Corson Hopwo completed his hat trick in overtime as the Medicine Hat Tigers opened the 2020-21 Western Hockey League season with a 5-4 comeback win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.
Medicine Hat trailed 4-1 in the third period, but Hopwo struck twice and Lukas Svejkovsky added another goal at 19:19 to force extra time.
Nick McCarry also scored while Garin Bjorklund made 29 saves for the Tigers (1-0-0).
Jayden Grubbe, Ethan Rowland, Kyle Masters and Chris Douglas had the Rebels (0-0-1) up three goals 4:36 into the third before Medicine Hat stormed back.
Ethan Anders stopped 26-of-31 shots for Red Deer.
OIL KINGS 7 HURRICANES 1
EDMONTON — Dylan Guenther had two goals and two assists, Jake Neighbours and Kaid Oliver added a goal and two helpers each, and Oil Kings (1-0-0) thumped Lethbridge (0-1-0) in the first game of the season for both clubs.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published February 26, 2021.