The Oil Kings stay in Medicine Hat for Game 4 after getting blown out of the arena in Game 3. They’ll look to bounce back and bring the series back to Edmonton tied. Edmonton chooses to switch it up and go with Todd Scott in this one, while the Tigers will remain with Sogaard. Why wouldn’t they? He’s been the absolute difference maker in this series so far.
Very uneventful first period, but it’s just like the rest of the series. Edmonton carries the momentum of play and outshoots the Tigers 14-5. Both teams would get a powerplay in the period but neither team would capitalize. Scott only saw 5 shots in the period, but he made some huge saves as he had to remain sharp. Sogaard obviously has been nuts and his place is self-explanatory. Edmonton should be happy with this period as they went back to controlling the pace of play. It’s nice to see the boys play with the type of tenacity needed when down 2-1 in the series.
No scoring to mention, so hard to write a recap on the first period.
The Oil Kings who came into this series the favorites would find themselves down 1-0 quickly in the second and staring down a huge series deficit. Ryan Jevne would capitalize on a too many men penalty by the Oil Kings. The Tigers looked like they would have a 2-0 lead but it was determined that Todd Scott got interfered with and the goal wouldn’t stand.
Edmonton would show the firepower that they’ve shown all season late in the second. Off a Ryan Chyzowski tripping penalty. Quinn Benjafield would put home his second of the series assisted by Conner McDonald and Andrew Fyten. Tying the game 1-1 and bringing the Oil Kings back into the game. The Tigers practically wouldn’t touch the puck for the last 5 minutes of the second. Andrew Fyten would walk around the Tigers defenceman and flick the puck past Sogaard. Putting the Oil Kings up 2-1 and their first lead of the game. 43 seconds later Vince Loschiavo would give the Oil Kings an insurance marker as they would close out the period with a 3-1 lead.
The Oil Kings would pour on the pressure to begin the third period as it looks like they aren’t just going to sit back. One minute into the third period the Oil Kings would go on the powerplay after a Linus Nassen slashing minor. Ryan Jevne would shove Loschiavo from behind into the boards, but it was only seen as a two-minute penalty. I don’t know how. He shoved him directly in the numbers and is lucky Loschiavo wasn’t injured. Loschiavo would make Jevne and the Tigers pay though as he’d strike a tic-tac-toe one-timer off the faceoff to the back of the net.
Carter Souch would take a tripping minor but the Tigers wouldn’t be able to capitalize and get back in the game. Matthew Robertson would dump the puck into the Tigers zone. It would hit the stanchion and fool Sogaard who went behind the net to play the puck. Giving the Oil Kings a 5-1 lead as they look to bury the Tigers. 7 minutes left in the third period and Edmonton would hold a 35-12 shot advantage. Complete dominance. If things couldn’t go worse for the Tigers, they had 1:10 of 5 on 3 and couldn’t pot one.
Edmonton would hold on for a 5-1 lead and tie the series at 2. A completely dominant performance by the Oil Kings who despite the series being tied 2-2 have had control of most of the series. We’ll see you Friday night in Ice District for Game 5. Make sure to buy your tickets at www.oilkings.ca
Three Stars of the Game
3rd - Ryan Jevne (MH)
2nd - Quinn Benjafield (EDM)
1st - Vince Loschiavo (EDM)
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