Wednesday, April 16, 2014

7th Heaven See ya in Edmonton!

Kootenay With Strong Start
Well the game didn't start out very well. Kootenay managed to score 51 seconds into the game from an unassisted slapshot that squeaked through Marek Langhamer's Pad's. 1-0 Kootenay

Kootenay came out very strong at the start and had the Tigers on their heels a little...That goal however was the only one Langhamer would let in, as he was a solid wall for the rest of the game.

Tiger Pushback
The Tigers responded with some pushback when Steve Owre squeaked a tip past Mackenzie Skapski. Miles Koules with some work along the boards fed the puck to Markus Eisenschmid who took an off-balance shot in the slot. Owre managed to tip the puck and it gave Skapski some trouble.

 The puck bounced off his pads and started trickling towards the net. Owre was right there and it almost looked like he was going to glove the puck in, however a kootenay defender tied him right up and it was just enough time for the puck to cross the goal-line and the crowd erupted!!!  1-1 TIE

Towards the end of the first period the Ice were pushing very hard and were locking the Tigers in their own end.

Second Period
The period flew by. I thought the Tigers won the second period they had a couple really good scoring chances, but they couldn't quite convert on. Koules had a partial open net but Skapski somehow got a pad on it.  The Ice are already down some Dman with 2 of their core guys out. Blake Penner put on a nice hit on Tyler King, and I'm not sure if he returned to the game.

Third Period
The third period is where the magic happened. 41 Seconds into the period the Ice had 3 forwards deep and Cole Sanford chipped a puck past a pinching Rinat Valiev. Cox had a partial break but fumbled the puck. It was one of those grip it and rip shots and it beat Skapski low to the far side, 2-1 Tigers

Kootenay later would miss a wide open net chance....and that came back to bite them as the Tigers sanford would again get a hold of a puck and chip it past a pinching Dman....They went up on a 2 on 0 break...he fed the Puck to Cox who buried his second of the game. 3-1 Tigers

Cole Sanford would seal the Deal with a Mid-ice empty Net goal. 4-1 Tigers Final
Tigers Take the Series 4-3!!!!!

The Tigers get One Day of Rest before they face the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday.


3rd Round Schedule
Game
Visitor
Home
Date
Time
1
Medicine Hat
@
Edmonton
Friday, April 18
7:00 pm
2
Medicine Hat
@
Edmonton
Sunday, April 20
4:00 pm
3
Edmonton
@
Medicine Hat
Tuesday, April 22
7:00 pm
4
Edmonton
@
Medicine Hat
Wednesday, April 23
7:00 pm
5
Medicine Hat
@
Edmonton
Saturday, April 26
7:00 * pm
6
Edmonton
@
Medicine Hat
Monday, April 28
7:00 * pm
7
Medicine Hat
@
Edmonton
Tuesday, April 29
7:00 * pm

The Series will be Broadcasted Live on Shaw TV

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who's Linden Penner? I think you mean Blake Penner?

TigerTurf said...

I always get his name wrong :(

I had Linden Vey up there for a few minutes up there earlier.

Anonymous said...

Tigers have already "won" this season. They exceeded all expectations!
Now, seriously, why is Valk not signed with an NHL team? Flames pleeeease step up and sign this kid. He is ready to play!
And Bredo is a guy who deserves a chance at the next level too. He is very likely the best defenceman in the league.

Anonymous said...

It is crazy what a different goaltender Langhammer has been in the last 15 games of the season and playoffs. He did improve post Christmas but this last bit he has looked like a calm, well trained and disciplined butterfly tendy. Really nice to see the turn around!

Anonymous said...

I always wondered if Bredo would have been drafted if he would have played defence from the beginning.

TigerTurf said...

Not sure I necessarily agree. Pre-season the Tigers had a lot of tools for a deep run. Injuries always suck and you can never really predict them, but I think their were some moves the Tigers could have made which would have put them from underdog, to at least even or possible slight favorite over the Oil Kings in the third round.

Anything less than a 3rd round playoff appearance I would have pointed out as disappointing, however I think with the current roster it would be considered a good run...if that makes sense.

Anonymous said...

I would have prior to the departure of Shinkaruk. Once we lost him and with the Boston trade (which was done on the expectation that Hunter would be playing) we lost a lot of scoring. Those 2 losses changed the team quite a bit and also the expectation of this team. Pre-season yes, when the team looked different, I would have hoped for this.

Anonymous said...

Any word if Ast will be back in the line up? He certainly would be an asset.

longtimefan said...

Anon 12:11 you hit the nail on the head. Leier was traded because they felt there was enough scoring on the roster. When Shinkaruk got hurt it changed the whole dynamic of what they would or wouldn't do. I don't think the Tiger brass and coaches in their wildest dreams thought that this team would do what it has done post trading deadline. Fact is when Hunter walked out the door this bunch of players became a team. Ask anyone involved and they will tell you this is one of the tightest groups they have ever been around and they have played for each other for game in and game out.

Anonymous said...

Longtimefan, that is exactly it. Poison in the dressing room. Will be interesting what they do if Vancouver sends him back.

Anonymous said...

Well, game 1 in Edmonton got off on the wrong foot and the tigers could not really ever recover. The thing is that I do not feel the Tigers really played the game. They looked tired and worn. It really was not a 8-3 game against the Tigers, it was against a team I have not seen.
Here is hoping the Tigers play the next game. I think Edmonton is good but they can be beaten. I would love to see the Tigers shock them and give them a run for the series!
Go tigers go!

