Hitmen Can’t Tame Tigers

Candice Ward/Photo

In the matter of seconds the game was decided.

The Hitmen fell 4-3 in overtime to the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday night to fall to 6-11-2 on the season.

Medicine Hat swept the home-and-home set and now have won four straight games, while the Hitmen have lost two straight since starting the month 2-0.

Jake Kryski, Jake Bean and Jakob Stukel all found the back of the net. Nick Schneider ended the night with 32 saves.

Max Gerlach scored twice including the game winner in overtime while Jaegar White and Mark Rassell scored the other markers. Michael Bullion made 36 saves for the win.

The Hitmen opened the scoring for the second straight night when Kryski would score off a rebound for his second with just over a minute into the game.

The Tigers would even things up four minutes later when White would score his second of the year. Gerlach would score his first of the game at the 16:42 mark before Bean would score on the powerplay before the end of the frame.

Rassell would give the home side a 3-2 lead headed into the final stanza with a powerplay marker and his 17th of the season.

Just 32 seconds into the third, Stukel would fire a wrister over the glove of Bullion which went bar down and tied the game at three.

A few minutes later Andrew Fyten seemed to give the Hitmen a 4-3 lead when the puck wound up in the back of the net after Fyten broke in on a breakaway. The ruling on the ice was overturned to a no goal as the goal judge determined Fyten kicked the puck in as he fell to the ice.

The Hitmen would get a late powerplay in the last minute that carried over for five seconds into overtime but couldn’t capitalize.

Both teams would trade chances in the extra frame as Schneider and Bullion each made saves on breakaways to keep the game going.

With 6.2 seconds left after a Hitmen turnover at the blueline, Gerlach would take the feed from Rassell and slide it in for the winner.

The Hitmen now travel to Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings Tuesday night for the second game of a five-game road swing.


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