Nick Buonassisi scored late last night lifting Brandon to a 3-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors at Westman Place in Brandon.
Moose Jaw started the game strong with a power play goal from Justin Kirsch at 9:37 of the first period. That lead would hold until 3:57 of the second when the Wheat Kings Tim McGauley scored on the power play to even the game.
In the third period the tribe went back to their power play to get the go-ahead goal, overage forward Jordan Messier scored his first with the Warriors sixty seconds into period. The lead was short lived, Brandon rookie Jayce Hawryluk tied the game at two just over five minutes later.
As the clock ticked down the Warriors pressured for another go-ahead goal but were turned away by Brandon goalie Corbin Boes. At 15:10 Buonassisi snapped a shot from the Moose Jaw right circle, goalie Justin Paulic got a piece of it with his left shoulder, however it bounced up and over Paulic and passed the goal line and turned into the eventual game winner.
Paulic made 27 saves in the loss while Boes was named the game first star by making 40 saves in the win; Moose Jaw went 2-for-5 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill; early in the second Justin Kirsch left the game with an undisclosed injury.
Moose Jaw’s record is now 7-7-2-1, their busy weekend continues Saturday when they entertain Seattle in their only meeting of the season. Last year the Thunderbirds blanked the Warriors 2-0, Calvin Pickard recorded the shutout. Moose Jaw is 4-1 against Seattle in the last five years, which includes a 2-0 record at home.
Catch all the action with James Gallo, Derek Kletzel, and Marc Smith starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm on Country 100, DiscoverMooseJaw.com, and mjwarriors.ca.
Who is the Ultimate Warrior Fan?
Saturday night is BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation night when the Warriors take on the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Fans are being encouraged to wear their Warrior colours, paint their faces, and anything else that could make them stand out in the crowd. Three people will then be selected to participate in a trivia contest during the second intermission.
The winner will receive an autographed jersey with a BMO Ultimate Fan crest, and a $50 prepaid MasterCard. They will also be entered into the grand prize draw which is a trip for two to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial cup in Saskatoon.