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Medicine Hat tops Kootenay Ice 5-2; takes series lead 3-2

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CRANBROOK, B.C. - Medicine Hat goalie Tyler Bunz made 31 saves including 17 in the second period to earn a 5-2 Tigers win over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League playoff action on Friday night.

Matthew Konan, Jace Coyle, Kale Kessy, Linden Vey and Bretton Cameron provided the offence for Medicine Hat.

Kevin King and Dominik Pacovsky tallied for Kootenay. Todd Mathews started in net for the Ice, making 11 saves on 14 shots. He was replaced by Nathan Lieuwen to start the second period Lieuwen stopped 7 of 9 shots.

The Tigers now lead the series 3-2 and will host Game 6 on Sunday night.

Kootenay opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break created by Steele Boomer who chipped the puck to King who scored on a wrist shot high on the stick side.

The Tigers tied the game when Konan pounced on a rebound from Cameron's shot.

Medicine Hat took a 2-1 lead on a long slap shot from the blue-line from Jayce Coyle.

Kessy capitalized on a line change by the Ice, scoring on the ensuing 2-on-1 breakaway.

Kootenay scored on the power play to get within a goal as Pacovsky took the puck from the blue-line and skated to the middle slot and scored with a wrist shot low on the glove side.

The Ice had two goals disallowed in the second period.

It was ruled Boomer kicked the puck while in the crease and Jesse Ismond's slap shot was ruled offside.

Vey added insurance in the third period on a 2-on-1 break and stuffed the puck through the goalies' legs.

Cameron scored into an empty net from his own blue-line.

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