Tigers outlast Winterhawks in marathon goaltending duel

By Scott Roblin
February 10, 2019 - 9:11pm

PORTLAND, OR – Ryan Chyzowski needed just one shot on Sunday and he made it count against the Portland Winterhawks, sending the Medicine Hat Tigers home with two points.

Medicine Hat needed the fifth round of the shootout to net their second goal of the evening, but were able to down the Winterhawks by a 2-1 final thanks to another stellar outing from Mads Sogaard.

WHL leading scorer Joachim Blichfeld added to his stats 10:23 into the first period, putting his 45th of the season past Sogaard to give the Winterhawks an early advantage.

Trailing 1-0 in the second period, the Tigers outshot Portland by a 17-8 count over the middle frame but Shane Farkas stood on his head for the Winterhawks to keep the home side up after 40 minutes.

With Corson Hopwo in the box for tripping early in the third, Ryan Jevne was able to fire home his 25th goal on the year shorthanded to knot up the score at 1-1, extending his point streak to five games.

Portland tested Sogaard with four shots in overtime but the Dane stood his ground, forcing a shootout at the Moda Center.

After the first nine shooters missed, Chyzowski was able to go five-hole on Farkas to seal the extra time victory for the ‘Tabbies.’

Sogaard made 32 saves on the night and has stopped 112 of his last 116 shots faced, currently sitting first place in the WHL with a 0.935 save percentage.

As for Jevne, he has now recorded four goals and 11 points over his five-game point streak and is up to 53 points on the season.

Finishing their western road trip with a 3-0-1 record, the Tigers have earned points in each of their last five games and now sit just one point back of the Edmonton Oil Kings for first place in the Central Division with a 31-18-3-2 record.

Medicine Hat returns home to the Canalta Centre on Wednesday night, as they battle top prospect Kirby Dach and the Saskatoon Blades at 7:00 pm.

Hounds lose first game since November over weekend; rebound with win on Sunday