Looks like the Tigers found their form tonight blanking the Rebels 4-0.
The Rebels had Key Forward Conner Bleackley out with an injury, while the Tigers had Vannelli, and Stanton out with injuries. Looks like Stanton may be out for a week or so, I hear Vannelli has near the same time frame.
Rebels Early Penalty Troubles
The Rebels got into penalty troubles early in the first period and the Tigers jumped out on the board first with an early power-play goal.
Trevor Cox found himself in the slot a little off-balance but managed to get solid wood on a puck that beat February's Goalie of the Month Rylan Toth over the shoulder. 1-0 Tigers
Physical Play Ramps up
The game was getting pretty chippy in the first period and it continued into the second period. I thought this jump-started the Tigers to get back on their game. Multiple scrums and shots after the whistle.
Matt Bradley would get credited for the Tigers second goal, and I'm not quite sure how it bounced in, I didn't get a good look at the play. 2-0 Tigers
Minutes Later Trevor Cox would turn on the afterburners leaving rebel defenceman in his wake going in on a breakaway. He was hauled down, and awarded a penalty shot.
On the penalty shot he made a nice deke and slid a puck past Toth's pad's as he was going the other direction. 3-0 Tigers
I thought their period was by far their best period prior to the Rebel goalie being pulled. The key to their offense is breaking out with speed, and everybody was in solid position making quick passes to get out of their own zone. This enabled them to come out 3 strong, with defensive support instead of 1 or 2 strong,
The rebels pulled their goalie early and the Tigers spent a good minute in the rebel zone before Chad Labelle would eventually make a couple nice moves to get into some open space and fired the puck into the net. 4-0 Tigers
They are back on a winning streak, we can all exhale. Langhamer played a phenomenal game in net picking up his first shutout of the season. He like the rest of the team got stronger as the game went on. I thought towards the second half of the game, their ability to do what they do best, breakout with a ton of speed to create chances was back in full force.
Next Up: Tomorrow Night in Moose Jaw.