The Medicine Hat Tigers clawed their way to a 10-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen in their first meeting of the season on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“We didn’t have the jump we needed tonight. We need to establish ourselves better at home,” stated head coach, Mike Williamson. “We’ve played pretty well on the road and haven’t played too well here mostly because we seem to get away from things quick, guys go on their own program a little bit.”
Curtis Valk led the Tigers scoring attack with four goals, while Hunter Shinkaruk tallied one marker and added four assists in the win. Boston Leier, Ty Stanton, Dylan Bredo, Chad Labelle and Gavin Broadhead also scored for the visitors.
Despite Calgary outshooting the Tigers 12-8 in the opening frame, the visitors lit the lamp first as Leier sped into the zone, fielded a pass from Jacob Doty and fired it over the glove of Chris Driedger.
Before the final buzzer, Medicine Hat would score eight more unanswered goals including four powerplay markers, before capping off their offensive charge at ten.
After allowing three goals on 11 shots, Chris Driedger was relieved by Mack Shields less than five minutes into the second frame.
Cody Sylvester snapped the shutout of Tigers’ netminder, Cam Lanigan, with just over five minutes remaining in the contest. The Hitmen captain snuck it through the five-hole of Lanigan on the wrap around to tally his 12th of the season.
The Hitmen visit the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow night, before returning to the Scotiabank Saddledome Sunday afternoon to the host Kelowna Rockets, with a 4 p.m. puck drop. For Sunday’s Hitmen Fight Cancer game presented by Delta West Academy, the ice will be painted pink and players will be wearing pink jerseys in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region (CBCF) as well as the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (Kids Cancer Centre).
Fans can bid on the game-worn pink jerseys until Tuesday, October 30 at 8 p.m. MT by visiting www.elevateauctions.com/hitmenhockeycancer. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be shared by both the CBCF and Kids Cancer Care. In addition, 50/50 funds and on-site donations from the Hitmen Fight Cancer game will support both causes. Winning bidders will be presented with jerseys following the home game on Friday, November 9.
A special ticket offer is available for Sunday’s Hitmen Fight Cancer game through Smart Betty, a local fundraising organization, with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to both foundations. To purchase these tickets, please register at http://calgary.smartbetty.com/.