Not even the normal stellar play of the Moose Jaw Warriors at home could stop the Medicine Hat Tigers from extending their current winning streak to four games.
After an up and down beginning to the season, the Tigers have seemed to hit a surge and a 3-2 overtime victory over the Warriors on Sunday evening in Western Hockey League action helped keep the streak alive.
“It is a nice turnaround. The guys are playing harder, playing simpler and we are battling,” said Tigers coach and general manager Shaun Clouston.
Despite playing three games in three days, including a 5-1 loss to Prince Albert on Saturday evening, the Warriors were not using that as an excuse. In fact, Warriors head coach Mike Stothers felt the team had a much better effort compared to the game against the Raiders.
“I thought we were better than we were last night (Saturday). I wasn’t overly impressed with (Saturday) and I thought we were much better tonight (Sunday), but we just didn’t get the result we were looking for,” he stated. “In a less than 24 hour span, I think it was a step in the right direction.”
Justin Kirsch got the Warriors on the board in the first period when he scored on a shot from behind the goal line that bounced off the back of Tigers goaltender Cam Lanigan. A late goal from Curtis Valk tied the game up for the Tigers in the opening frame.
The two teams were still deadlocked after two periods. Warriors killed off a delay of game penalty then just seconds after Tanner Eberle exited the box, Dylan Bredo scored through the five-hole of Justin Paulic to give the Tigers the lead.
The Warriors responded with a goal from Sam Fioretti, his 13th on the season on the power play and the two teams remained tied at the end of regulation.
At 1:13 of the overtime period, Boston Leier came out from behind the Warriors net and found Bredo near the crease and behind two defenders for the game winner.
“It was so close…it was a one goal overtime game. Until the last one goes in, it was anyone’s game. We pulled ahead in the third and unfortunately couldn’t hold on. I thought the last few minutes, we played well and we didn’t panic and made sure we got the one point,” explained Clouston. “Dylan Bredo has been playing a really strong game for us and he and Boston connected on the winner.”
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