Saturday, 22 October 2011

Tigers' Hatty in 1:42 Lifts MH to Win over Wheat Kings

Mark Stone extended his point streak to 12
games in Brandon's 5-2 loss to MH Friday
The Medicine Hat Tigers scored three goals in a one minute and 42 second span of the first period, and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

Reid Petryk, Scott McKay and Cole Grbavac scored in rapid succession for the Tigers, snapping a 1-1 tie late in the first period.

“We took a penalty, they scored on the power-play and then, the next rush, it goes off one of our players’ skates and goes in,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “In this rink, when momentum starts going their way, you have a tough time stopping it and we, obviously, had a tough time stopping it tonight.”

Mark Stone scored in the first period for Brandon and Tyrel Seaman notched a goal in the first minute of the third period to get the Wheat Kings within two.

Ritchie felt they got back to playing the type of game they need to for success in the third period.

“You have to be skating, and we weren’t skating as well as we normally do,” said Ritchie, “When we did get some pressure in the zone, it was all on the perimeter. We talked about the other net that we were going to the net and creating things and I didn’t think we did that until the third period, and we started getting better chances than we were getting in the second.”

Brandon was also hurt by a power-play that went 0-for-3 in the contest including a pair of first period man advantages that were largely ineffective, and gave the Tigers momentum because of their effective kills.

Brandon Anderson made his third straight start in goal for Brandon and stopped eight of 12 shots before being relieved by Corbin Boes after the fourth Medicine Hat goal at 17:28 of the first period.

Boes stopped all 24 shots he face the rest of the way, with the Tigers’ Emerson Etem tacking on the fifth goal into an empty-net.

Tyler Bunz finished with 29 saves in the Medicine Hat net.

Brandon is now 3-3-0-0 on their road trip and 7-4-0-1 overall.

The Wheat Kings conclude their longest road trip of the season Saturday night when they visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Mark Stone also had an assist in extending his point-scoring streak to 12 games…Michael Ferland notched a pair of assists Friday to surpass the 100 point mark for his WHL career…Brandon is 1-for-12 on the power-play in the last three contests.

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