Kootenay overage Captain Drew Czerwonka decided to retire from hockey and start welding school. Kootenay Traded Elgin Pearce to the Tigers early in the year to cut down on their overagers and are now an overager short.
Calgary picked up Brendan Hurley prior to the game and he is in the lineup for Calgary. The hitmen also have 4 guys out with injuries Brady Brassart, Calder Brooks, Chase Clayton, Jayden Rissling.
Prior to the game
The Hitmen are 8-2-1-1 this season.
Tigers are 5-8-1-0 this season.
Cam Lanigan with a couple good saves on an early Hitmen powerplay after Curtis Valk took a slashing penalty.
Then 5 minutes into the first the Tigers had some good pressure pinning the Hitmen in their zone. The Hitmen would be forced to call a timeout to ease the pressure.
Hunter Shinkaruk had a breakaway opportunity but was stopped by Chris Driedger
At the 13:20 mark along the boards Jake Doty made a perfect pass over to Boston Leier streaking in from center ice who was able to get a step on the defender. Leier walked in and roofed it high glove side on Chris Driedger 1-0 Tigers
Late in the first period at the 19:25 mark. Dylan Busenius was just able to coral a bouncing puck at the blueline. Busenius would feed Shinkaruk on the half-wall who rifled a shot on net. Not quite sure exactly how the puck went in as the ref initially waved it off. But the hitmen team hesitated not knowing where the puck was, then made a mad dash for it behind the goalie but it was too late.
The Tigers completely dominate the Hitmen during this period. They had something like three 5 on 3's during the period, and 5 goals. Keeping the goal summaries brief.
Hunter Shinkaruk went behind the net on an attempted wrap around. The puck would bounce in off Curtis Valk in front. They would go upstairs briefly and count it a goal. 3-0 Tigers
The Hitmen would change their goaltender Chris Driedger giving way to Mack Shields, but it didn't seem to help.
Boston Leier vs Pavlo Padikin.
After Dylan Bredo fired a shot and 2 rebounds on net Boston Leier would come in and take a swipe at the loose puck.. He was immediately grabbed by Padikan, and a wrestling match ensued.
Padikan would get an extra 2 for roughing.
On the powerplay play Dylan Busenius fed Curtis Valk in the middle who wired a shot top shelf
Five minutes later Ty Stanton would get his first whl goal. The puck came out to him at the point and he fired a wrist shot on net to the far side. Their was a big scrum in front and the goalie couldn't see it in time. 5-0 Tigers
Off a bad Hitmen change Shinkaruk found Curtis Valk on the far side who walked in alone. Valk did a half second toe-drag and fired it over the shoulder of Mack Shields. 6-0 Tigers
Late in the period on a 5 on 3. Dylan Bredo fired a shot from the half-wall who beat Shields high on the short side. 7-0 Tigers
(The gamesheet says Valk scored this goal, but I believe thats wrong)
A minute in on the powerplay Tyler Lewington would blast one from the point and Chad Labelle would get a stick on it tipping it past Mack Shields. 8-0 Tigers
Hunter Shinkaruk with a couple dandy moves in the corner shovelled it out to Curtis Valk who rips his 4th of the game top shelf. 9-0 Tigers (Tigers top line was benched after this)
Hitmen would finally break the goose-egg. Cody Sylvester put one past Lanigan on a wrap around with a shot through Cam Lanigan's Five-Hole. 9-1 Tigers
Hitmen Josh Thrower was trying to goad a Tiger into a fight but it would give the Tigers a 3 on 2 rush up the ice. Broadhead shot went through the defenceman's leg putting it past the goalie glove side. 10-1 Tigers.
Didn't expect that.....Hands are tired from typing... Hurley was a -3 on the night for the hitmen.
Valk with 4 goals. Busenius a +4 rating. Shinkaruk a goal and 4 assists.