They must be Tigers

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Derek Dorsett has a great sense of timing.

The Tigers agitator is the most hated player in Vancouver at the moment and probably will be despised long after his junior career comes to an end.

Last night Dorsett stuck the blade in a little deeper, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants.

The win earned the Tigers top spot in the round robin and a berth into the Memorial Cup final on Sunday.

The Giants meanwhile have to play in the semifinal tomorrow. The Lewiston Maineiacs and Plymouth Whalers face off today in the tiebreaker game to determine the other half of the semifinal.

In the second period, Dorsett got to a loose puck in front of the net, spun and shoveled it past Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith.

The power-play marker came moments after a Giants fan was shown on the jumbo screen holding up a sign with a derogatory message aimed at Dorsett's mom.

DON'T MESS WITH MOM

You should never mess with a guy's mother and Dorsett got the last laugh.

The Tigers got the power play when Lance Bouma bumped defenceman Kris Russell into the end boards on an icing call.

In major junior hockey it's no-touch icing and Bouma was given a roughing minor. The call incensed Giants forward J.D. Watt who had been bumped into the end boards after the play earlier in the period. Both Watt and Russell theatrically went into the boards like they'd been shot out of a cannon.

Minutes after Dorsett's goal, the person who runs the horn prematurely set it off making everyone in attendance believe the Giants had scored - players included.

Replays clearly showed the puck wasn't even close to crossing the line and was simply hidden under goaltender Matt Keetley's pad.

Heading into the game, the rivals had faced each other nine times this year - twice in the regular season and seven epic battles in the WHL final. The Tigers had the upper hand in the series by virtue of a double-overtime goal in Game 7.

There's good reason to believe if the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Vancouver Giants played 100 times this season they'd each win 50 games.

Last night they picked up right where they had left off.

And unlike the snoozefest the night before between Plymouth and Lewiston, both were actually trying to score.

FRANTIC PACE

Yet despite the frantic pace of the first period, the two teams went into the intermission scoreless. That was mainly due to the play of Sexsmith and Keetley.

The Tigers goaltender finished the game with 29 saves. Sexsmith had 20.

The pace was just as frantic in the second, and had it not been for Keetley, the Giants would have taken the lead. The Calgary Flames draft pick was especially sharp during a Giants two-man advantage midway through the period.

In the third, the Tigers shut it down defensively limiting the Giants chances.

Last night's win was only the second time this season the Tigers had beaten the Giants at the Pacific Coliseum. They lost two of three games during the WHL final and both regular-season games were played in Medicine Hat.


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