March 25th, 2019

Jevne powers Tigers to third straight victory

By Ryan McCracken on December 12, 2018.

NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN Medicine Hat Tigers winger Josh Williams gets in the shooting lane between goaltender Mads Søgaard and Kamloops Blazers defenceman Jackson Caller in Western Hockey League action Wednesday at the Canalta Centre.

Ryan Jevne continued his red-hot December on Wednesday night at the Canalta Centre.

The overage MedicineHat Tigers winger scored twice for the third night in a row to help secure his team’s third consecutive victory with a 4-2 win over the Kamloops Blazers.

Medicine Hat took over control of the early momentum and Jevne capitalized on some sustained pressure by beating Blazers goaltender Dylan Ferguson over the glove for the 50th goal of his 243-game Western Hockey League career just over five minutes into the first.

The Tigers continued to chip away, springing Josh Williams and James Hamblin on a pair of first-period breakaways, but it was Tyler Preziuso who broke through by chipping a behind-the-net feed from Corson Hopwo past Ferguson to put theTabbies up by a pair after 20 minutes.

Medicine Hat found themselves in penalty trouble early in the second period when Daniel Baker was called for tripping, but Jevne came through again — this time with a shorthanded breakaway goal — to snuff out any energy gained by the advantage and leave the Blazers staring down a three-goal deficit.  The tally came moments after a puck trickled behind Tigers goaltender Mads Søgaard and off the post — causing the goal light to turn on behind him in error.

The Blazers finally pushed back in the dying minutes of the middle frame. First Connor Zary picked up a feed from Martin Lang off the rush and beat Søgaard under the blocker, then Brodi Stuart went bar-down from the left circle to cut the deficit to a single goal entering the third period.

Kamloops opened the third by hemming the Tabbies into their own end, but Baker restored MedicineHat’s two-goal lead a few minutes later when he threw a puck through traffic and watched it carry over Ferguson’s glove for his second goal of the year.

The Blazers put 13 shots on Søgaard in the third, but they were unable to find away to find another way through the Hat netminder and slipped to 12-14-2-1 on the year as a result.

Søgaard collected the victory on 36 saves, pushing Medicine Hat to 16-14-1-2.

Ferguson stopped 31 in the loss.

The Tigers will be in Red Deer to take on the Rebels (20-9-2-0) Friday at 7 p.m.

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