Published on October 17, 2013
Moose Jaw Warriors forward Bryson Gore fans on a shot in close before Curtis Honey, goaltender for the Brandon Wheat Kings can reach for the rebound during Western Hockey League action on Wednesday evening at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Published on October 17, 2013
Alexy Sleptsov of the Moose Jaw Warriors tries to fight over John Quenneville and get a shot on Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender, Curtis Honey during Western Hockey League action on Wednesday evening at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Team to honour Odelein, Laplante, Helland on Saturday
Taylor Cooper is a Warrior killer.
The Brandon Wheat King forward has scored six goals this season. All of those goals are against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Cooper was up to his old habit on Wednesday evening, scoring the overtime winner at Mosaic Place. The Wheat Kings (6-5-0-0) defeated the Warriors 3-2 in Western Hockey League action.
“I guess so,” Cooper said with a laugh. “It is fun…now I have expectations to score against the Warriors, so I try and do my best.”
Bryson Gore got the Warriors (4-5-1-2) on the board early in the second period on the power play. Wheat Kings’ goaltender, Curtis Honey made the initial save, but Gore pounced on the rebound.
Cooper scored his first goal of the game to tie it up.
“It was just crashing the puck and getting pucks through and banging home the rebounds,” said Cooper of the Wheat Kings’ success beating Paulic.
Torrin White saw a streaking Jack Rodewald in the slot and made a nice pass. Rodewald didn’t miss, beating Honey high stick side to give the Warriors the lead in the second period.
Paulic made a nice toe save with mere seconds left in the middle frame on a breakaway chance by John Quenneville to keep the Warriors in the lead.
The Warriors could have sealed the win on a power play late in the third period, but Todd Fiddler missed an open net and then he later shot high on a breakaway chance.
“We are having a hard time finding the back of the net. We certainly had chances, but just couldn’t get it by him. We had the guys you would want to have those chances, but maybe the guys are pressing a little bit and squeezing the stick a little tight,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “We will just keep working on how to get pucks in the back of the net…whatever we need to do to build up that confidence and get the guys feeling good about it.”
With 16 seconds remaining in the game, Ryan Pulock would score his third of the season after the Wheat Kings pulled Honey for the extra attacker. That goal sent the game to overtime.
“Their guy cut in front of me so I couldn’t see him for a second there. I got low to block the shot and he just pulled it back and it changed angles on the shot and snapped off my glove,” explained Paulic. “Nice play by him, but with 16 seconds left, we liked to have those.
Cooper scored the winner at 1:51 in the extra frame.
“That is a puck that I have to corral and I can’t let that rebound out,” said Paulic.
“It is frustrating. When the team isn’t scoring as many goals as we would like, I need to shut the door and get a win for us.”
This is the Warriors fifth straight loss, but they have taken a point in three of those losses.
“It is always disappointing. A loss is a loss. We have some points, which is a positive, but we are giving up points to teams in our division,” said Stothers. “We sure would like to get a couple wins here and change that.”
The Warriors return to action on Saturday evening (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) when the Regina Pats visit for the Hall of Fame game. The Warriors will be honouring former players Lyle Odelein and Darryl Laplante and builder Lyle Helland in a pre-game ceremony.
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