Emerson Etem and Curtis Valk both had hat tricks tonight. Emerson Etem flew into calgary and met the team in Lethbridge for the game tonight.
Their were so many goals tonight that I'm just gonna point out some thoughts.
Curtis Valk had a really rough first period taking a hit from behind and a stick to the face early in the game. He made the Canes pay for it popping in 3 goals. (2 on the powerplay). Again this kid has really stepped his game up another notch. He takes a lot of punishment and its good to see him being rewarded for his efforts.
After Hurricanes Player Spencer Galbraith got rid of the puck at the point Kale Kessy came charging in to deliver a hit to the canes defender. Spencer Galbraith had anticipated the hit and both players had thier mitts and sticks up high. Galbraith knocked Kessy off his feet. Kessy would get up and fall over woozily before making his way to the bench. He left the game and did not return. I expect he will be out with a concussion. Tough loss for the Tigers as IMO Kessy had been turning a corner and improving quite a bit recently.
Canes bring their B game?
I thought the canes stuck with the Tigers for the first 20 minutes but for the first time we've seen them this year they didnt bring their A+ game for the full 60 minutes. Every game this year the Canes have played the Tigers extremely tough and I thought tonight the Tigers finally were able to capitalize on their scoring chances and bury their many chances they have had on Canes Goaltender Damien Ketlo.
Etem, Bettauer and Valk all had 4 point nights. The Tigers are on a 6 game winning streak.
Tigers Next game is at Home Saturday Night vs the Surging Calgary Hitmen. With Kootenays 7-6 OT Loss to Prince Albert The TIgers take sole possesion of 3rd place...2 points back of Moose Jaw who defeated the blades 2-1..the Hitmen and Ice are 3 points back with a game in hand.