After a feisty opening 10 minutes of this game, the Medicine Hat Tigers would open the scoring. Cole Sanford took a great feed from Logan McVeigh and he snapped a low shot past Jonny Hogue to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in this game. Before the end of the period, the Hurricanes would get their first goal of the season when Jamal Watson stole the puck at the Tigers blueline and turned on the jets and beat Marek Langhammer to tie the game at 1-1. It looked as if that's the way the period would end, but the Tigers would get one more before the buzzer. Cole Sanford again off a nice drop pass would snap the puck over Hogue's blocker to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Shots were 8-7 Medicine Hat.
In the second, the Tigers would increase their lead. Boston Leier with a nice tip out front on the power play would give Medicine Hat a 3-1 lead early in the period. The Tigers would keep the offence coming. A few minutes later they'd add to their lead with Steve Owre stole the puck and moved in on a breakaway, beating Hogue to make it 4-1 Medicine Hat. That's the way the period would end. Shots favoured the Tigers 27-13 through two periods of play.
In the third, the Tigers would keep it coming with a few more goals. Kyle Stanton would score and then Curtis Valk followed that up with goal to give Medicine Hat a 6-1 lead and that's the way this one would end. The Tigers out shot Lethbridge 38-22 in this game. The Tigers finished the game 1 for 6 on the power play and the Hurricanes 0 for 3. Jonny Hogue, who started his first-ever game in the WHL took the loss. Assistant Coach Brad Lukowich said on the CJOC post game show that this was a learning curve for everyone, coaches and players and they would get back to fundamentals for the next game.
The Hurricanes will play the back half of this opening weekend home-and-home set with the Tigers Saturday night (Sept. 21) this time in Medicine Hat. Game time will be around 7:40pm, following the Tigers home opener pregame announcements. Fred and I will be on the radio at 7:00 pm MDT with the pregame show from the Hat. Also, the Hurricanes don't play at home again until October 2nd when they host Calgary. Both games next weekend are on the road, September 27 in Kootenay (7pm) and September 29 in Edmonton (4pm).