The Medicine Hat Tigers returned the favour Saturday night, beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the first-ever Western Hockey League game in the new Canalta Centre.
After the Canes took it to the Tigers on Friday, Medicine Hat was fired up for this game, especially in front of a crowd of nearly 6000 people. The Tigers got the scoring started 6:14 into the game when Max Gerlach scored on a power play to make it 1-0 for the home side. The Tigers added to their lead less than 40 seconds later when Mark Rassell scored to quickly make it 2-0. The Tigers weren't done there. They'd make it 3-0 with another power play goal when David Quenneville snapped one home. That was it for Stuart Skinner who allowed those three quick goals. Jayden Sittler came in after that, but the Tigers got to him early too. Less than 90 seconds later another power play goal, this one from Cole Sanford. That put the Tigers up 4-0 through 20 minutes of play.
In the second, the Hurricanes got one of those back. Tyler Wong scored his 3rd goal of the season at the 14:41 mark to cut the Tigers lead to 5-1 through 40 minutes.
In the third, Medicine Hat regained its four goal lead when Trevor Cox scored late into an empty net. Just prior to that the Hurricanes had a goal called back. Lethbridge did get two late goals in this game as well. Brayden Burke scored his first of the year to cut the lead to 5-2 and then with 16 second left Russian Egor Babenko notched his first-ever WHL goal to make it a 5-3 game that it the way things would end.
The shots in this game were even at 30-30 for each team. The loss drops their early season record to 1-1. The Hurricanes went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Tigers finished the night 3 for 6. The Canes I don't think were ready for the Tigers in this game, especially with all the hype surrounding the opening of the Tigers new arena.
The Hurricanes are off now until Saturday (Oct. 3) when they travel to Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay ICE. They'll be back home Sunday (Oct. 4) to host the WHL Champions from last season, the Kelowna Rockets.