Medicine Hat scored three goals in the third period in a 5-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night, dropping the tribe’s record to 7-8-3-3.
The Tigers came out of the gates hard and put a lot of pressure on the tribe, Hunter Shinkaruk hit two posts in the first three minutes of the game. Momentum swung in the Warriors favour while they were on the penalty kill; while battling along the Tigers boards Jordan Wyton worked the puck loose to Tanner Eberle who drove the net then swung the puck to Travis Brown on the left side, he snapped it into the twine for his third of the year at 3:23.
The teams continued to battle in the first, the Warriors used smart positioning in the Tiger zone to create turnovers and more time in the offensive zone, while Medicine Hat used their speed to ignite their transition game. Medicine Hat utilized their power play to even the game at one, at 9:34 Kyle Becker’s slap shot from the blue line didn’t leave the ice, Warriors goalie Daniel Wapple didn’t see it as there was plenty of traffic in his way.
Both teams didn’t let off the gas pedal in the second period, the Warriors strong fore-check continued while the Tigers were just as quick when breaking on the attack. Moose Jaw leading scorer Sam Fioretti broke the tie at 16:03 when he pressured the Tigers on a break out; Fioretti had an abbreviated breakaway and beat Cam Lanigan.
Just over two minutes later Medicine Hat’s Boston Leier snuck around the Warrior defence, Wapple made the initial save but Leier tucked in the rebound to even the game at two after two.
Moose Jaw battled for the go-ahead goal in the third but the speed of the Tigers resulted in opportunities their way that they were able to finish. At 3:36 Hunter Shinkaruk gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead; Elgin Pearce scored on an odd man rush to make it a two goal lead; with 26 seconds left in the game Curtis Valk scored into an empty Warrior net to finish off the net
The loss was the tribes seventh straight; they’ll try to rebound Saturday night when they take on the Kootenay Ice for the first time this season. Join James Gallo for all the action beginning with the PreGame Show at 7:40pm on Country 100, DiscoverMooseJaw.com, and mjwarriors.ca.
Monday the tribe will return home to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 2pm, at Mosaic Place. For information on special group rates for this game, contact the Warriors office. After this game fans will be able to skate with the Warriors, children under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet.