MEDICINE HAT, AB — A six-hour drive from Edmonton earlier in the day didn’t phase Brett Kemp ahead of his debut for the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The newest addition to the Tabbies line-up notched a pair of goals in a 5-2 victory over the visiting Regina Pats at the Canalta Centre on Friday night.
Kemp, acquired by Medicine Hat in a deadline deal which saw former first-round pick Josh Williams shipped to the Oil Kings, has the most goals on the Tigers roster this season with 24.
The Tigers also got markers from Elijah Brown, Cole Clayton, and Linus Nassen. Corson Hopwo, Trevor Longo and Bryan Lockner picked up two assists each. The Tabbies are 6-1 since the Christmas break.
Regina’s goal-scoring came from Riley Krane and Sebastian Streu.
Medicine Hat outshot Regina 28-22.
Jordan Hollett stopped 20 shots for the Tigers while Dean McNabb turned aside 23 for the Oil Kings.
Brown’s seventh goal of the campaign game just under seven minutes into the first period, whacking a loose rebound through McNabb that trickled over the line.
Despite trailing 12-5 in opening period shots, the Pats squared the game 1-1 ahead of the intermission with a nifty deflection by Krane. The 18-year-old centerman tipped a long shot from Sergei Alkhimov with just 38 seconds left on the clock.
Kemp’s first as a Tiger came 4:46 into the second frame. Brown managed to find Bryan Lockner in the attacking zone after getting tripped up, who found the 18-year-old for a one-timer from the slot.
Less than four minutes later, Kemp notched his second in orange and black, shoveling a rebound behind McNabb on the power play from in tight.
Hollett was briefly caught out of position, giving Streu enough time to place a high shot into the cage and cutting the deficit to 3-2.
But a screened McNabb was bested by a couple long shots before the second period closed — first with defenceman Cole Clayton ending a 24-game scoring drought, and followed by fellow blue-liner Linus Nassen’s fifth with seven seconds on the clock.
Medicine Hat locked down defensively in the third period, holding Regina to just four shots.
Next up, the Kemp takes on his former team as the Tigers welcome Josh Williams and the Edmonton Oil Kings to the Canalta Centre on Saturday (7:30 p.m.).
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