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Tigers finish B.C. road trip with 3-2 record

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on October 24, 2023.

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The Medicine Hat Tigers’ longest road trip of the season came to a close Sunday afternoon with a tough loss.

The Tigers dropped the finale of their trip through British Columbia, falling 7-5 Sunday at Prince George against the Cougars. That loss came after a 4-0 shutout win Friday night at Kamloops over the Blazers, giving Medicine Hat a 3-2 record on the trip through the B.C. division.

Friday’s victory came off the back of Evan May’s first career shutout, where he turned aside 25 shots for the milestone. Oasiz Wiesblatt, Kamloops product Brett Calhoon, Nanaimo’s Brayden Boehm and Cayden Lindstrom all scored in the win.

The Tigers went back and forth with the Cougars on Sunday but were stymied after taking a 5-4 lead early in the third period. Early offence from Lindstrom was matched with a goal from Cougars’ rookie Terik Parascak, who leads the league in rookie scoring.

Hunter St. Martin regained the lead for Medicine Hat before the Cougars rattled off three unanswered. Rhett Parsons potted his first of the year to bring the Tigers within one before the end of the second, then Shane Smith and Lindstrom found the back of the next on the first two shots of the final frame for Medicine Hat’s second but final lead.

Prince George mounted their comeback and didn’t let it up, scoring three times in the final six minutes to hand the Tigers their fourth loss of the season.

Coming out of the trip, with roughly 3,400 kilometres added to the odometer, the Tigers sit tied with the Lethbridge Hurricanes for first place in the Central division with a record of 7-4-1. Their special teams remain in the top of the league, with the penalty kill working at a rate of 83.6 per cent (fifth) and the power play operating at 32.7 per cent (third).

The Tigers return to Co-op Place on Friday to open up a five-game home stand when the the Edmonton Oil Kings come to town.

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