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Tigers Claw Their Way To Win


In a word, “WOW”. That was the best SVRSS Tigers hockey Head Coach Warren Gray could come up with following his team’s improbable playoff run that ended with the consolation side championship.
The Tigers – who lost game one of each best-of-three series they played this post season – came back to win when it mattered most last Monday night (March 12) in Brandon with another overtime thriller, this time by a score of 5-4 over the Crocus Plainsmen.
“The kids never quit and played every shift hard and pushed the pace when needed,” said Gray following the decisive game three victory.
The Tigers went down 2-0 early in the contest but eventually found their footing and ended the opening period down by only one goal with a 3-2 score.
Darian Boychuk and Dalton Klyne, who was red hot in the series, would give the Tigers their opening period goals.
The Plainsmen would restore their two goal lead with a goal less than a minute into the second period.
But, the never say die Tigers would fight back and a goal off the stick of equally red hot Cole Turton brought the Tigers to within one going into the crucial third period.
With time winding down and the Tigers on a vital penalty kill, Jordan Gray took matters into his own hands to tie the game while short handed.
What has become the norm in the series, the two teams headed for overtime yet again making it all three games in the series would be decided in sudden victory style.
And yet again, one overtime period wouldn’t be enough but knowing they had a long ride home in front of them, the Tigers willed their way to victory early in the second overtime period.
Jumping out of the penalty box after killing off a too many men penalty, Donavyn Meadows took a stretch pass and broke in alone on Plainsmen netminder Marcus Whitecloud.
After Meadows put a shot on net, the rebound bounced out in front and passed the lone Plainsmen defenceman. Coming in a step later, forward Ethan Campbell picked up the rebound and fired it into the net and the celebration was on.
For a team that didn’t even exist until this past fall, winning a championship of any sort was a huge accomplishment.
“It was such a character win for the kids and we coaches are so happy for the Grade 12s to end their season on a winning note,” concluded Gray.

Brian Gilroy