Josh Paterson opened the game scoring and Cam Hebig closed it out. In between, it was all Tigers as Medicine Hat used the Blades as a tonic to cure their issues from the previous two games…both losses by a combined score of 13-1...in a 7-2 triumph over visiting Saskatoon.
Tyler Preziuso’s goal at 19:16 of the first period put Medicine Hat ahead for the first time…and for good…at 2-1. It was a goal that seemed to deflate the Blades.
“We played a good road game for the first period,” said Saskatoon assistant coach Jerome Engele. “I thought we were playing fairly strong. We had possession in their end a fair amount of time. And, we were getting good scoring opportunities. But, for some reason, our guys were refusing to shoot from the middle of the slot. Instead, we’re going over into the corner and try to take a shot from a bad angle.”
“Then, we go to the second period and we decide we’re going to take some dumb penalties,” continued Engele. “And, the end result is they’re scoring on us. Basically, after that, we just didn’t perform the way we should. We had a bunch of guys that were along just for the ride, not there to do their jobs.”
Saskatoon took three consecutive penalties in the first half of the second period. When David Quenneville made the score 3-1 in favour of the Tigers on the third power play chance of that series, the life was sucked out of the Bridge City Bunch.
Quenneville ended up with two goals, Preziuso added two assists to his goal and Swedish defenceman Linus Nassen added three helpers. Gary Haden, Ryan Chyzowski, James Hamblin and Dylan MacPherson also tallied for Medicine Hat, now 9-6-0 on the season as they out-shot the Blue and Gold 40-22…28-9 over the final two periods.
The 6-8-1 Blades return to action Saturday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. The broadcast on 92-9, THE BULL begins at 6:30 and the play-by-play at 7 p.m. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Saskatoon Blades 2 at Medicine Hat Tigers 7 - Status: Final Friday, November 3, 2017 - Canalta Centre - Medicine Hat, AB
Saskatoon 1 0 1 - 2 Medicine Hat 2 3 2 - 7
1st Period-1, Saskatoon, Paterson 4 (Hebig, Hájek), 4:36. 2, Medicine Hat, Haden 4 (Gally, Rubins), 6:59. 3, Medicine Hat, Preziuso 5 (Jevne), 19:16. Penalties-White Mh (tripping), 4:44.
2nd Period-4, Medicine Hat, Quenneville 6 (Gerlach, Nassen), 5:35 (PP). 5, Medicine Hat, Quenneville 7 (Nassen, Preziuso), 10:55. 6, Medicine Hat, Chyzowski 7 (Preziuso, Jevne), 18:52. Penalties-Fiala Sas (tripping), 0:22; Hebig Sas (tripping), 2:41; Fiala Sas (closing hand on puck), 5:28; Lees Sas (major-fighting), 6:01; MacPhee Mh (major-fighting), 6:01; White Mh (10-minute misconduct), 13:38.
3rd Period-7, Medicine Hat, Hamblin 4 (Nassen), 1:45 (PP). 8, Medicine Hat, MacPherson 2 (Hamblin, Rubins), 4:03. 9, Saskatoon, Hebig 13 (Shmyr), 9:14 (PP). Penalties-Caller Sas (hooking), 1:40; Hamblin Mh (tripping), 8:45; Rubinchik Sas (tripping), 18:05.
Shots on Goal-Saskatoon 13-4-5-22. Medicine Hat 12-16-12-40. Power Play Opportunities-Saskatoon 1 / 2; Medicine Hat 2 / 5. Goalies-Saskatoon, Kubic 6-6-1-0 (28 shots-23 saves); Grzybowski 0-1-0-0 (12 shots-10 saves). Medicine Hat, Hollett 5-3-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves). A-3,029 Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Kevin Webinger (6). Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Marcus Gerow (139).