BRANDON, MB - A furious comeback from the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night, rallying to beat the Brandon Wheat Kings in overtime.
Entering Saturday’s contest, the ‘Tabbies’ were winless in their two meetings with the Wheat Kings this season and were coming off a 3-1 loss in Regina on Friday.
Brandon broke through on the scoresheet with six minutes left in the first period, with Stelio Mattheos scoring his 30th of the season short side on Medicine Hat’s Michael Bullion.
Ty Lewis doubled the Wheat Kings lead with a little over one minute left in the frame, beating Bullion for his 25th goal on the year to put Brandon ahead 2-0 at the break.
It was a big response from the Tigers early in the second, as captain Mark Rassell went five-hole on Brandon goalie Logan Thompson.
That goal marked Rassell’s 36th of the year to put him third in the WHL in that category, which also made it a 2-1 game.
Trailing heading into the third, Medicine Hat quickly tied the game with David Quenneville ripping one off the iron and in for his 50th point on the season.
Connor Gutenberg had other plans for the Wheat Kings however, putting the home side back in the driver’s seat with a goal a little over four minutes into the third.
A few minutes later though, Brandon’s Marcus Sekundiak was sent to the sin bin for slew-footing, giving Medicine Hat their second power play of the game.
On the ensuring man advantage, Jaeger White’s rebound was picked up by Gary Haden for his 12th goal of the season to make it a 3-3 score.
Needing overtime, the Tigers rolled out Ryan Jevne just over a minute in, who sniped short side on Thompson to win the game for Medicine Hat.
Defenceman Dylan MacPherson assisted on Jevne’s game-winner, while also playing in his 100th career WHL game.
The Tigers threw 18 shots at Thompson over the course of the third period and overtime, outshooting the Wheat Kings 38-25 on the night.
Reaching double-digits in wins on the season, Bullion made 22 saves for the Tigers to help pick up the two points.
Improving their record to 24-17-3 on the season, Medicine Hat remains eight points ahead of the surging Lethbridge Hurricanes for first in the Central Division.
Finishing up their four-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers head to Moose Jaw to face the WHL’s top team in the Warriors at 3:00 pm.
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