After a shutout loss to the Tri-City Americans on Sunday evening, the Moose Jaw Warriors looked like they had something to prove.
The Warriors came out gunning and aggressive in the opening frame against the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday evening at Mosaic Place in Western Hockey League action. The Warriors had a slow middle frame, but bounced back and cruised to a 5-2 victory.
The roles reversed in the second period as the Silvertips came out physical that saw Landon Oslanski score just 44 seconds into the frame. The Silvertips would add a power play goal from Ryan Murray to give them the two-goal lead.
"Just like the other night, we had a sluggish second period and it cost us. Here we are behind the eight-ball again, down two goals, but there is still lots of hockey to play," said Mike Stothers, head coach for the Warriors.
It wasn't until the Warriors got a lucky bounce at 16:45 of the second frame that saw the home team retake control of the play. Morgan Rielly was awarded his third goal of the season when the puck deflected off a Silvertips defender's stick. After that goal, the Warriors seemed to regain their speed and Jordan Wyton would tie the game on a goal that was reviewed after the puck bounced off him and behind Silvertips goaltender, Daniel Cotton.
"It was an unusual goal, but we preached that we wanted guys throwing pucks at the net from anywhere and when you are behind, it is even more beneficial," said Stothers of the Rielly goal. "Sometimes you get a lucky bounce, a crazy bounce."
Torrin White would score the eventual game winner on the power play, stuffing in a rebound from a Joel Edmundson point shot. Rookie Brayden Point added an insurance goal from Rielly midway through the third period.
“I’ve had a bit of a slow start to the season, so I thought switch things up and try a new routine before and it guess it paid off,” explained White. “We know we can put the puck in the net, and that’s exactly what we did.”
White padded the Warriors lead when he got his second of the night on the man advantage. White finished with four points on the evening.
"Too many penalties. We had a strong start, just took too many penalties…we have to be more disciplined," stated Everett's Ryan Murray. "We killed our momentum by taking penalties. It doesn't matter if we think they are good or bad calls, we can't put ourselves in that kind of position."
Justin Paulic earned his third win on the season; stopping 21 saves on 23 shots. Cotton took the loss; making 28 saves on 33 shots. The Warriors went 3-for-7 on the man advantage and Everett finished 1-for-4.
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