Edmonton and Medicine Hat head south as the series shifts to Medicine Hat and the Canalta Centre. Currently, the series is tied 1-1 as the two teams would split the two games in Edmonton. Mads Sogaard has been the difference maker so far in this series as he stood on his head in Game 1 and kept the Tigers in it in Game 2. Nothing changes on the goalie front as both Myskiw and Sogaard would get the starts.
Edmonton finds themselves in a position they haven’t been in yet in this series. Down in the shot clock as the Tigers would end the period with a 12-8 shot advantage. The Oil Kings would test their penalty kill first as Parker Gavlas would take a two-minute minor for hooking. Myskiw would stand strong as the Oil Kings would kill it off. We’d have our first fight of the series as Parker Gavlas would get in a spirited tilt with Bryan Lockner. Jake Neighbours would be the next one to find himself in the penalty box with a goalie interference penalty. The Tigers wouldn’t capitalize on that powerplay, however, they would be the first team to strike as Cole Sillinger would score his first WHL goal at the 15:09 mark.
Scott Atkinson would continue the Oil Kings run to the penalty box with another goalie interference penalty and the Tigers would start the second with a 1-0 lead and 1:30 left on a powerplay.
Edmonton needs to stay out of the penalty box, they are the better team in this series. Playing down a man gives the Tigers opportunities to score goals that they wouldn’t get 5 on 5.
The Tigers powerplay in the second period wouldn’t last long as the Tigers would be called for too many men. It would be served by Cole Sillinger. Edmonton wouldn’t amount much on the powerplay, they would get a couple of shots but Sogaard would stand strong. The Tigers would add an insurance goal on the penalty kill as James Hamblin would walk in and put it past Myskiw to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
They wouldn’t be done there as Elijah Brown would slide the puck past Myskiw to put the division champions down 3-0 in Game 3. It looks like the Oil Kings didn’t take my advice as they would continue marching to the penalty box. Frustration seems to be sinking in as Medicine Hat isn’t going away as they should have been. At least the shot clock is even as the game itself has been back and forth. Edmonton just can’t seem to find the back of the net.
Things would go from bad to worse for the Oil Kings as Myskiw would get chased early in the third by a Ryan Chyzowski goal putting the Tigers up 4-0 and firmly putting this game in the bag. Vince Loschiavo would come out of the penalty box and get bugged enough on a breakaway to be given a penalty shot. He’d come in on Sogaard and Sogaard would turn him away. Sogaard has to be getting into the head of Edmonton at this point, he’s stonewalled them two out of three games.
Hayden Ostir would add salt to the wound as he’d launch a shot past Scott giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead and turning this into a rout. The Oil Kings need something, anything with the remainder of this game to build some positive momentum going into Game 4. The Tigers would hold on and win the game 5-0 and take a 2-1 lead in series.
Edmonton needs to regroup tomorrow or the series could start getting out of control, they don’t want to come into Edmonton on Friday in a must-win situation.
Three Stars of the Game:
3rd - Cole Sillinger (MH)
2nd - James Hamblin (MH)
1st - Mads Sogaard (MH)
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