The Tigers didn't have much jump in this period. They were a bit lucky Tri-City only managed to score 1 goal. Tigers only generated 2 strong scoring chances, and their play away from the puck wasn't very good. Tri-City outshot the Tigers 15-8 and came away with a 1-0 Lead.
Totally different story. The Tigers got their game going when they scored a powerplay goal to tie up the game 3 minutes into the second period.
The first 2 PP units weren't getting much puck possession time so the coaches threw out Chad Butcher, Jake Doty, and Chad Labelle. Doty screened the goaltender on a Ty Stanton shot, and Chad Labelle picked up the rebound
After that it was all Tigers. The Tigers completely dominated the second period. With 19 minutes played the Tigers had a 19-1 edge in shots in the period. Elgin Pearce would score a go ahead goal halfway through the second on a nice low wrist shot off a 2 on 1.
Unfortunately Tri-City would tie the game with no time left on the clock. Pretty much the only offensive outburst of the Period had defenceman Mitch Topping wire a shot upstairs just as time expired. The broadcasters thought the goal probably wouldn't count but after a lengthy review it was deemed a goal. 2-2 TIE, Tigers outshot Tri-City 19-4 for a 2 period total of 27-20.
After the second Tri-City was really lucky to be tied. The Tigers had quite a few prime chances to score and had a few goal mouth scrambles that were very close to goals.
A barn-burner. Tri-City scored go ahead goals twice, but each time the Tigers responded quickly with goals of their own by Trevor Cox, and Logan McVeigh. The Tigers would also have a goal called off as it was deemed the net was off after a scramble in front when Shinkaruk sniped in a rebound.
Their luck would turn as the Tigers would get a couple good bounces to take a 2 goal lead. A Chad Butcher shot from the halfwall was stopped by Tri-City goaltender Luke Lee-Knight's pads. The rebound looked like it would hit Valk in the mid-section and bounce past the goalie for a goal.
Boston Leier would then get the easiest goal he's ever scored as a dump-in from center ice would somehow sneak past Luke Lee-Knight for a 2 goal lead.
With 3:30 left in the game Tri-Ctiy pulled their goaltender and had all sorts of pressure. The Tigers had a line stuck out their for 2 minutes and could barely skate as Jesse Mychan would tip a shot past Langhamer.
Fortunately the Tigers would hold out for the win as Tri-City had a ton of pressure.
Almost seemed like lady luck wasn't going to be on their side tonight. The Tigers kept up their pressure and had 6 different goal scorers.
All the teams the Tigers are chasing or slightly ahead of got points tonight, however Red Deer and Kootenay both lost in extra time.
Up Next: Tigers take on Spokane saturday night. Spokane has a pretty potent top 2 lines.