BRANDON, MB - Mads Sogaard stood on his head Tuesday night for the Medicine Hat Tigers, but his team’s offence struggled to solve the netminder at the other end of the ice.
Brandon Wheat Kings goalie Jiri Patera stopped 40 of the 41 Tigers shots he faced on Tuesday, as Medicine Hat dropped a 4-1 decision on the road.
Both Sogaard and Patera proved to be up to the task in the first period, with the vast majority of the opening frame being scoreless.
That changed with 1:13 left before the intermission, as Wheat Kings sniper Luka Burzan picked up a rebound and put his 17th of the season past Sogaard to give Brandon a 1-0 lead.
Medicine Hat led a strong offensive push in the second period, which was eventually rewarded by a goal from Ryan Chyzowski with 4:57 left to knot the contest up.
The tie game was short lived however, with Brandon getting their lead back courtesy of captain Stelio Mattheos putting home a Schael Higson rebound less than two minutes later.
Sogaard kept it a one-goal game early in the third period with a stop on a Ben McCartney breakaway, but could only stop the Wheat Kings barrage for so long.
Exactly six minutes into the final frame, Brandon doubled their lead to a pair of goals thanks to a timely marker from Linden McCorrister.
With just over a minute left in regulation head coach Shaun Clouston pulled Sogaard for the extra attacker, but the Wheat Kings sealed the victory with an empty net goal from McCartney.
Despite picking up the loss and falling to a 7-4-1-2 record on the season, Sogaard stood out for Medicine Hat with 42 saves on 45 shots against.
The Tigers were unable to make up any ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, seeing the Wheat Kings extend their lead on the first wildcard spot by five points.
Now holding a 13-14-1-2 record, the Tigers will wind up their three-game road trip on Wednesday night for another mid-week game against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 6:00 pm.
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