Unfortunately the Injury bug hit Jayden Hart again. He was scratched tonight.
Elgin Pearce was able to exact a little bit of revenge on his former team scoring the games first goal off a rebound. 1-0 Tigers
In the second period The Tigers would add to their lead from a point Shot by Kyle Becker on the powerplay. 2-0 Tigers
Kootenay would get on the board very late in the second period. Their was scramble in front of the Tigers net and I'm not sure if it was deflected or not, but a sharp backhand from Sam Reinhart rang off the far post and into the net. 2-1 Tigers
The third period was quite entertaining high paced gameplay both teams looking to score. Kootenay would pull their goaltender late, however they didn't even have time to setup as Valk and Busenius shoveled the puck up to Hunter Shinkaruk who put it in the empty net.
I thought the Tigers came out and played very well in the first period. It was a goaltenders battle as both tenders played very well in the nets. I thought the Tigers laid back a little during the first 8 minutes of the second period, but a powerplay goal was able to snag the momentum back.
The Tigers showed a couple new set plays in both zones. I won't describe them here but it led to a few chances.
Jake Doty covered for a pinching defenseman 3 times, and all 3 times made very nice plays to breakup the Kootenay rush. Doty was also involved in a second period fight with big 6'4 207 lb Mike Simpson. Doty was able to land a handful of big punches, knocking Simpson to his knees at the end.
I thought Kootenay played a hard working type of hockey game. They get lots of pucks around the net. They have some real big defenceman.
That whole line of players Leier, Bredo, and Doty have been playing really well and have stepped up their game as of late. The 4th line also continues to play well no matter who is dressed. Cam Lanigan another first star.
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