MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Wacey Hamilton had a goal and two assists as the Medicine Hat Tigers downed the Vancouver Giants 5-1 in Western Hockey League action Sunday.
The win, before a sellout crowd of 4,006 spectators, ended the Giants' four-game winning streak over Medicine Hat. Medicine Hat hadn't defeated Vancouver since Nov. 24, 2007.
The victory also marked the second time the Tigers had defeated the Giants since falling 3-1 to the standout franchise in the 2007 Memorial Cup championship game in Vancouver.
"It was huge," said Hamilton, the Tigers captain who was a rookie during that last victory. "We have quite a rivalry with Vancouver.
"We don't play them too many times in the regular season, but just from that playoff run, we like to keep that game. It is a good measuring stick. We knew we wanted to come out with a good effort against these guys and sort of see how we stacked up.
"Definitely beating them gives us a lot of confidence for sure."
Emerson Etem, Joey Frazer, Matt MacKay and Taylor Gal also scored Tigers. Craig Cunningham replied for the Giants.
Tyler Bunz made 29 saves in goal for the Tigers (26-13-8). Derek Tendler turned away 11 of 15 shots starting in goal for the Giants (27-16-3). Mark Segal turned away 10 of 11 shots playing relief in the third.