By Ryan McCracken on January 20, 2018.
The Medicine Hat Tigers were forced to settle for a single point on Saturday night at the Canalta Centre.
Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Vojtech Budik scored exactly one minute into overtime to hand the Tigers their third consecutive loss in a 3-2 nailbiter.
While the Tigers and Raiders traded a handful of chances and a pair of power plays in the opening frame, it wasn’t until midway through the second that Mark Rassell finally broke the stalemate.
The overage captain danced his way around Raiders goaltender Ian Scott and threaded the puck across the line from behind the net to bring the crowd of 3,475 to their feet with his 39th of the year.
But the Raiders answered back in a hurry. Less than two minutes after Rassell’s marker, Jordy Stallard won an offensive zone draw to himself and fed the puck to Curtis Miske who beat Bullion on the ensuing chance to draw even.
Raiders winger Regan Nagy stole away the lead in the dying minutes of the second with Kristians Rubins in the box for interference, but the Tigers came roaring back in the third.
Hat rookie Josh Williams erased the deficit just over two minutes into the final frame when Scott bobbled a sharp-angle shot from Henry Rybinski and left a juicy rebound in the blue paint. The marker snapped a nine-game goalless drought for Williams, who returned from a broken collarbone on Jan. 5.
The Tigers looked poised to take the lead back on an extended 5-on-3 late in the third, but they were unable to put another puck past Scott and headed to overtime for the third time in the past four games — where Budik dashed their hopes at a comeback with his seventh goal of the season.
Bullion settled for the loss on 24 stops, dropping Medicine Hat to 24-18-5-0 on the season. Scott held on for the 33-save victory to push Prince Albert to 18-20-6-2.
The Tigers hit the road to Red Deer Tuesday to face the Rebels at 7 p.m.
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