Tigers manage handy win
number of blocked shots. “It was unreal.”
Preziuso picked the offence back up early in the second period when he raced into Prince George’s end and beat Gauthier off the post for his third goal of the year.
Jevne stretched Medicine Hat’s lead to three goals midway through the middle frame when he jammed his own rebound through Gauthier while driving behind the net. The goal stood as Jevne’s second of the season despite coming on his 39th shot in 10 games.
Prince George finally battled its way onto the scoreboard early in the third after building some momentum with Tigers defenceman Daniel Baker in the box for hooking. While the Tigers killed off the penalty, the Cougars continued to chip away and captain Josh Curtis snapped Søgaard’s shutout bid with his team’s 12th shot of the game.
“We came out flat and it just kind of went from there. We couldn’t really grab any momentum,” said Curtis. “We had a good third. We got some power plays. We got some good shots on net, quality chances and a coupe posts, too. It could have gone either way in the third but when it comes down to it, it was just too late.”
But the Tigers responded in kind less than a minute later when Austin Crossley was nabbed for holding. It only took seven seconds for Jevne to creep in from the point and cash in on the power play with his second of the night — snuffing out any of Prince George’s remaining momentum while bringing the fans in attendance to their feet.
Søgaard turned away 22 shots to collect the victory and push Medicine Hat to 4-5-0-1 on the year.
“I like his composure and his demeanour in the net,” said Clouston. “He’s in good spots. He battles real hard with the goalmouth scrambles. He had another strong performance.”
Gauthier settled for a 26-save loss, dropping Prince George to 2-5-0-1.
The Tigers return to the Canalta Centre Saturday to host the Kootenay Ice (3-2-0-0) at 7:30 p.m.
Medicine Hat lost two defencemen in the game, as both Joel Craven and Trevor Longo left the game and did not return — leaving their status for Saturday’s game in question.
“I don’t think Trevor will be available tomorrow, and it’s probably unlikely for Joel,” said Clouston. “We’ve got (Eric) Van Impe ready to come in and we’ll go from there.”
Tigers forward Gary Haden was scratched from Friday’s win. Clouston declined to comment on the playmaker’s status after the game.
Medicine Hat Tigers defenceman Linus Nassen celebrates after scoring 28 seconds into Friday's Western Hockey League game against the Prince George Cougars at the Canalta Centre.