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Medicine Hat Tigers take 2-1 series lead with 3-2 OT win over Giants

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VANCOUVER (CP) - Trevor Glass scored 32 seconds into overtime to help the Medicine Hat Tigers regain home-ice advantage with a 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Giants Tuesday, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven WHL final.

Chris Stevens drew two Giants players towards him, circled, and fed Glass as he crossed the blue-line. The Tigers defenceman then blasted the puck through a screen for his second goal of the playoffs. He scored only once in the regular season.

Michael Sauer and Stevens had the other goals for the Tigers.

Cody Franson and James Wright scored for Vancouver.

Matt Keetley made 21 saves in the win, while Tyson Sexsmith stopped 18 shots in a losing effort.

Game Four is Wednesday in Vancouver.

Special teams were the story of the game. While the Tigers were 2-for-4 with the man advantage, they were able to keep Vancouver off the scoresheet during six power-play opportunities.

After the first two games of the series included a lot of chippy play and scrums, Game 3 was a bit more tame.

The Tigers opened the scoring on an early power play. Gord Baldwin unleashed a hard point shot that Michael Sauer deflected around Sexsmith at 2:45.

The Tigers got some insurance in the third period. Kris Russel chipped the puck ahead to Stevens, who was tripped and knocked Sexsmith and the puck into the net.

But the Giants weren't done. Matt Czibere found Franson at the point, and the Nashville Predators draft pick blasted the puck past Keetley at 6:49.

Then Wright was able to backhand the puck past Keetley at 16:17 to tie the game.

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