Head coach Mike Stothers felt that if they kept playing hard the Moose Jaw Warriors would start to win their share of one-goal hockey games.
Wednesday the Warriors won a one-goal game for the second time in as many nights as they knocked off the Vancouver Giants 2-1 in Western Hockey League action.
The win gives the Warriors a 2-1-0-1 record on their West Coast road trip. They are in Kelowna Friday as to continued their seven-game swing.
The Warriors had been on the wrong end of seven straight one-goal games before they used to three third period goals Tuesday to beat Victoria 4-3 in a shootout.
They carried that momentum across the Strait of Georgia and found a way to beat the Giants Wednesday.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the third period when Morgan Rielly broke the deadlock with 4:51 left. Rielly was making his WHL debut in his hometown and he buried his own rebound on a two-on-one while Justin Kirsch crashed the net.
Rielly had hit the post on a short-handed breakaway earlier in the period.
The Warriors dominated the first half of the game, but it was the Giants who scored first when Tristan Sieben caught Warriors goalie Justin Paulic off balance to score on a wrap-around on the Giants’ first shot of the game.
Kendall McFaull tied the game with 1:30 left in the first period. McFaull’s first of the season was a point shot that eluded Payton Lee in the Giants goal through the five-hole.
The Warriors out-shot the Giants 14-2 after a period and only allowed seven shots in the first 40 minutes.
The Warriors record improves to 10-11-3-4 on the season. The win moves the Warriors into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.