Game 2 goes tonight from Ice District as the Oil Kings look to even the series after a solid performance that didn’t amount to a win in Game 1 against the Tigers. The Tigers escaped with a win in Game 1 despite the Oil Kings peppering 50 shots on net. Mads Sogaard was the difference maker in Game 1.
Same lineups for Game 2 for both teams. Myskiw in net for the Oil Kings. Sogaard in net for the Tigers.
Much better start for the Oil Kings in this one as 2:24 in Liam Keeler would take a beautiful feed from Josh Williams and put it in the back of the net. It took over 40 shots for the Oil Kings to find a goal in Game 1. They would score on their first shot of the game in Game 2.
The first period of Game 2 was much more physical than any part of Game 1 as it seems like the playoff series is settling in. Players are finishing their checks in the corners and a lot of scrums after the whistle.
Oddly enough Myskiw would take a penalty and put the Oil Kings on the penalty kill for the first time in the game. The Tigers would capitalize with a rocket from Linus Nassen tying the game at 1’s.
Linus Nassen would make the Oil Kings pay again as the Tigers would go up 2-1 with around 5 minutes to play.
We’d wrap the first period with the same story from Game 1. The Oil Kings brutally outshooting the Tigers but down in the scoreboard.
David Kope would get called for a weak cross check call and the Tigers would start the second period off wth a powerplay. It wouldn’t last long as Nassen would shove Fyten to the ground after the whistle and take a roughing penalty ending the powerplay.
Half way through the second period the Oil Kings would be ahead of the Tigers 26-5 in shots but down 2-1 in the game. Once again pure dominance by the Oil Kings. Once again pure dominance by Sogaard who controls the game so well for Medicine Hat.
Edmonton would get their chance on the powerplay after Trevor Longo would take an interference penalty.
The Popeyes Minute would once again prove lethal, this time in favour of your Oil Kings with a Vince Loschiavo one timer tying the game up at 2’s with 5 minutes left in the second.
Medicine Hat would get another chance on the powerplay with just over two minutes left in the second after Will Warm would send a wobbling puck over the glass. Medicine Hat would capitalize by essentially shoving Myskiw in the net. Brett Kemp would get credited with the goal.
Edmonton dominated the frame but once again Medicine Hat is ahead on the scoreboard.
Medicine Hat would start the third with the lead and play on their back foot for most of the third as Edmonton would keep up the constant pressure. Sogaard would hold his ground as he once again remains the difference maker in this series.
Carter Souch would make good off a Oil Kings then over going glove side on Sogaard and with 12:35 left in the game we’d have a tie game.
McDonald and Kemp would get coincidental minors with just over 10 minutes to go and we would have 4 on 4 hockey. Nothing would come out of it.
Three minutes remaining in the third and the Oil Kings would take the lead off a Quinn Benjafield snipe on a 3 on 2 rush.
The Oil Kings would hold on and tie the series 1-1 and we’ll be promised a Game 5 in Ice District.
Three Stars of the Game:
3rd - Liam Keeler
2nd - Linus Nassen
1st - Quinn Benjafield