Late goal sinks Warriors in Kelowna

Matthew Gourlie
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Moose Jaw Warriors

The Moose Jaw Warriors have strung together some quality performances on the road.

After winning two straight games, the Warriors were unable to pick up a point in a 3-2 loss to the Kelowna Rockets Friday.

Swedish rookie Henrik Nyberg broke in alone with 2:15 remaining and scored to put the Rockets in front for good and deny the Warriors at least a point. The Rockets have now won 10 straight games at home and 10 of their last 12 overall.

The Warriors are now 10-12-3-4 in Western Hockey League action. They will continue their road trip Saturday with a trip to face the league-leading Kamloops Blazers.

Moose Jaw goalie Daniel Wapple stood tall in the first period to keep the Warriors in the game. The Warriors only trailed 1-0 despite being out-shot 17-2 after 20 minutes.

Wapple finished with 31 saves and was named the game’s first star.

Ryan Olsen opened the scoring for the Rockets 3:14 into the game on the power play. Damon Severson doubled the Rockets’ lead in the second period, but the Warriors battled back to to tie the game.

Sam Fioretti scored his 17th of the season in the second period, before Braiden Doucette tied the game early in the third period with his first career WHL goal.

Zach Franko assisted on all three Rockets goals.

Jordon Cooke only had to make 18 saves to earn the win for the Rockets.

The Warriors were 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Rockets were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Rockets 3

Geographic location: Kelowna

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