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Tigers stay alive with 5-4 win over Hitmen; Calgary still leads series 3-2 @NHLdotcom

CALGARY - Matt MacKay had a pair of goals and an assist as the Medicine Hat Tigers avoided elimination from the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 5-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night.

Thomas Carr had the winner and set up another for the Tigers, who still trail 3-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Hitmen. Wacey Hamilton and Bretton Cameron also scored, while Kale Kessy chipped in with two assists

Matt MacKenzie, Tyler Shattock, Cody Sylvester and Giffen Nyren tallied for the Hitmen, who built up a 3-1 lead after the first period before the Tigers rallied for the victory. Kris Foucault had a pair of helpers.

Goalie Tyler Bunz stopped 35 for Medicine Hat, who will host Game 6 of the series on Sunday to try and force a seventh and deciding game in Calgary on Tuesday. Martin Jones made 24 saves for the Hitmen

The Hitmen went 1-for-8 on the man advantage, while the Tigers were 1-for-5 on the power play.

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