Tribe drops sixth straight 4-2 to Regina
The Moose Jaw Warriors believe their offence is overdue to breakout.
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Torrin White from the Moose Jaw Warriors looks to grab a rebound in front of Regina Pats goalie Dawson MacAuley.
They're hoping that breakout comes quickly.
The Warriors dropped their sixth straight game Saturday as they fell 4-2 to the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action. The Pats scored the game’s first four goals as the Warriors offence continued to struggle.
“I never question our work ethic. I think we always work hard. I think some guys are just snake-bit right now, said Warriors defenceman Travis Brown who extended his point streak to six games. “We had a lot of chances in the offensive zone. (Brayden) Point had some good chances, (Todd) Fiddler had some good chances, (Sam) Fioretti had some good chances. We just have to finish them.”
While the Warriors (4-6-1-2) sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings, the good news is that they’re only four points out of second place. Still, the team has played nine of its 13 games at home and have the second-fewest goals per game out of any team in the league.
“We’re on the edge of a good game, we’re just not getting the bounces we need right now obviously. I think once it comes, pucks are going to start piling in the net,” said Warriors winger Tanner Eberle.
The Warriors will play Prince Albert on the road Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
It was a slow start to the game by both teams and the Warriors penalty kill came up big in the first period. They killed off a double-minor to Jesse Forsberg and then a short five-on-three.
In the second period the Pats power play made them pay. Marc McCoy opened the scoring 3:01 into the second period and then Morgan Klimchuk and Connor Gay scored power play goals to put the Pats ahead 3-0.
“I thought we worked really hard, but we got into some penalty trouble,” said Eberle. “We killed off a lot of penalties, but they found a way to hurt us in the long run.”
Dyson Stevenson scored on a breakaway to give the Pats a 4-0 lead.
The Warriors showed some life in the third and out-shot the Pats 19-6. Brayden Point scored a power play goal midway through the period and Colton McCarthy scored his first of the year with 17 seconds left.
“We had enough shots to win the game, we just need to get hungry around the net,” said Eberle.
The Warriors don’t currently have a captain, but both Eberle and Brown believe there’s no shortage of leadership in the Warriors locker room.
“There’s definitely enough leaders on this team,” said Eberle. “There’s a lot of guys who have been in the league three or four years. It’s not like we have a lot of rookies either. It’s not about certain guys, everyone can step up and lead the team.”
“We have some great leaders in Fioretti and Eberle. Forsberg has come in and been a leader and a good presence in the room. I think things will turn around quickly,” said Brown who feels hard work is the key to digging their way out of their slump.
“We need to keep our work ethic up and eliminate mental errors. We have to keep working hard and go to the net hard. The goals are going to be dirty. They’re not going to be highlight reel goals. If we keep that mindset I think we can turn it around.”
Dawson MacAuley made 37 saves for the Pats, while Justin Paulic made 28 saves in goal for the Warriors.