TIGERS HOLD SERVE, GO UP 2-0

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The Medicine Hat Tigers got two goal nights from John Dahlstrom and Zach Fischer on rout to a 5-3 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.

That gives the Tigers a 2-0 series lead in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Quarter-Final.

Following up a 7-2 victory on Friday, the Tigers fired 44 shots on goal on route to the victory. Logan Thompson, who faced 52 shots on Friday kicked aside 38 saves before leaving the game late in the third period after a collision with Tiger forward Mason Shaw.

Travis Child came on in relief and stopped the lone shot he faced in just over 5:00 of action.

In comparison to game one, the Wheat Kings had a much better effort including keeping the Tigers power play at bay. They finished the night 1/5 and are now 5/14 in the series.

“In the third period we got going a little bit,” Brandon coach David Anning told Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun following the game.

“We had some energy and I thought guys were working. We scored some goals, which is important. We had more pressure up the middle of the ice, we had more traffic. We started to generate some looks and we were able to capitalize. Obviously there are some positives to come back and build on Tuesday.”

Brandon got goals from Connor Gutenberg, Reid Duke and Tyler Coulter despite only throwing 23 pucks at Tiger netminder Michel Bullion.

The Wheat Kings, who will now host Medicine Hat for games three and four this week in Dauphin, played without their captain again on Saturday. Nolan Patrick, who missed game one of the series after a full week of practice, is currently listed as day to day with a lower body injury.

Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30, with the CKLQ pre-game show beginning at 7:00.

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