MOOSE JAW, SK – The first setback of the WHL pre-season came on Saturday night for the Medicine Hat Tigers, dropping their first exhibition contest 6-2 at the hands of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Entering Saturday’s contest, the Tigers pulled off a pair of comeback victories over the Lethbridge Hurricanes last weekend to hold a 2-0 record in the pre-season.
The Tigers opened the scoring in Moose Jaw, as Josh Williams continued his incredible pre-season with his line mate Mick Kohler setting him up for his fifth goal of the pre-season midway through the first.
Through three exhibition games, the 16-year-old rookie has five goals and seven points.
Still a 1-0 Medicine Hat lead early in the second period, Warriors forward Tanner Jeannot scored his first of the pre-season to knot the game at 1-1.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in the frame, the Tigers swapped out Duncan McGovern for Kaeden Lane between the pipes. McGovern finished the night with 13 saves on 14 shots faced.
Moose Jaw hopped on Lane shortly after he entered the game, with Daemon Hunt putting the Warriors ahead 2-1 with just under seven minutes left in the second period.
That Warriors lead was extended to 3-1 four minutes later, as Tate Popple registered his first exhibition goal to give Moose Jaw the advantage entering the third period.
A bit of a bounce-back 1:46 into the third for Medicine Hat, with Henry Rybinski setting up Jaxon Steele for his first of the pre-season to cut the Moose Jaw lead to 3-2.
Things quickly fell apart after that however for the Tigers, as Moose Jaw picked up goals from Brayden Tracey and Tyler Smithies in the span of three minutes to take a 5-2 lead.
Top prospect Jet Woo added another insurance marker 8:33 into the third, as the Warriors rolled to a 6-2 win over the Tigers.
It was a rough outing for Lane, as he allowed five goals on 19 shots and was credited with the loss for Medicine Hat.
The Tigers will have another week to re-group and wind up the pre-season, as they hit the road for a contest against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday at 7:00 pm.
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