Tigers came out flying. 4 shots within the first 90 seconds of the game. All of a sudden the bad luck train rolled over them.
The rebels second shot on net was deflected, and amid a mad scramble it looked like the Tigers defense and Dawson MacAuley was able to get to the puck and cover it up. The refs went upstairs and after a long discussion it was deemed a goal. 1-0 Rebels The Commish Ron Robison would say during an interview that the puck looked over the line by 1/100 of an inch.
Jacob Doty would get nailed for a roughing penalty during the scrum after the whistle.
On the penalty Kill, Tiger Derek Ryckman would win the puck then fan on a pass out of the zone, and the puck would squirt straight to Joel Hamilton who roofed it from the slot. 2-0 Rebels
A minute after that Adam Kambeitz won a battle behind the net, and placed a perfect pass in between two tiger defenders near the left faceoff circle, where a streaking Tyson Ness put a low shot on net and somehow found its way past Dawson MacAuley for a very quick
3-0 Rebel Lead.
That would chase Dawson MacAuley from the net, in favor of Marek Langhamer.
The Tigers would respond with a shorthanded goal. Hunter Shinkaruk would get some room to wheel, and managed to squeak by Rebel Kayle Doetzel on the outside. He would cut to the middle just as Rebels Goaltender Patrik Bartosak came out to challenge him. Shinkaruk would leap over the goalie and get knocked into the net by the other Rebel defender as the puck lay loose in the slot. Dylan Bredo would fire a shot into the net just as Shinkaruk would knock the net off. Refs went upstairs to review and deemed it a goal. 3-1 Rebels.
Early in the second period the Rebels Captain Adam Kambeitz would get called for tripping up Hunter Shinkaruk.
On the powerplay Kyle Becker would have his shooting lane blocked so he walked the line and fired a low pass/shot over towards the side of the net. Trevor Cox was able to get a back-handed deflection and the puck went over the shoulder of Patrik Bartosak. 3-2 Rebels
On the powerplay the Tigers would even up the game. Off the Half-Wall Hunter Shinkaruk made a perfect cross ice pass over to Miles Koules. Koules first shot was stopped, however he got his own rebound and somehow found a tiny sliver of space on the short side to tie the game 3-3 TIE.
The Tigers would get quite a few good scoring opportunities. Their #1 line of Shinkaruk, Valk, and Koules is causing the rebels all sorts of troubles.
and Marek Langhamer stood tall when he was called upon. Shots were 33-26 in favor of the Tigers at this point.
Rebels Charles Inglis would trip up Trevor Cox on a rush up the ice, giving the Tigers a powerplay.
Kyle Becker would walk the blue-line, pass over to Leier who one-timed it. Leier half fanned on the shot, and Trevor Cox would pick up the loose puck and bury it at the side of the net. 4-3 Tigers
The Rebels would tie up the game on the powerplay, after Chad Labelle fired it up and over the glass for a Rebels Powerplay.
Charles Inglis from the point walked in down the boards, and cut in front, past a sprawling Kyle Becker. Langhamer was positioned a bit awkward as he was halfway into his net, and Inglis stuffed it in. 4-4 TIE
Ty Stanton would make nice pass to Trevor Cox who relayed another nice pass to a streaking Jayden Hart. Hart had a bit of space and fired a low shot from the high slot and it beat Patrik Bartosak.
I thought the Tigers speed created lots of trouble for the Rebels. It caused the rebels veterans to take quite a few penalties and the tigers made them pay.
The Tigers had a rough start as 3 goals beat Dawson MacAuley on the first 6 rebel shots. Marek Langhamer was able to come and play a very solid game to get the Tigers the Victory.
Next Game: Saturday Night at the Arena against the Regina Pats.