By JAMES TUBB on October 9, 2021.
Medicine Hat pulled out of Red Deer Friday night with their first win of the season, beating the Rebels 4-2.
Lukas Svejkovsky carried the Tigers offence early with two goals in the first 10 minutes. Corson Hopwo and Rhett Parsons assisted on his first marker and Bogdans Hodass assisted on the second. Medicine Hat carried the 2-0 lead into the second period after being out shot 11-3 in the first.
The Rebels brought themselves within one as Carter Anderson scored his first of the season seven minutes into the second. Hunter Mayo and Christoffer Sedoff had assists on the Red Deer goal.
Hodass scored his first of the season on an early Tigers power play to give them a 3-1 lead only 50 seconds into the third. Hopwo and Svejkovsky assisted on the special teams goal off a Ben King holding penalty.
The 19-year-old Svejkovsky scored his third of the game, an unassisted marker 5:24 into the third. He has scored five of the six Tigers goals this season as he had two in Medicine Hat’s loss last Saturday.
Jace Weir made it interesting late for the Rebels, scoring with 1:04 remaining to bring Red Deer within two, but it was too little, too late.
Red Deer led the game in shots, 32-19, but couldn’t capitalize on the lopsided total and fell 4-2 at home.
Langkow, in his first game of the season for the Tigers, stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced en route to the Medicine Hat win.
Across the rink, Chase Coward stopped 15 of the 19 shots he faced. He’s started every game for Red Deer in his third season with the Rebels.
Medicine Hat improves to 1-2-0-0 on the season following the win. They host the Edmonton Oil Kings at Co-op Place Saturday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m.