EDIT: Linden Vey Called Up
He will be making his NHL debut Thursday night when LA takes on Buffalo.
I thought the Tigers could have won this game. I thought they had better prime chances to score. Spokane was very opportunistic on their chances.
Overall I liked the play of Tommy Vanelli, Kyle Becker, Ty Stanton, and Matt Staples on the back-end. I thought the defense played pretty well with breaking out of their own zone. Instead of starting the play behind the net or rifling the puck up the boards, there was a lot more skating out and starting the play from the high slot area, or jumping into the play to be the 4th outlet pass option, which gave the forwards a full head of steam receiving passes instead of having to slow down and maneuver passed players at their own blueline.
Was not on the Ice in the third period. He took a big unexpected hit and left the game. As a result Kyle Becker, and Ty Stanton received a ton more ice-time and they both handled it really well. I thought both showed some signs of fatigue later in the game. It was a good thing the Tigers dressed 7 defenceman however Scott Allan still didn't have much ice-time and got pegged with 2 minor penalties.
I thought the Tigers played a pretty chippy game with Spokane finishing their hits, and in turn Spokane started getting chippy too. I thought their were points in the game where the Tigers tried to play with the tough guy type mentality and their game-plan squeaked off the tracks.
I loved that the Tigers were more aggressive but they took it a bit too far with some over the top uncalled for penalties.
Cole Sanford was a bit snake-bit lately but he broke his 4 game goal scoring drought. He could have had a hat-trick tonight as he missed 2 very high quality scoring chances.
Made me cringe when Cole Sanford received an accidental tripping penalty wit 15 seconds left in the game. The Tigers could have went into overtime with a minute 4 on 3 powerplay...Instead it was 3 on 3 play and then they were down 4 on 3 for 45 seconds.....They managed to kill the penalty off after spokane thought the game was over........Amid a scramble there was a spokane player in the crease and langhamer couldn't get over to block a shot..hence the goal was called off.
It didn't matter though as Spokane scored the winner 10 seconds later after Miles Koules was stripped off the puck in the neutral zone by Spokane's Mitch Holberg for a 2 on 1. Holmbert showed why he is the whl scoring Leader with a deep toe drag and still managed to roof the puck over Langhamer...Kyle Becker was up along the boards trying to be a passing outlet option but it looked like he caught an edge or something momentarily which let Spokane go in on the odd man rush.
I was happy with the progress the Tigers made with their breakouts in their own end.
Conference finals resume Friday night
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