Dave Struch has seen this movie before.
“The team held it in all night.”
A late goal from Logan Christensen, quickly followed by Ryan Jevne, broke a third period tie to send the Tigers to a 4-2 victory and the Pats sitting with an eighth straight loss.
“Goals like that kind of crush it for us and we’re a team that need to keep the momentum on our side as much as possible.”
To start the game, the momentum was tilted down right at Dean McNabb, who turned away all 15 shots he saw in the first to keep the game scoreless.
That changed in the second, with Jadon Joseph notching his 12th just over a minute. The Pats were looking at heading into the third with a lead, but a goal with under 30 seconds remaining from James Hamblin drew things at one after 40 minutes.
The tie didn’t last long, as Ryan Jevne scored just over a minute in put the Tigers ahead for the first time on the night. Sergei Alkhimov responded with his second goal in as many games to draw things at two. Christensen and Jevne scored minutes later to keep Medicine Hat in the drivers seat for good.
Dean McNabb made 42 saves and his coach was very pleased.
“He held us in the game, he made a lot of big saves,” said Struch. “Unfortunately, that third goal is something we gotta stop in this league.”