Quick start propels Tigers to 6-2 win over the Raiders
The Medicine Hat Tigers let the teddy bears fly early on Saturday night as part of a 6-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders at Co-op Place. The bears flew onto the ice just 1:14 into the first period following Medicine Hat’s first goal of the game. That was part of a three goal opening period for the Tigers, who never looked back, as they handed the Raiders their first loss of their three game road trip.
As mentioned, the Tigers opened the scoring 1:14 into the game, as Cayden Lindstrom sniped a shot far side past Chase Coward’s glove to make it a 1-0 game. After the teddy bears were cleaned off the ice, Medicine Hat followed up with another goal, this time at the 5:58 mark of the first, as Hayden Harsanyi gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead. With 7:57 left in the first, Gavin McKenna extended the lead to 3-0 with a powerplay goal from the low point. Those three goals gave Medicine Hat a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Lindstrom scored his second goal of the night 3:15 into the second period to make it a 4-0 game. That goal chased Coward out of the net, as Max Hildebrand came in relief of the Raiders’ starter, who allowed four goals on 16 shots.
The Raiders got on the board at the 7:59 mark of the first period, as Justice Christensen scored his fifth goal of the season. Brayden Dube made a great pass while falling to Christensen at the point, and the defenceman fired a shot through traffic and past Zach Zahara to make it a 4-1 game.
The Tigers recovered from that goal just over two minutes later, as McKenna scored his second goal of the night that gave the home side a 5-1 lead.
In his 15th WHL game, Luke Moroz scored his first career goal with 8:44 left in the middle frame. The 16-year-old forward ripped a shot top corner glove side past Zahara to make it a 5-2 game.
With 2:42 left in the second, the Tigers restored their four goal lead, as Kadon McCann scored his fifth goal of the season. After 40 minutes of play, Medicine Hat took a 6-2 lead into the third period.
No goals were scored in the final frame, as the Tigers went on to win by a 6-2 final. The Raiders fall to 14-13-0-2 on the season, and will finish up a three game road trip tomorrow night in Calgary. Puck drop is 5pm Sask time.