By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Medicine Hat has been simply horrible on the road this season, but with the playoffs fast approaching and the Tigers hungry for points, they took a big bite out of the Tri-City Americans on Friday night.
Boston Leier’s blast from the red line with 5:16 left in the game proved to be the game-winner as Medicine Hat held on to beat the Americans 6-5 before a crowd of 4,022 at Toyota Center.
“They owned our net front,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “They didn’t sneak up on us. We knew their forwards were quick. We didn’t deserve to be as close as we were. That score flatters us.”
The Americans (28-18-1-2, 59 points) failed to make up any ground on fourth-place Spokane in the Western Conference. The Chiefs (62 points) dropped a 3-0 game to Portland on Friday. The Winterhawks are at Toyota Center tonight.
The Tigers (24-23-2-1, 51 points), who won for just the eighth time on the road this season, got a goal and an assist from Elgin Pearce and two assists each from Chad Butcher and Cole Sanford.