Anonymous said...

What is going to happen when Vancouver sends Hunter back to the TIgers? Lets not forget, he was the SECOND pick of Vancouver in the first round. He has not played for a year. He can't play in the AHL. Is it really likely they will keep him? I am not sure the group in the dressing room want him back. Could we see his rights traded in the summer? I would be happy for that to happen. I just do not think he adds on or off the ice with the Tigers. An attribute that does not help him get onto the team in Vancouver. He has always played for the name on the back of the jersey rather then the crest on the front.

TigerTurf said...

Shinkaruk will be 20 next year, so he can play in the AHL.

longtimefan said...

In the latest issue of the hockey news they rate the top 50 prospects with Hunter being ranked at number 40. The writer comments on his injury and also says he needs to spend another year in junior. My feeling is that if the Canucks do send him back to junior, it won't be in Medicine Hat which to me will be a good thing. I think the Tigers will have no choice but to move him somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Should mention Hunter didn't give up the C they took it from him regardless of if he was coming back or not.......that tells me his rights are going to get traded in off season

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, I thought he was 19 for some reason. But do you think they would put him in the AHL when he clearly struggled for the games he did play, he really has not developed his game since being in junior, stuck with the same old tricks, and he did not play this whole year. I agree with longtimefan, likely another year of junior is what he needs. He certainly never dominated junior hockey like Etem did, and Etem is still struggling to make the NHL. It will be interesting to see what occurs over the summer and next year.

Anonymous said...

In thinking about next year, how many spots are open? I would have to think Hobbs, Queniville and Schultz will get spots on defence - with the loss of Bredo, Vanelli and likely Becker being traded (due to 20 year old spots). Does that leave 3 spots open on forward (Valk, Doty and Shinkaruk - possibly)? Then one would think Bradley has one of the spots. Would it be likely 2 16 year olds in Shaw and Jevne would make the team? That seems like a lot of 16 year olds -3, wonder if there is likely to be a trade of some sort. Jevne and Shaw are so talented, would almost like the see a really young team again.

Anonymous said...

Has there been any mention if Ast will be returning soon? I think he came back too soon after his surgery but has sat out for a while now. Was really hoping to see him back in the line up. He is quick and has sure made that second line click.
Go tigers go!

TigerTurf said...

I agree with the hockey news that Hunter is not quite ready. However what he needs to learn he won't really learn here, unless his offensive cheating is reigned in.
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Vannelli is a bit of a question mark. He can play in the AHL @ 19 due to getting drafted out of high school but after watching him down the stretch run, and with the depth that the Blues have on D...there is a decent shot he could be back for another year...it really all depends on the blues depth....there might not be room for him in the AHL.
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ALL I've heard about Ast is that he is day to day.
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Anonymous said...

Hunter has talent, that is for sure. But he is not ready at all. He really struggled this year to score. He only scores by going wide and every defence man knows it now. Junior is where he needs to learn as the AHL he will have less time to figure out his offensive cheating.
I also think they ruin a lot of guys by pulling them up too early. Look at Bunz, once a great goalie prospect, now buried in the depths of the Oilers organisation having started less then 10 games this year. He is done, will flounder around in the ECHL or CHL for a few years I am sure but his dream of NHL starter is likely past, sadly. Brossoit, Pickard....both younger, both better, both at least playing hockey and not warming the bench!

TigerTurf said...

Out of town for easter didn't get to watch the games.

Anonymous said...

Way better game. Too bad they had to give up a shorty. Tigers had chances earlier on, would have been massive to put one away. Way better defence! Vanelli was not playing his usual game, lack of hustle. Hope he gets back to his usual play next game!

longtimefan said...

Here's a link to the article in the Edmonton sun about Bob Ridley.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/04/19/bus-driving-radio-man-bob-ridley-to-hit-a-special-milestone-when-he-calls-the-medicine-hat-tigers-game-sunday

longtimefan said...

About the comment about Vanelli and his lack of hustle. I think it's simply a matter of him being tired. He's never played this many games before and certainly none where they play almost every other day. For this reason I think St. Louis will send him back to complete his 19 year old season next year.

Anonymous said...

Go Tigers Go! Couple wins at home and were right back in it!

Anonymous said...

Langhammer has found a new level in playoffs. And consistently showing he can play at that level. Whoa, he has been good. Most improved tiger, beginning of the season until now, unreal change. Congrats and keep it going!

TigerTurf said...

and we get him for another year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

longtimefan said...

For all of those posters who were clamoring to get rid of Langhammer and they should have kept Daniel Wapple I'll say this, the Tigers playoff run would have been over long ago if Wapple was our goaltender. This kid has been nothing short of brilliant all through these playoffs. Even going back to last year I've said this kid has the attributes to be a good goaltender and he's more than proved it in these playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Suprised Moroz came back into the game.

He went after penner in the corner and Penner knocked him on his ass. He fell later in the shift getting up, and then fell going to the bench.

I bet you he is scratched for tonight with a concussions.

Anonymous said...

Is Cox done for the season?

What a horrendus job by the stripes last night

TigerTurf said...

He didn't look good getting helped off the ice. Tigers haven't said anything about him.