Big win for the Tigers tonight especially without their captain Hunter Shinkaruk.
The Tigers stay 3 points ahead of Kootenay with 16 games left in the season and are knocking on the doorsteps of Lethbridge and Swift Current.
The Tigers still have 1 more home and home series against the Ice at the end of February/March.
The first couple periods would best be described as a snoozefest. The Tigers played a patient game and tried to limit their turnovers in their own end.
Strong defensive play from both teams led to few scoring quality scoring chances. I thought the Tigers looked very good in the opening ten minutes and had Kootenay penned in their side of the ice until Cam Lanigan was forced to trip up a Kootenay defender who would have had an empty net to score into.
On the powerplay I believe it was Joey Leach who took the point shot and it must have been tipped by Brock Montgomery as he was credited with the goal. Cam Lanigan looked like he was unable to see it anyway. 1-0 Kootenay
Kootenay likes to park a big guy right in front of the net and make it tough for the goaltender, or plant a centreman right in the middle of the ice.
The Tigers would tie the game up in the second period, on a similar play to Kootenay's goal. Curtis Valk took a slapshot at the point along the ice and it looked like Mackenzie Skapski was screened. 1-1 TIE
The period started out quite rough as Curtis Valk and Boston Leier were called for penalties just a minute apart giving Kootenay a full 1 minute 5 on 3. The Tigers killed both penalties off and the momentum started to swing the Tigers way.
Trevor Cox would then snipe in 2 goals 3 minutes apart. His first on a 3 on 2 down low with Elgin Pearce and Miles Koules. His second a rocket over the shoulder of Mackenzie Skapski.
Kootenay would score with 33 seconds left on the clock with the goalie pulled, but the Tigers held on for the 3-2 Tigers Victory.
It kinda seemed like the Tigers were a little nervous, but they played well in their own zone. Their were a few players who were bobbling the puck a little but not enough to give away any serious miscues. I think the key for them was to limit their turnovers and make Kootenay force their own scoring chances.
I thought Trevor Cox wasn't having a good night until he popped in those 2 quick goals in the third.
Next Up: Tigers take a mini 2 game road trip through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Tuesday in Regina and Wednesday in Brandon. Regina has seemed to play the Tigers pretty hard this year
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