Warriors overcome slow start in 3-2 win

Matthew Gourlie
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Ty Rimmer, goaltender of the Lethbridge Hurricanes makes a save before Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors can pounce on the rebound during Western Hockey League action on Wednesday evening at Mosaic Place.

It took the Moose Jaw Warriors 20 minutes to go on the attack.

Once they did they were lethal.

The Warriors scored three goals in 7:20 in the second period and that was all the offence they would need in a 3-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.

“We were slow starting, but I thought as the game went on we got better and better,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.

“We got pucks deeper and were able to get in on them quicker. In the first period we were guilty of hanging back and waiting for their stretch passes. We’re better when we’re pursuing. We’re not a team that’s comfortable sitting back.”

The win lifts the Warriors record to 6-5-1-1 and snapped the Hurricanes’ four-game point streak. The Warriors travel to Prince Albert for a pair of games Friday and Saturday before returning home to face Medicine Hat Sunday night.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring when Sam McKechnie batted a shot past Warriors goalie Justin Paulic.

“That’s an area of our game we’re trying to improve,” Warriors defenceman Morgan Rielly said of the slow start. “We had too many turnovers there at our blue.

“We’re not overly happy with how we started, but we’re happy with how we came back.”

They didn’t waste any time getting back into the game.

Justin Kirsch got the Warriors on the board 2:03 into the second period. Torrin White made a head’s up play to fire a no-look, backhanded pass to the front of the net that Kirsch tipped past a surprised Ty Rimmer in the Hurricanes goal.

Tanner Eberle put the Warriors ahead when he scored on a great individual effort. He beat Canes defenceman Macoy Erkamps off of the rush and then beat Rimmer high to the short side.

Later in the middle frame, Warriors defenceman Travis Brown forced a turnover with a big open ice hit on Jaimen Yakubowski. While Spencer Galbraith from the Canes tried coax Brown to fight, Morgan Rielly went the other way on the rush and roofed his backhand shot that popped the water bottle off of Rimmer’s net.

Lethbridge GM/head coach Rich Preston wasn’t impressed by his team’s performance beyond the play of his netminder.

“We weren’t very good. We had a good road first period and that was it,” said Lethbridge GM/head coach Rich Preston.

“Our goalie was great. He gave us a chance to win.”

Rimmer made 32 saves in goal for the Hurricanes.

Jay Merkley scored on a breakaway with 3:01 left in the game to get the Canes back to within a goal.

Paulic finished with 30 saves for the Warriors.

Organizations: Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Medicine Hat

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