Feel bad for the Tigers on this one. They deserved better after a very good start. The Oil Kings were throwing everything on net and got some good puck luck at the end of the game.
Tigers got off a really good start. 3 goals in the first ten minutes and they were all over the Oil Kings.
Valk went cross Ice to Bettauer who buried a one timer on the powerplay.
Matt Konan fanned on a one-timer but the shot went off the backboards right out to Valk who buried it, also on the powerplay.
On an odd man rush Rhyse Dieno made a perfect cross ice pass over to a rushing Patrik Parkkonen who buried it past Laurent Brossoit. Brossoit would get pulled after that in favor of Tristan Jarry and the momentum would change.
Near the radio time-out Tyler Lewington took a hit and went akwardly into the boards. He did not return to the game. Around the same time the Oil kings started pressuring and the Tigers resorted to more of a defensive game.
Edmonton would get on the board late in the second period as St. Croix received a pass in the slot and rifled a shot over Cameron's glove.
The Tigers made a bad change in their own end. The Oil Kings had a 4 on 3 and turned in into a 3 on 2. T.J Foster received a pass in the slot and rifled it over the glove of Cameron 3-2 Tigers
Edmonton would tied the game on a very unlucky goal. Dylan Busenus just after coralling the puck would get pokechecked. The puck would bounce off a skate and directly onto Mark Pysyk's outstretched stick who poked it past Cameron. 3-3 Tie
The Tigers weren't done yet. James Bettauer took a hit and made a very nice pass to Emerson Etem who had a step on the Oil kings last man back. Etem would go five-hole putting the Tigers up 4-3, on a mini breakaway.
The Oil Kings would tie the game with 37 seconds left. A slow rolling puck made its way past a scrum in front of the net. Cameron was a little handcuffed by it and kicked out a rebound which was promptly scooped up by Dylan Wruck who shot it over Camerons outstretched pads. 4-4 TIE
Note: Wruck had a crazy celebration pumping his fists into the air and slamming into the boards. He must have injured himself as he didnt play overtime or was in the shootout and went straight to the room.
Would solve nothing. The Tigers had 2 very good chances to score and Cameron made a big save on Henrik Samuelsson.
Tyler Maxwell would do some dispy doodling and shot a puck over the pad and under the arm of Cameron stick side.
Curtis Valk rang a shot off the Iron.
Martin Gernat shot it over Camerons pad glove side.
Emerson Etem was stopped trying to shoot under Tristan Jarry's arm.
Good News Bad News
Brendan Hurley and Curtis Valk returned to the lineup. Kale Kessy, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Tyler Bunz are listed as day-to-day. On the radio Rick Carrier said Bunz took a shot to the ear and is almost ready.
Bad News - Tyler Lewington took a hit and went akwardly into the boards. I did not see him return to the game. Lewington has been playing very well as of late.
The Tigers played real well in the first and second period. They played a very smart first two periods, blocked a lot of shots and kept most of the Oil Kings chances to the outside.
In the third period I thought the Tigers looked a little tired as the Oil Kings pressed. Kenny Cameron made some big stops and played well.
Overall I was pretty happy with the Tigers effort. It was just a disappointing finish. The Tigers still get a point out of it but now the Oil Kings are 8 points ahead with a game in hand with only 11 games left. The Tigers would pretty much have to go unbeaten and hope for the Oil Kings to lose a bunch of games.
The Tigers cannot get 2nd place unless MJ and the Tigers both pass edmonton, due to the rule where the division leaders go 1. 2. no matter the points.
The Tigers magic number is 9, as a combination of 4.5 Tiger wins or Red Deer losses will clinch them a playoff spot.