Tyler Wong and Jaeger White lead the charge for the Hurricanes offensively as the two combined for all five goals. Wong had three for the hat-trick, while White had two against his hometown team. Jonny Hogue stopped 20 of 22 shots he faced before Zac Robidoux entered the game at the half way point of the second period and was a perfect 15 for 15 the rest of the way.
The first period started off with a bang as just 35 seconds into the contest Wong scored his first of three in the period chipping in a loose puck after a bad bounce off the Tigers’ Nick Schneider to make it 1-0 ‘Canes early. Just under six minutes later, Wong tucked home another after another bad bounce as he wrapped one home to make it 2-0 just 6:21 into the game – Bryton Sayers and Griffin Foulk picked up the helpers. Markus Eisenschmid tallied on a snap shot to make it 2-1, but Wong completed the hat-trick with 1:09 left in in the opening period – Hurricanes lead 3-1 after one period. Tigers out shot the ‘Canes 13-12 in the first.
The Tigers and Hurricanes swapped second period goals. First, Medicine Hat chipped in to make it a 3-2 game Alex Mowbray converted at the 4:38 mark. The ‘Canes, however, would capitalize with a power play as White stole the puck on the left side, cut off the wall before riffling one by Schneider to make it 4-2 – Carter Folk and Sayers earned the assists. Tigers again out shot the Hurricanes 16-10 in the period.
It was a sloppy third period that was controlled by the Tigers for the most part. While the shots weren’t the highest in accumulation, the territorial advantage leaned in the Tigers favour. But, it was the ‘Canes that scored the lone goal of the period as White added his second to make it a 5-2 final.
The Tigers out shot the Hurricanes 37-28 in the game.
The Hurricanes went 1/5 on the man advantage while the ‘Canes killed off all eight penalties against.
The Hurricanes will wrap up the pre-season this weekend with two games in Crowsnest Pass. Friday versus the Kootenay Ice, and then Saturday against the Calgary Hitmen. The regular season kicks off next Friday, September 19th when the ‘Canes host the Tigers in the first of a home-and-home.