Tigers man­age handy win

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - RYAN MCCRACKEN

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.

NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN

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.

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