Saturday night, the Warriors did everything right in a 9-0 win over the Prince Albert Raiders. Sunday it was a complete reversal as nothing went their way in a 5-0 loss to the Tri-City Americans.
“It’s a lot different feeling (Sunday) than it was Saturday,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “We played about as good as you can play (Saturday) and we couldn’t even get out of each other’s way today. We were running into each other.
“We didn’t have the same passion or urgency. It looked like we thought we were going to continue, as if the score was still 9-0 and we were going to make it 10- or 11-nothing. It seemed like we were ready for a pond hockey game, instead of being ready for a very worthy opponent.”
The Warriors are now 4-4-0-1 in Western Hockey League action as they prepare to host the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday.
The Americans used a little puck luck to build a 2-0 lead after the first period, but were fully deserving of the win as they out-played their hosts.
Justin Feser opened the scoring on the Americans’ first power play of the game when Zachary Yuen’s point shot deflected and found Feser at the side of the net.
Clint Filbrandt scored his first WHL goal when Warriors defenceman Travis Brown sent his clearing attempt right up the middle and onto Filbrandt’s stick. His point shot hit two Warriors before finding the back of the net.
“We took advantage of their mistakes,” said Feser, the Americans’ captain, who scored twice. “We didn’t really sit back, but we didn’t take too many chances offensively. We waited for them to make mistakes and we capitalized on them.”
The Warriors had their chances early. Brown was stoned in close by Americans goalie Eric Comrie off of a great rush by Tanner Eberle. Comrie made a nice blocker save off of Sam Fioretti in close and Torrin White hit the post. Those two chances came in the second period when a comeback was still imaginable.
Comrie made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season
Feser fooled Daniel Wapple in the Warriors goal when he looked him off and then slid the puck between Wapple’s legs 43 seconds into the second period. That was it for Wapple who stopped eight of the 11 shots he faced.
Justin Paulic got a rude welcome to the game when Lucas Nickles scored on a clean breakaway from his own half of centre. Connor Rankin gave the Americans a 5-0 lead before the midway point of the game.
Paulic allowed two goals and faced 11 shots.
The loss snaps the Warriors’ 26-game home regular season point streak. Their last home loss in regulation came Nov. 23, 2011.