By Ryan McCracken on February 9, 2018.
David Quenneville rewrote the history books on Friday night at the Canalta Centre.
The 19-year-old Medicine Hat Tigers blueliner recorded two assists to set a new franchise scoring record for defencemen at 197 points in his team’s 4-0 victory over the Calgary Hitmen.
The performance puts Quenneville one point ahead of former Tigers defenceman Kris Russell for the all-time record, and in five fewer games.
The Tigers laid their bodies on the line to hold Calgary to just three shots in a scoreless opening frame. While Hitmen goaltender and former Tiger Nick Schneider kept his team in the contest with 11 saves through the first 20 minutes, Medicine Hat opened the floodgates in the second with three goals in the first four minutes to seize control of the game.
Elijah Brown set things into motion just 76 seconds into the period when he chipped a set-up feed from Gary Haden past Schneider for his first of the night.
The Tigers went right back to applying pressure in the Calgary end and Mark Rassell capitalized on a defensive breakdown for his 44th of the season just 57 seconds later. The overage captain was left alone on the doorstep when a Quenneville point shot trickled his way for a tap-in goal — putting his teammate into Tigers history alongside Russell.
Medicine Hat’s opportunistic offence continued immediately after Rassell’s tally when Brown cut across the crease and redirected a shot from affiliate blueliner Daniel Baker past Schneider for his fourth goal since joining the Tigers at the trade deadline — and the first point of Baker’s young career.
The Hitmen pressed for an avenue back into the game early in the third period, but the Tabbies held off the push and Ryan Chyzowski struck to seal the game with five minutes left while putting Quenneville into sole possession of the team’s all-time defensive scoring record.
Tigers goaltender Michael Bullion collected the victory with 16 saves to push Medicine Hat to 28-22-7-0 on the season with his second consecutive shutout. Schneider took the loss on 41 stops, dropping Calgary to 16-31-5-2.
The Tigers and Hitmen will close out a home-and-home set in Calgary on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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