February 20th, 2019

Thunderbirds rally to top Tigers in overtime

By Ryan McCracken on February 9, 2019.

The Medicine Hat Tigers were forced to settle for a single point on Saturday night at the ShoWare Center.

Matthew Wedman scored just over three minutes into overtime to cap off a late comeback and push the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-3 victory over Medicine Hat.

The Tigers held a 3-1 at the 10-minute mark of the third period, but goals from Andrej Kukuca and Noah Philp forced sudden death then Wedman scored in 3-on-3 to snap Medicine Hat’s three-game winning streak.

James Hamblin kicked off the scoring for the second time in as many nights when he pounced on Ryan Jevne’s rebound and beat a sprawling Roddy Ross with Sean Richards in the box for high sticking — pushing Hamblin to the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career.

Tigers goaltender Jordan Hollett posted 14 saves to keep Medicine Hat in front after 20 minutes, but the Thunderbirds pushed back when Kukuca jammed a rebound into the back of the net just past the halfway point of the second period.

Tyler Preziuso pushed Medicine Hat back out in front six minutes later when he cut to the net and fired a centring pass from Hamblin past Ross for his 19th of the year.

Medicine Hat continued to chip away early in the third and Ryan Chyzowski doubled up on the lead when he beat Ross on the backhand for his 19th goal of the campaign and Jevne’s third assist of the game.

Kukuca responded for Seattle just past the halfway point of the frame when he snuck a shot through Hollett’s pads off the rush, then Jake Lee evened the score on a deflection with less than seven minutes left in regulation and Wedman sent the crowd home happy with his 27th of the season in overtime.

Ross stopped 27 shots to collect the victory and push Seattle to 21-26-5-1 on the season.

Hollett turned away 36 in the loss, dropping Medicine Hat to 30-18-3-2.

Linus Nassen finished with two assists for Medicine Hat.

Former Tiger Henrik Rybinski was held without a point or a shot and finished with a minus-1 rating.

The Tigers close out their four-game road trip Sunday in Portland against the Winterhawks at 6 p.m.

— This story has been updated to reflect a scoring change. Seattle’s third goal was initially attributed to Noah Philp, then Andrej Kukuca, but it has now been credited to Jake Lee.

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