It was a wild affair down in Tiger Town. Lots of hard hits being thrown by both teams. Early in the game Kale Kessy levelled Graham Hood twice with hard open ice hits. Emerson Etem knocked 3 or 4 guys over with hard hits. Lethbridge double teamed both Hunter Shankaruk and James Bettauer with hard hits. Every couple minutes another body was hitting the ice.
Hunter Shinkaruk came very close to getting his 50th goal of the year. He scored a hat-trick by the mid-point of the game, and couldn't convert on an empty net 2-on-1 pass in tight, late in the game.
You could say the Tigers took a bit of a gamble late in the third period.
The Emerson/Shinkaruk/Bredo line was gassed with a faceoff in the Tigers end with the goalie pulled. The coaches kept the Shinkaruk line out. It didn't turn out so well with lethbridge scoring but when Calgary clinched the 3rd spot before the third period started, might as well try to pad some stats, on the other hand it cost Bunz his 40th win of the season. It also marks the first time in 10 years the Tigers failed to reach 20 wins at home.
The Hurricanes Graham Hood tied the game with 16 seconds left off a mad scramble in front, and Russel Maxwell who also scored a hat-trick in the game, potted the shoot-out winner.
The Tigers had troubles on their PK. The defensive play was no-where near as good as against Edmonton of Friday. I was disappointed that Kyle Becker was not dressed he does a lot of the little things right. The Tigers put Spenser Jensen back on the point.
Over the last 1/4 of the season lethbridge is a .500 team. They return a lot of guys next season and might have some tough 20 yr old decisions to make.
Edmonton(1) vs Kootenay (8)
Moose Jaw (2) vs Regina (7)
Calgary (3) Vs Brandon (6)
Tigers (4) vs Saskatoon (5)
I might do a series preview if i have time sometime later in the week. I know that Saskatoon has some guys banged up with injuries as well.
Coaches on the radio said that Tyler Lewington and Trevor Cox will probably be back in the lineup for Game 1 against Saskatoon. Jayden Hart at the earliest wouldn't be available until at least the middle of round 2 if the tigers were to get that far.
Also perhaps its a good thing the Tigers didn't get 3rd place. Brandon is a lengthy road trip and they have been one of the hottest teams in the league to finish the season.
Poll Results ( Were you satisfied with the moves the Tigers made at the trade deadline?)
Should have sold Etem and Bunz - 45 (35%)
I wish they had been buyers --------47 (37%)
The band Mahoney was playing songs during stoppages in play and in the first intermission. As someone who dabbles in guitar I was impressed with their talent and song repertoire. They did a great job and had fans crowding their area during the first intermission. I did miss the goal horn in the first period, but I think the Tigers should bring them back for another gig, they put on a very good performance.