CRANBROOK, B.C. - Scott McKay scored twice as the Medicine Hat Tigers beat the slumping Kootenay Ice 6-4 in Western Hockey League action Friday.
The Ice have now lost four straight games and missed a chance to move into a tie with the Edmonton Oil Kings for first place in the Central Division.
Hunter Shinkaruk, Reid Petryk, Trevor Cox and James Bettauer also scored for Medicine Hat (18-11-4).
Elgin Pearce, Brendan Hurley, Joey Leach and Dylen McKinlay replied for Kootenay (19-9-3).
The Tigers opened the scoring on a short-handed breakaway by Shinkaruk, who scored his 27th goal of the year. He moved into a tie for third in goals with Brandon's Mark Stone.
On the same power play, the Ice tied the game on a slap shot from Pearce.
Petryk gave Medicine Hat a 2-1 lead after one period.
Early in the second period the Tigers took a 3-1 lead as they created a turnover at the blue-line and Cox scored with a wrist shot high on the stick side.
The Tigers increased the lead to 4-1 on a power-play goal from Bettauer.
Kootenay changed goalies as Mackenzie Skapski replaced Nathan Lieuwen.
MacKay gave Skapski a rough greeting as his first of the game put the Tigers up 5-1.
Hurley started a Kootenay comeback with a goal just 49 seconds later.
Leach scored on a power play eight minutes into the third to make it 5-3, and then McKinlay scored with Skapski on the bench to pull Kootenay with 5-4 late in the third.
McKay's second of the game into an empty net sealed the win for Medicine Hat.
Tyler Bunz made 21 saves for the Tigers.
Lieuwen allowed four goals on 13 shots for Kootenay. Skapski stopped 13 of 15 shots in relief.