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Nathan Lieuwen makes 31 saves, leads Ice to 3-1 victory over Tigers

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CRANBROOK, B.C. - Nathan Lieuwen made 31 saves as the Kootenay Ice beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 in Western Hockey League action on Sunday night.

The Ice (24-13-4) opened the scoring in the first period with Brendan Hurley firing a wrist shot that beat Tigers goalie Tyler Bunz on the glove side.

In the second period the Ice took a 2-0 lead as Sam Reinhart got his own rebound and backhanded a chip shot over Bunz's leg. Sam Reinhart has points in four straight games.

The Tigers (24-15-4) scored on a power play at 14:00 of the second as Emerson Etem got a breakaway and beat Lieuwen high on the stick side for his 34th goal of the year.

Lieuwen maintained Kootenay's lead when he stopped high-scoring Hunter Shinkaruk on a penalty shot at 7:41 of the third period.

The Ice took a 3-1 lead a few minutes late on a power play as Jesse Ismond fed Elgin Pearce near the net and scored with a shot high on the glove side.

The Tigers pulled Bunz with 2:00 left while on a power play, but failed to get another goal.

Bunz finished with 21 saves.

Bunz was replaced by Kenny Cameron for a few minutes in the midway point of the first period because of a skate problem. Cameron didn't face a shot.

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