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Tigers complete regular season play on a high


The SVRSS Tigers’ hockey team had a busy week, hosting a single game while taking a southern road trip over the weekend to complete a three game week.
Tigers 5, Killarney 6
Heading to Killarney to battle the unbeaten Killarney/Wawanessa Raiders was never going to be easy for the Tigers. However, no one told them to roll over for the dominant Raiders either as the Tigers turned in an impressive performance, coming close to handing the hosts their first loss of the season on Saturday (Feb. 15).
The Tigers gave the hosts everything they could handle, at one point tying the game at 5-5 in the third period before the Raiders secured the win.
Cole Turton and Jordan Gray scored in the opening 20 minutes, but the Tigers found themselves trailing by a 4-2 margin.
“We started the game well and opened the scoring on an excellent passing play, said Tigers’ manager Cory Grandfield. “Killarney struck back with four and that changed the momentum.
“We never folded the tent and added one before the period ended.” 
The Tigers managed to cut the lead to 5-4 after two periods of play thanks in part to goals off the sticks of Gray and Trey Sauder. Netminder Kristen Moshenko held the Raiders at bay for the final two periods, giving the Tigers a chance to steal a victory.
However, after Cody Eisner tied the game with 12:39 to play, the Raiders were able to fight back, scoring the game winner with 7:21 to play.
“I thought we played very well in the second and actually won the period,” said Grandfield. “In the third we tied it up and they took a timeout, which is a sure sign we had them rattled and in need of regrouping.
“Unfortunately, they were able to retake the lead. We battled them to the end but just couldn’t find the net. We played the game with 11 skaters and stayed with the best team in the league for three periods.”
Tigers 5, GCB 3
Heading south on Friday afternoon to face the Glenboro-Carberry-Baldur (GCB) Wildcats, the Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the mid point of the contest and coasted to the 5-3 victory.
“This game was a chance to maintain our position and maybe move up a playoff position” said Grandfield.
Zach Boychuk and Sauder scored first period goals while Gray pumped home a pair in the middle period to help give the Tigers a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission.
“It was great to open up the scoring with a couple goals in the first,” said Grandfield. “Slow starts have been a struggle for us and that is something we have improved upon lately.”
After the Wildcats cut the lead to 4-3 half way through the third period, the Tigers tightened up defensively to secure the win.
“In the third we just stuck to the plan and played every shift hard,” Grandfield said, noting it was a small ice surface where there is less space to move the puck.
“When the final buzzer sounded we had pulled off the win and potentially a better seed in the playoffs.”
Eisner, who finished the night with four points, added a last minute goal to salt the game away. Boychuk and Sauder each finished with three points apiece.
Logan Frank held GCB at bay in net to help lift the Tigers to the win.
Chancellors 2, Tigers 8
To kick off their week, the Tigers hosted the Minnedosa-Erickson Chancellors at the Swan River Centennial Arena on Wednesday (Feb. 13).
The Tigers carried the play from start to finish in this contest en route to the easy victory.
Eisner, with a pair and Carnell Grandfield staked the Tigers to a 3-1 first period lead and then coasted to the win.
“We had a good start to the game,” said Grandfield. “We scored early and took a lead into the room.
“I expected the game to be physical and it certainly was. We played Minnedosa four times last year so it doesn’t take much to get things stirred up,” said Grandfield.
Gray and Turton added second period goals to up the hosts lead to 5-1 after two periods of play.
The third period was again owned by the Tigers as they out-scored the Chancellors by a 3-1 margin.
Eisner, with another pair, and Sauder finished the scoring for the hosts. Sauder also added five assists for a six point game while Eisner had one assist to finish with a five point night.
“The line of Eisner, Gray (who had three assists for a four point night), and Sauder was very good again,” said Grandfield.
“When they pass the puck around like they did tonight, the opposing goalie isn’t going to stop it. Our rookie line of (Kyle) Graham, (Kash) Henkelman, and (Wyatt) Rose had a number of good shifts that lead to many chances as well.”
Moshenko earned the win in net for the Tigers.
Up Next
The Tigers will open the playoffs this Wednesday (Feb. 19) as they host the GCB Wildcats at 7:45 p.m. at the Swan River Centennial Arena.