Tigers don't play Seattle that often, but they seemed like they had a heated rivalry, as there were 4 fights in the game.
Tigers Played Seattle's Game
I thought Jake Doty said it best on the radio that the Tigers played Seattle's Game instead of sticking to their own game-plan. I thought the Tigers looked like a team that played intimidated and forgot to use their speed. You could tell in the first 5 minutes that something was off because even though they came out pretty well, players were randomly fumbling the puck in open ice.
I heard some people talking that they liked the game and the Tigers played well, but imo they lost sight of their game plan and didn't really play up to their strengths. They had their moments, and the physical stuff kept it exciting, but it's a game they could have played much better.
I thought the Tigers stopped skating sometimes and because of that planted themselves right in the tracks of Seattle's bigger players.
Shinkaruk scored a couple goals in his first game back and already I could see he learned a lot in some of the little things he did on the ice compared to last season.
I didn't like how Tyler Lewington took a retaliatory slashing penalty after getting hit hard and chasing a guy up the ice.......you could tell he was still pissed though because after his penalty he took on the biggest player on the ice 6'6 216 lb Jared Hauf and knocked him out.
I didn't like how Shinkaurk retaliated and ended up with a double minor when the Tigers originally were getting a powerplay.
With a small speedy team the opposition is always going to focus on physical play to slow you down....the only thing you can do is to retaliate on the powerplay, and every game you have to be faster, finish your checks and keep your feet moving.
Jacob Doty Vs Mitch Elliot (Doty landed some real good solid shots. Elliot got in some small rabbit punches, I'd give the fight to Doty for the landed Haymakers)
Gavin Broadhead Vs Connor Honey (Decision Honey, nothing major landed but threw way more punches and had Broadhead hunched over)
Tyler Lewington Vs Jared Hauf (Lewington with the Knockout)
Dylan Bredo Vs Seth Swenson (Hug fest. Bredo with a few headlock punches, but it was a draw)
The Tigers will face a similar test when Calgary Visits on Tuesday. Hopefully the Tigers learned a few things from this and can improve as Calgary is just as big as Seattle is.