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Tigers Wrap Season with Strong Effort

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It’s been a busy week for the SVRSS Tigers Hockey team as they hosted four games to cap off the season. With a record of 2-2 on the week, the team felt they left all they had on the ice.
“Most teams were playing a number of games this week to conclude the season,” said Manager Cory Grandfield. “We were fortunate to be at home for all of ours.”
In their final game of the week the Tigers faced off against the Killarney Raiders. Finishing the week off just as they started it, they dropped a disappointing 10-5 defeat.
In the first period, Killarney struck first, scoring three times before the Tigers fired back with one of their own off the stick of Cody Eisner.
Killarney would continue to score at will adding another two goals in the second before Eisner answered back yet again. Theron Church would help out his teammate by counting a third before the Raiders would halt the comeback with another one.
Ethan Campbell and Trey Sauder would try to steal the momentum, but Killarney would add one more before the buzzer. That left the score 7-5 in favour of Killarney heading into the locker rooms.
In the final period, Killarney would put the game away with three more goals making the final score 10-5.
“We were expecting a tough final game versus Killarney,” said Grandfield. “They needed the win to stay in the race for first overall. We got to within 1 after going down 5-1 but it wasn't meant to be.”
The prior afternoon, the Tigers took to the ice against the Souris Sabres and with confidence on their side from their previous game victory.
Eisner would give the hosts the early lead but the Sabres would tie the game shortly after.
Unwilling to let Souris take the lead, Jordan Gray, with a pair, and Sauder with a single would take back the momentum to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead after one period of play.
In the second frame, Jenna Mckay would be the only goal scorer when the grade 11 defender scored for the Tigers.
Things would heat up in the third as Damian Chernyk would add one of his own.
Unwilling to let the game go that easy, Souris would strike back, but the momentum was short lived as Gray would top off the night with another two goals, bringing his personal total to four in the game. The Tigers finished the game with an 8-2 win.
“It was nice to see the guys put three quick goals in the net after Souris responded to tie it at one,” said Grandfield. “We tried a few different line combinations and found some success. In the playoffs you need that little extra spark. In the end this was a big game for us. We've been watching the standings change on a nightly basis. All the teams are looking for an advantage going into playoffs.”
On Wednesday (Feb. 6) the Tigers flexed their offensive muscles when they faced off againstthe Roblin Raiders.
The Raiders gained some hope right off the start by opening the scoring, giving them the early 1-0 lead.
The Tigers continued to push forward for the remainder of the game though as Gray, Eisner with two, and Carnell Grandfield responded. That left the score 4-1 Tigers after one period of play.
In the second, it was much the same, as the Tigers continued to score at will. Joel Campbell and Sauder both scored in the period, and at the sound of the buzzer the Tigers were up 6-1.
The third period was much the same as the Tigers cemented what everyone knew was their game with Chernyk, Sauder, and Cole Turton all scoring while Eisner completed his hat trick. to make the final score 10-1 Tigers.
“It was important to bounce back from the Neepawa game,” said Manager Cory Grandfield. “The dressing room was pretty quiet after that loss.
“I thought the team moved the puck much better versus Roblin. The back-check was also much better. Our starts are something the team needs to improve upon. With only two games to go we needed to elevate our game.”
On Tuesday (Feb. 5) the SVRSS Tigers pulled up to the Swan River Centennial Arena to host the Neepawa Tigers in the first of their four game week.
The Tigers started the game off fine, striking early in the first period off the stick of Eisner. The game stood 1-0 at the intermission.
In the second, Neepawa was able to score two goals less than two minutes apart to get their first lead in the game.
The third period started with Eisner striking again just 54 seconds in to tie the game 2-2.
Unfortunately, he was unable to carry the team by himself and Neepawa would have the Tigers seemingly standing back and watching as they scored four unanswered tallies to run away with the game and the victory. The final score ended 6-2 Neepawa.
“Our third period was poor,” said Grandfield. “The passes weren’t on the tape and we just didn’t put things together. Neepawa knew this game was huge in the standings and they wanted it more.”
Coming up
Unsure at the moment who they will face in the postseason, the Tigers will be practicing all week.
“We need to cut the goals against down,” said Grandfield. “That is what made us successful last year in the playoffs. That takes a commitment from every player.” ... Currently sitting in seventh spot out of 19 teams, the Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 15-8-0-1-0. “In all, the regular season went well,” said Grandfield. ... The ice is booked at the Centennial Arena for Sunday (Feb. 17) at 5 p.m. for the Tigers to host the first game of the playoffs. “Our opponent will likely be Deloraine,” concluded Grandfield.

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Jakki Lumax
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