Saturday, September 22, 2012
Tigers Defeat Canes 5-1
I thought the Canes were pretty jacked up at the start of tonight's contest.
The Tigers weathered the storm in the first period, then slowly ramped up their play after the Hurricanes looked a little tired in the second and third periods.
Despite the momentum going the Canes way the Tigers jumped on board first. On the Power-play Dylan Busenius' point shot found its way past a screened Ty Rimmer. 1-0 Tigers.
Kale Kessy would add to the lead early in the second period. Coming in off the wing he rifled a low shot to the far side. Rimmer got a piece but the puck bounced over and in. 2-0 Tigers
Early in the third period on a reactionary play Kale Kessy went to hit Lethbridge defender Rich Pilon. At the last second Pilon moved out of the way and Kessy stuck his elbow out and nailed him in the back of the head. Kale Kessy Got 5 and a Game, and it is very likely that he will get suspended, I'm guessing a min of 2 games, possibly more.
Midway through the 3rd Period, Curtis Valk would put the fans up on their feet. He stole a puck at the blueline, completely undressed Canes Defenders Spencer Galbraith and deked around a sprawled Ty Rimmer 3-0 Tigers.
Hunter Shinkaruk would finally score his first of the season on the powerplay. The puck came out to him in the slot and Shinkaruk fired a shot in from the slot to give the Tigers a 4-0 Lead
A little later all hell broke loose. Shinkaruk was nailed into the boards by Hurricane Spencer Gailbraith.
Fight Ty Stanton Vs Spencer Galbraith
Right after the Hit Stanton skated up to Galbraith and they dropped their gloves. It was a bit of a hugging match until Galbraith managed to get his hands free and started feeding Stanton shots along the boards. The linesman would come in to stop the fight.
3.5 Minutes left in the game the Tigers would find themselves on the powerplay. Spenser Jensen's point shot would find its way past Rimmer to put the Tigers up 5-0. That was Jensen's First Career WHL Goal.
With 81 seconds left on the Clock the Hurricanes would Break Dawson MacAuley's Shutout bid. I didn't get a good look at the goal but Sam Mckechnie would get credit for it. 5-1 Tigers
Goaltending - Dawson MacAuley looks absolutely huge in net. Covers everything down low, it almost looked like he could sit on top of the net by just leaning back. Their were quite a few goal mouth scrambles that ended up with MacAuley covering up the puck or the defense swatting it away. His positioning was so solid that every save he made looked easy.
Defense - I think I'm really going to like this years group. I was quite impressed.
Kyle Becker - His reach and strong physical play gave the Hurricanes forwards all sorts of trouble trying to create anything offensively.
Dylan Busenius - looks like he has improved quite a bit and impressed me with his ability to control the puck and make the first pass under pressure. He had a 3 point night.
Derek Ryckman - I liked the steady smart play of the newcomer....just the way he covers his man in his own zone is something these young guys can learn from him.
Ty Stanton - Had a tough game on the back-end. I liked how he stood up to Spencer Galbraith after he leveled Shinkaruk with a hit to the head.
Curtis Valk - is the New Etem in town. He made a highlight real play stealing a puck, then undressing Spencer Galbraith, dekeing out the Goalie and putting the Tigers ahead 3-0 at that point.
Hunter Shinkaruk - Had a tough game, looked like he was fighting a bit of rust, but he still managed to score a goal.
Kale Kessy - I thought he was having a tremendous game until that unfortunate 5 minute elbowing penalty. We all know he is going to be suspended, I just hope its not for a long time.
MacAuley Cashes In