MEDICINE HAT — In the first two games, Luke Siemens had been busy humming tunes in his crease as the Moose Jaw Warriors forechecking stifled the Medicine Hat Tigers offence from 200 feet away.
Tuesday, Siemens was needed to make some vital saves and the 19-year-old goalie played his best game of the post-season.
"I felt I settled in as the game went on. I got a few more shots than usual. It's a little easier getting 26 shots instead of 15," said Siemens after his 24-save performance. "It's in-between a lot and a little, so it's a good number."
While Tyler Bunz stopped 48 shots in Game 3, Siemens had only faced 38 shots total in the previous three games he had played.
While the Tigers were struggling to generate many shots, they did have a handful of scoring chances in each of the first two games. Siemens acknowledged it isn't easy to not face a shot for five minutes and then have Hunter Shinkaruk bearing down on your short-handed.
"You just have to stay focused," said Siemens. "You have to realize who is on the ice. If it's Etem or Shinkaruk coming down you have to be out and aggressive on the puck and make sure you're cutting down angles on them."
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Siemens said he likes to keep moving during whistles if he hasn't had a save to make and admitted he'll even break into song to keep his mind from wandering.
"It can be a little stretch now and then or a little skate to keep your head into it. I sing songs now and then," said Siemens who confessed he had Limelight by Rush stuck in his head in Game 3. "I usually hear a song in warm-ups that sticks in my head all day, so I just end up singing it."
Siemens was playing with confidence in Game 3 as he was aggressively challenging shooters and had excellent rebound control. He acknowledged he maybe wasn't at his sharpest during the Regina series, but he's feeling good about his game.
"The first round jitters are gone now. It's just a game and now I'm having fun with it," said Siemens. "I have trust in my D men that they're going to be taking away the passers. That allows me to get out there and make the first save. That comes from confidence."