By James Tubb on January 21, 2024.
The Medicine Hat Tigers ended a busy weekend on a high note.
The Tigers wrapped up a three-game weekend in winning fashion, beating the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-3 on the road Sunday. Medicine Hat came into the contest off a 5-4 overtime loss Sunday to the Regina Pats. They also fell 3-1 Friday to the Red Deer Rebels, just the fifth time this season they’ve lost two straight games.
Medicine Hat scored first in a game that featured four different lead changes.
Just 32 seconds into the contest, Dru Krebs fired a puck on net that tricked in for his fourth of the season. The rest of the opening frame was back and forth before Brandon tied it up with 2:22 left. Rylen Roersma fired a hard shot from the wings that beat Ethan McCallum to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes.
A busy second period started off with a Hunter St. Martin power play goal 3:29 into the frame. The Tigers capitalized four second into a power play on a tic-tac-toe play from Shane Smith and Gavin McKenna.
The Wheat Kings answered back just over three minutes later with a goal from Brett Hyland. Medicine Hat followed that up 1:35 later with Oasiz Wiesblatt knocking in a loose puck in front of Ethan Eskit to re-gain the Medicine Hat lead.
Brandon answered back yet again. Joby Baumuller scored 1:18 after Wiesblatt’s goal to even it up at 3-3 through 40 minutes. After being tied up at 9-9 through 20 minutes, Medicine Hat outshot the Wheat Kings 27-17 through two periods.
The Tigers rattled off four unanswered goals in the third for the win.
Hayden Harsanyi was crashing the net when a shot from Tomas Mrsic rebounded off Eskit and hit Harsanyi on the chest and into the back of the net for the lead 4:05 into the third.
Just 1:07 later, Mrsic broke into the Brandon end and deked his way through multiple defenders before scoring from his knees for the 5-3 lead. McKenna and Smith had the helpers on Mrsic’s 12th of the season.
The offence kept rolling with Harsanyi firing a puck on net that slowly tricked through Eskit and into the net. Krebs and Parsons had the assists on Harsanyi’s ninth on the year, they led 6-3 with 4:37 left in the contest. Before the final buzzer could go, Wiesblatt and McKenna broke in on a breakaway.
McKenna sent the puck to Wiesblatt who scored his second of the night and 19th of the season to make it the 7-3 final with 2:40 left. St. Martin had the second assist.
McCallum, a product of Brandon, made 25 saves for the win on the afternoon. Across the ice from him, Eskit made 31 saves. The Tigers were 1-for-6 on the power play and stopped both of the Wheat Kings man advantages.
The Tigers (24-14-3) are off until Friday when they head to Moose Jaw to face Matthew Savoie and the Warriors. They’ll host the Warriors the next night at Co-op Place.