Warriors earn a point in 4-3 OT loss to Lethbridge

Matthew Gourlie
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Moose Jaw Warriors

The Moose Jaw Warriors picked up their first point on the road this season, but they’re still searching for their first win away from home.

The Warriors lost 4-3 in overtime to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday. The Hurricanes will be in Moose Jaw Wednesday to meet the Warriors. The Warriors’ record drops to 5-5-1-1 in Western Hockey League action.

“Obviously we would have liked to have two (points), but looking at the bigger picture I was happier with the way we played and I will take that as a step in the right direction,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.

Despite having a quick turnaround after Friday’s 5-1 loss in Edmonton, Stothers felt his team put in a much better performance.

“We played much better,” said Stothers. “I thought we competed better. We played harder. We did some things well. It was a marked improvement from (Friday).”

Warriors captain Kendall McFaull took a tripping penalty in overtime. The Warriors killed off the two minutes, but Canes left winger Jaimen Yakubowski scored four seconds after McFaull’s penalty expired to give the Hurricanes the win.

The Warriors took a one-goal lead on three separate occasions, but failed to expand their lead or hold on to it.

Tanner Eberle scored his first goal of the season in the first period to put the Warriors ahead. Sam Fioretti and Justin Kirsch both scored on the power play as well.

Travis Brown had three assists for the Warriors.

Sam Mckechnie and Spencer Galbraith scored for Lethbridge, while Jamal Watson forced overtime when he scored with 7:55 left in the third period.

The Warriors took 45 shots on Ty Rimmer in regulation, but didn’t managed a shot in overtime.

Justin Paulic made 35 saves in goal for the Warriors.

Jordan Messier was out of the Warriors line-up after aggravating a lower-body injury he has had since we came over from Tri-City.

Organizations: Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, Edmonton Tri-City

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