The Moose Jaw Warriors’ best road effort of the season still wasn’t enough to earn them a point.
The Warriors peppered Brandon’s Corbin Boes with 42 shots, but lost 3-2 to the Wheat Kings Friday night. The Warriors will return home Saturday to face Seattle (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) before hosting the Calgary Hitmen (6 p.m., Mosaic Place) Sunday.
“That was the hardest we’ve competed in a road game all season — start to finish. Every single guy battled hard,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “We were very, very good.”
The Warriors are now 7-7-2-1 on the season and a poor 1-6-1-0 on the road, but Stothers feels that more performances like they had on Friday will go a long way to fixing their road record.
“I thought for the effort and the sacrifice every guy made, it would be nice to get rewarded with at least a point,” said Stothers. “I liked that the guys played hard for each other. We did a lot of good things.
“If we continue to work that hard and continue to execute and pay attention to detail we’re going to win more games. Hopefully this is a good learning lesson for us here.”
Brandon’s Nick Buonassisi scored with 4:50 left in the third period to put the hosts ahead for good.
Jordan Messier scored his first goal as a Warrior one minute into the third period, to put them ahead 2-1. Messier made his return to the line-up after missing five games with a nagging lower body injury. Jayce Hawryluk tied the game for the Wheat Kings midway through the third period.
Justin Kirsch opened the scoring with a power play goal midway through the first period for the Warriors. So far, 10 of the Warriors 14 road goals have come on the power play.
Tim McGauley scored a power play goal for the Wheat Kings to tie the game in the second period.
The game featured four fights and Warriors rookie defenceman Spencer Morse and Brandon’s Ryley Miller were both ejected in the second period after their fight was deemed to be staged.
Corbin Boes made 40 saves for the Wheat Kings. Justin Paulic stopped 27 shots for the Warriors.
The Warriors were without captain Kendall McFaull who didn’t make the trip east after picking up the flu. Stothers was hopeful he would be healthy enough to play tongiht.
The Tribe was also missing defenceman Reid Jackson and winger Miles Warkentine (both upper body) due to injury.