SPOKANE, WA - It looked like another late game comeback would doom Medicine Hat on Friday night, but the Tigers were finally able to snap a five-game losing skid in a shootout.
Josh Williams scored the only goal of the shootout on Friday, downing the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 to earn their second victory of the season.
Posting one of their best nights on the power play to begin the season, Ryan Chyzowski opened the scoring 3:19 into the game with a laser beam top shelf to beat Bailey Brkin.
Late in the period however, Spokane winger Ethan McIndoe was able to solve Tigers netminder Mads Sogaard and tie up the contest at 1-1 heading to the intermission.
Just moments after a Chiefs goal was waived off by officials, Medicine Hat turned around and scored their second power play goal of the evening from Bryan Lockner 5:49 into the second period.
Lockner’s goal remained the go-ahead marker well into the third period, as the Chiefs pulled Brkin to add more firepower near the end of regulation.
With only 1:05 left in the third, Riley Woods was able to send the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena into hysterics with the tying goal.
Overtime wasn’t able to solve anything with both sides only registering a single shot, as a shootout was needed.
Sogaard was able to stop all three Spokane shooters, while Williams scored on Medicine Hat’s final attempt to give the Tigers a 3-2 win to local off their American road trip.
Earning his first WHL victory in Spokane, Sogaard was stellar with a 39-save performance to help get the Tigers their first win since their season opener on September 21.
Moving to 2-4-0-1 on the season, the Tigers have climbed past the Lethbridge Hurricanes for third place in the Central Division with five points.
Continuing their three-game road trip on Saturday night with a stop in Kennewick, Washington, Medicine Hat faces the Tri-City Americans at 8:05 pm.
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