The Medicine Hat Tigers scored twice in the first six minutes and skated to a 3-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades before 2,709 fans at SaskTel Centre.
The game began three hours after the WHL Trade Deadline passed...and two Medicine Hat newcomers were part of the fast start. Elijah Brown assisted on Gary Haden’s opening goal while Bryan Lockner scored the 2-0 tally. Brown was acquired Tuesday from Seattle while Lockner was part of the Deadline Day curtain-raising deal…a three-way transaction that also included the Bridge City Bunch and Regina.
“It was just one of those things…(new) players aren’t accustomed, (guys who have been here) didn’t know if they were packing their bags (Wednesday) or what they were doing,” said Blades head coach Dean Brockman about his team’s listless effort. “You try and throw the ‘no excuse’ (explanation) in the tank, but I believe it was there and that’s just part of the game.”
David Quenneville scored, what turned out to be, the winning goal in the third period as the Tigers improved their Central Division-leading record to 23-16-3 and completed a four-game sweep of the season series over Saskatoon.
Thanks to the netminding of 16-year-old Nolan Maier, the Blue and Gold stayed within range of Medicine Hat. The Tigers out-shot the Bridge City Bunch 45-31. Braylon Shmyr and Chase Wouters tallied for the 21-19-3 Blades, who had a five-game, home-ice winning streak snapped.
Saskatoon hits the road for three games in the Central Division…Saturday in Red Deer, Sunday at Kootenay and Tuesday in Calgary. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Medicine Hat Tigers 3 at Saskatoon Blades 2 - Status: Final Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Medicine Hat 2 0 1 - 3 Saskatoon 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Medicine Hat, Haden 11 (Brown, White), 1:57. 2, Medicine Hat, Lockner 8 (Quenneville, Rubins), 6:00. 3, Saskatoon, Shmyr 22 (Paterson, Wouters), 17:39. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Shmyr Sas (hooking), 6:56; Haden Mh (tripping), 7:33; Rubinchik Sas (interference), 9:49.
3rd Period-4, Medicine Hat, Quenneville 18 (MacPherson, Hamblin), 12:31. 5, Saskatoon, Wouters 11 (Gerlach, Fiala), 19:45. Penalties-Jevne Mh (checking from behind), 6:58; Kustra Sas (checking from behind), 9:53; Christensen Sas (slashing), 16:50.
Shots on Goal-Medicine Hat 17-12-17-46. Saskatoon 7-12-14-33. Power Play Opportunities-Medicine Hat 0 / 4; Saskatoon 0 / 2. Goalies-Medicine Hat, Hollett 14-9-2-0 (33 shots-31 saves). Saskatoon, Maier 13-7-0-1 (46 shots-43 saves). A-2,709 Referees-Jason Bourdon (20), Reagan Vetter (39). Linesmen-Joel Beresh (122), Troy Semenchuk (65).