PRINCE ALBERT, SK — Captain Mark Rassell put together a renowned individual effort, scoring a pair of goals alongside the winning shootout marker as the Medicine Hat Tigers weathered a torrential Prince Albert Raiders squad with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.
Rassell scored the second and fourth goals of the game, adding up to a team-leading 27 on the season. The Calgary-product, playing his final year of WHL hockey, also notched a helper off David Quenneville's goal in the third period to earn his fifth three-point night in 29 games.
Ryan Jevne scored the lone goal of the first period at the 16:22 mark. Raiders forward Jordy Stallard collected his first of two on the night midway through the middle frame on the powerplay squaring the contest at 1-1.
Rassell regained the Tigers advantage with less than five minutes to go in the second, but the Raiders climbed back with a pair of markers late in the frame to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes to play.
Despite the Raiders outshooting Medicine Hat 22-7 in the third, Medicine Hat took a one-goal lead with 11 minutes to go off Quenneville's equilizer and Rassell's second of the night.
Eric Pearce drew the game back to a tie with 6:58 to play, his second of the season, to send the Tigers beyond regulation for the third time in four games.
Jordan Hollett, playing in his first game back since suffering a minor neck strain on Friday, made 49 saves, while Ian Scott made stopped 33 fired the Raiders way through 65 minutes of action. Both 'tenders combined for nine saves in a wild overtime frame.
Rassell and Max Gerlach both capitalized in the shootout, while Hollett stoned Stallard and Cody Miske on their opportunities to earn the Tigers 17th win of the season. They now sport a record of 17-11-1-0 to move eight points clear of Lethbridge and Kootenay for the Central Division lead.
Medicine Hat continues it's four game road trip on Friday, visiting the Brandon Wheat Kings, who defeated the Tigers in overtime on Saturday at the Canalta Centre, at 6:30 p.m.
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