Two in a row for Warriors

Katie Brickman
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Tribe haven’t won consecutive games since Oct. 9

The Moose Jaw Warriors are headed into the Christmas break on a high note.

Prince Albert Raiders forward Jayden Hart tries to get a shot off against Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Zachary Sawchenko during second period action at the Art Hauser Centre on Tuesday evening. Hart was denied on the attempt in what proved to be a 4-3 Warriors victory. In the background, Warriors defenceman Travis Brown, Raiders forward Dakota Conroy and Warriors forward Brayden Point battle for position. Prince Albert Daily Herald photo by Perry Bergson

By Katie Brickman

The team that has played so inconsistent throughout the first half of the season are now on a two-game winning streak.

“It felt good the other night and to follow it up with a road victory and a two-game winning streak going into the break, certainly gives us something to feel good about,” said Mike Stothers, head coach of the Warriors.

Bryson Gore scored two goals, pacing the Warriors (10-23-3-3) to a 4-3 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders (17-16-2-0) at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert.

“Gore had himself a real good night and it was nice to see,” said Stothers. “He has been pressing a little bit to find the back of the net.”

It wasn’t the best start for the Warriors, as Carson Perreax potted in the rebound just 45 seconds into the game.

However, the Warriors battled back from the deficit when Brayden Point scored in his second straight game and keeps his point steak going to four games.

Miles Warkentine netted his second of the year late in the first to give the Warriors a lead after the opening period.

Gore added his two goals in the third period, including an empty net goal. The Raiders pulled goaltender Cole Cheveldave and came within one late in the third on a goal from Dylan Busenius.

“Moose Jaw has a lot of confidence against us,” Raiders’ coach Cory Clouston told the Prince Albert Daily Herald. “We had enough opportunities to win the game, that’s the bottom line. We had the opportunities to win, but we still didn’t.”

Clouston also mentioned his depleted roster, as the Raiders are missing Leon Draisaitl, Mike Winther and Josh Morrissey.

“They’ve got good players and when you take three of our better players out, it pretty much equalizes both clubs,” stated Clouston. “You take two world class players like Draisaitl and Morrissey and then Winther out, you’re left with pretty much even rosters.”

Rookie goaltender Zach Sawchenko was solid for his fifth win of the season. He made 29 saves against the Raiders.  

“Sawies (Sawchenko) had played here before and played very well,” said Stothers. “He looked very comfortable and confident. He was out challenging the shooters. He had real good control of his rebounds. It was a good performance.”

This is the first time the Warriors have put together back-to-back wins since Oct. 9.  The Warriors will now have eight days off before they return to the ice on Boxing Day for practice. They return to hockey action on Dec. 27 on the road in Swift Current against the Broncos.

However, the team won’t be thinking that far ahead right now.

“We are just going to enjoy the mood. The guys are in high spirits and I think that is most important — just enjoy the fact that we had some success and know how good it feels,” said Stothers.

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