Some Quick Thoughts
Miles Koules out with the flu. Shinkaruk was back in the lineup
Their was a fan bus from Calgary here and the Tigers gave them absolutely nothing to cheer about. The Tigers reached the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Marek Langhamer recorded his first whl shutout.
I thought the Tigers did did an excellent job supporting each other in the defensive zone and didn't give Calgary many prime scoring chances. Their PK was impressive stopping all 8 Calgary power-play's, including a 5 on 3.
Calgary pushed back in the second period with some strong physical play. The Tigers were challenging them to fight but Calgary didn't want any of it until the third period when the game was in hand. They seemed to be targeting Curtis Valk a lot with little shots all over the ice.
The young guys played very well and were often penning Calgary's top line in their own zone. I thought Calgary started the game off a little slow but the Tigers were ON tonight and that makes back to back wins against the Top team in the Eastern Conference.
Lethbridge and Red Deer both lost, while Saskatoon only managed 1 point. So the Tigers gained another baby-step in the standings. Unfortunately Kootenay won again which makes a non-playoff spot still 4 points back.
Ever Since they lost to Saskatoon 7-2 on January 1st we have seen a different team, a much improved hockey team.
Next Up: The Rebels come to town Sunday. For another big 4 point game.