The Medicine Hat Tigers lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-4 after the second period of WHL pre-season action in the Hat tonight.
Hunter Shinkaruk and Jayden Hart scoring goals 24 seconds apart to give the home side the lead after one. The Tigers held the edge in shots 16-9 after 20 minutes. In the second, Boston Leier gave Medicine Hat a 3-0 on a power play goal. Shortly after that, the Canes got on the board when Remi Laurencelle scored for Lethbridge to cut the lead to 3-1, but only 30 seconds later, the Tigers regained their 3 goal lead when Curtis Valk beat Christopher Tai to make it a 4-1 hockey game.
The Tigers kept it coming. Mike Kouleas scored to give the Tigers 5-1 lead. That would be it for Tai in the Canes goal, giving up 5 goals on 22 shots. After the goaltending change, the Hurricanes got one of those back with a goal from Jay Merkley, cutting the Tigers leads to 5-2.
Lethbridge cut into the lead late in the second with two more goals from Remi Laurencelle, but the Tigers would add one more before the buzzer to grab a 6-4 after 40 minutes of play. Laurancelle has three goals in this one for the Hurricanes.
In the third, the Tigers would score a couple more to grab a four goal lead. Kouleas would score his second of the game and Curtis Valk also added his third of the night. That gave Medicine Hat an 8-4 lead on the Hurricanes. That would end up being the final. The shots were 38-25 Medicine Hat in this one. The loss drops the Canes record to 2-1 in exhibiton play.
The Hurricanes started Christopher Tai in goal in this one. Also starting were Connor Sutton, Spencer Galbraith, Jaimen Yakubowski, Reid Duke and Colton Olynek.
Sitting this one out for Lethbridge included Ty Rimmer, Dan Johnston, Ryan Pilon, Graham Hood, Harrison Harper, Joel Topping, and Michael Soffilas.
The Hurricanes and Tigers will play one more time in the pre-season, on Wednesday (Sept. 12) at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00 pm (MDT). These two teams open the regular season in Lethbridge September 21st which will be our first WHL broadcast of the season on 94.1 CJOC.
More to follow........