blueline, and generated 45 shots on goal.
I thought the Tigers did a really good job from the forwards scooping up loose pucks in their end and getting it out on the first chance. Defence was a little sloppy in the first period but Tyler Bunz' strong play kept the Tigers in the lead.
Curtis Valk looks like he has taken his game to another level. He has looked real dangerous on the Ice for the past few games. James Bettauer also had a really good game offensively despite only getting 1 assist.
I thought the Tigers generated quite a bit of their early offence from their defenceman who were getting pucks on net. In the first period the Defence was a little sloppy but they got much better in the 2nd and 3rd as the forwards did a great job at picking up loose pucks and creating offense out of it.
The Tigers remain in 4th with the win. Their next game is Friday on the road against Regina, and Back in the Hat Saturday against Swift Current.