The mantra of ‘look good, feel good’ was on full display for the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night, dominating the Red Deer Rebels 6-1.
Wearing special third jerseys inspired by the attire of Don Cherry, the Tigers scored three goals in the second period to pick up their fifth win in their last six contests.
It didn’t take long for Medicine Hat to get the opening goal with Gary Haden jumping on a loose puck in the crease and jamming it home 2:04 into the contest.
It looked like James Hamblin scored shortly after, but the refs ruled there was incidental contact with Rebels netminder Riley Lamb and it remained a 1-0 game.
Just over two minutes into the second period, Hayden Ostir in his second game back from injury was able to execute a perfect toe drag and fire it past Lamb short side for his ninth of the season.
Defenceman Linus Nassen picked up an assist on that play, earning a point in his return to the lineup after missing eight weeks with a wrist injury.
Midway through the frame David Quenneville was booked for high sticking, but that didn’t slow down Medicine Hat’s offence.
Two-time Tigers fastest skater Ryan Jevne turned on the after burners on the left side, picking up the loose puck and netting a shorthanded beauty past Lamb to make it 3-1.
Lamb’s rough evening continued a few minutes later, giving away the puck to Quenneville, who dished it to Haden for his second goal of the night.
That marker chased Lamb from the crease, giving up four goals on 30 shots through 33 minutes of action.
Red Deer finally got their first of the night late in the second period off a point shot by Hunter Donohoe, sneaking one past Michael Bullion to get the Rebels on the board entering the third.
Medicine Hat shut down any chance of a Rebels comeback in the third period though, limiting their divisional rivals to only three shots over the final 20 minutes of play.
Hamblin and Jevne added goals late in the third period to hammer the final nails in the coffin, securing a 6-1 win for the home side.
A quiet night at the office for Bullion with 17 saves on 18 shots, while the Tigers assaulted Lamb and backup Ethan Anders with 54 shots on the evening.
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