Edmonton Oil Kings defeat the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2 in game 4.
Game 1: 4-1
Game 2: 2-0
Game 3: 9-2
Game 4: 4-2
The Tigers played really hard tonight and held the lead into the third period. It was a controversial High Stick goal that tied the game and a couple minutes later a long shot somehow found its way through Cam Lanigan's armour to give the Oil Kings the lead.
Lanigan played pretty phenomenal and gave the Tigers every chance to win. The Tigers had their chances but It was a game like game 2 where the bounces went the Oil Kings way and Laurent Brossoit made some very good saves when he needed to.
I think the Tigers threw more body-checks in this game than the entire first half of the season.
Cam Lanigan and Overagers
It was nice to hear Lanigan's interview on the radio after the game. Class act all the way!
Also Good Luck to Elgin Pearce, Derek Ryckman, and Can Lanigan for playing their last games in the WHL, and good luck to whatever their future holds. Pearce IMO deserves some sort of shot at the pro level. Derek Ryckman stepped up his game quite abit in playoffs and was one of the big reasons why the Tigers swept Saskatoon in Round 1.
I'd say overall the Tigers had a very successful season and did much better than expected. Their cup was the Saskatoon series, and no-one expected them to win a game let alone win in four games.
The early season looked pretty bleak and the jump they have made since the beginning of the season is outstanding. I think it was also incredible experience playing a team like the Oil Kings, because that's the level of hockey they will need to achieve next season for a shot at a title.
The streak the Tigers have going in pretty amazing. 5 straight years making it past round one, and only once have they failed to make it past round 1 in the last 11 years.
Next season is looking to be a very exciting season. I'll do a little early season outlook a little later on, but the Tigers have potential to dress an extremely similar team albeit one year older and more experienced. They have some pieces for a pretty exciting team that could be capable of making a lot of noise.