Warriors Fall 4-1 in Lethbridge Sunday

Jan 06, 2013 - 16:12 CST

Lethbridge scored two in the first and two in the third and went on to hand the Moose Jaw Warriors a 4-1 loss Sunday night.

After getting off to a slow start, Hurricanes rookie Reid Duke was at the right place at the right time for the game’s first goal.  Joel Topping’s point shot went wide of the Moose Jaw net, it bounced off the back boards then landed on Duke’s stick, he beat Justin Paulic at 9:42.

Late in the first period Moose Jaw got into penalty problems, they took a minor for too many men then were issued a bench minor for arguing with the official.  Lethbridge capitalized on the break, Jaimen Yakubowski scored on the two man advantage to make it 2-0 after one.

Moose Jaw had a solid second period, outshooting the Hurricanes 14-10.  Josh Uhrich, Carter Hansen, and Jordan Messier all had notable opportunities to get the tribe on the board; however, rookie goalie Christopher Tai turned them away keeping the Hurricanes two goal lead after two.

The tribe finally got on the board early in the third period while on the power play.  Brayden Point won the faceoff to the top of the zone for Justin Kirsch, his point shot was deflected by Messier to Point who scored his ninth to give Moose Jaw momentum.

Unfortunately the wind was knocked out of the Warriors sailed 42 seconds later when Duke scored his second of the game to give Lethbridge a two goal lead again.  Yakubowski would score his second of the game later in the frame, Tai made 40 saves, leading the Hurricanes to the win.

Moose Jaw outshot Lethbridge 17-9 in third and 41-31 overall; they were 1-for-5 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill.  The Warriors went winless in three games on the weekend in Alberta, their record falls to 14-21-3-4, they’ll take Monday off to recharge the batteries then get ready to host Calgary Wednesday at Mosaic Place.