MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Emerson Etem scored twice and added two assists as the Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-3 on Tuesday night in the Western Hockey League.
Seattle (5-10-0) jumped out to 1-0 early in the first period on Burke Gallimore's seventh goal of the year, but Medicine Hat (14-5-1) tied the game two minutes later at 3:37 on a goal from Hunter Shinkaruk.
Curtis Valk scored to put the Tigers in front 2-1 at 15:07 and Etem scored his first on the power play with 14 seconds left in the first to make it a two-goal advantage.
Shinkaruk scored at 7:32 of the second period to extend the Tigers' lead to 4-1 and Trevor Cox seemingly put the game out of reach 39 seconds into the third period when he came out of the penalty box and put a shot off the post and in for the goal.
Daniel Cotton replaced Calvin Pickard in Seattle's net after Medicine Hat's fifth goal. Pickard stopped 17 of 22 shots.
Cotton faced seven shots and stopped all of them.
Brendan Rouse pulled one back for the T-Birds six minutes into the third while on the power play before Dave Sutter cut the Tigers lead to two goals when he beat Tyler Bunz with a slap shot from the top of the right circle at 10:39 of the third.
Etem scored an empty-net goal at 18:35 of the third to ice the game for the Tigers.
Medicine Hat outshot Seattle 30-26 in the game.
Bunz made 17 saves on 22 shots.