Mark McNeill scored late in the third period as the Prince Albert Raiders handed the Warriors a tight 3-2 loss Wednesday at Mosaic Place.
In the first period the Warriors were the aggressors as they outshot the Raiders 10-6, but they weren’t able to put the puck past the goal line.
The Raiders outshot the tribe 14-6 in the second, at 11:47 Chance Braid beat Moose Jaw goalie Justin Paulic with a backhand to open the scoring. At 16:11 Sawyer Lange stepped into a shot that found the twine to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
Moose Jaw’s fourth line of Josh Uhrich, Brandon Potomak, and Brett Brooks hemmed the Raiders inside their zone late in the second; the trio was able to force Prince Albert into a penalty which turned out to be a key moment. On the man advantage and in the final minute of the second Brayden Point danced off the wall and into the high slot, he dished the puck to the left goal line where Sam Fioretti scored his team leading 16th to put the Warriors on the board.
In the third period the Warriors stormed out of the gates, Braiden Doucette held the puck inside the Raider blue line, his shot from the point was deflected by Tanner Eberle, Jordan Messier than banged away at the rebound scoring his third of the season tying the game at two.
As the clock ticked down both teams had their chances for the go-ahead goal, the best chance for the Warriors came on a Justin Kirsch breakaway but he was unfortunately stopped. At 15:57 Prince Albert’s Dakota Conroy put a shot off of the chest of Paulic; the rebound came right to McNeill who scored the eventual game winner.
Moose Jaw’s record drops to 8-10-3-3 on the year, Thursday they’ll load the bus early in the morning and head to Alberta where they’ll start a seven game in 14 day road trip Friday with their second meeting of the season against the Oil Kings.