By Ryan McCracken on February 11, 2020.
Jonathan Brinkman brought out the big guns on Tuesday night at the Canalta Centre.
The 18-year-old Danish forward led his Medicine Hat Tigers to a 7-0 victory over the Regina Pats with the first two-goal performance of his Western Hockey League career — holstering his hot stick like a six-shooter after each highlight-reel tally.
Medicine Hat picked up two power play chances early in the first period, then Regina earned a pair of their own — but both teams came up empty-handed on their opportunities.
Brinkman broke the goose egg with just over three minutes left in the opening frame by beating Pats goaltender Donovan Buskey to the top corner for his 10th of the year.
James Hamblin picked the offence back up for Medicine Hat to start the second period — converting a power play that carried over from the first to double up on the Tabby lead — then Parker Gavlas added another from the top of the right circle to push the Pats onto their heels.
Regina’s struggles continued with a parade of four consecutive penalties. Elijah Brown cashed in on a set-up feed from Hamblin with Robbie Holmes in the box for tripping, then Brinkman sniped his second of the night for an even-strength backbreaker 56 seconds later.
The tally chased Buskey from the crease in favour of Danton Belluk to start the third.
Belluk did well to prevent the Tigers from piling on, but Ryan Chyzowski snuck one past him on Dylan Plouffe’s rebound to bury the Pats in a six-goal deficit.
Chyzowski added his second of the period three minutes later when he cut down the left wing and beat Belluk to the top corner, bringing the 19-year-old Kamloops product to 25 goals on the campaign.
Things got ugly late in the period when Regina’s Jake Johnson took a run at Brett Kemp off a draw in the Tigers end — prompting a brawl between all 10 skaters on the ice. Johnson was given a charging minor, while Kemp got five for fighting and a game misconduct.
The Pats earned a three-minute power play after the dust settled and pressured for a consolation tally, but Mads Søgaard kept the paddle down for a 24-save shutout.
Medicine Hat improved to 34-16-2-1 with the victory.
Buskey stopped 27 shots to take the loss, dropping Regina to 18-27-3-2. Belluk turned away 10 in relief.
The Tigers will be in Edmonton to face the Central Division-leading Oil Kings on Saturday at 7 p.m.