Late rally comes up short for Warriors

Matthew Gourlie
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The Moose Jaw Warriors felt they had momentum on their side Friday, but it only took 72 seconds for the Edmonton Oil Kings to take it back.

The Warriors scored twice in a minute to get to within a goal, but lost 6-3 to the Oil Kings Friday in Western Hockey League action.

“I thought we were very good in the third and we had that feeling — that we were going to get at least a point,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.

“We made it a game. We had the momentum going. The fifth (goal) was a tough one.”

The Warriors will be in Calgary tonight and Red Deer Sunday as they conclude their Alberta road trip.

The Oil Kings lead 2-1 heading into the third period when they scored a pair of goals despite being out-shot by the Warriors.

Despite falling behind, the Warriors remained persistent. Brayden Point scored and Sam Fioretti scored 59 seconds later to cut the lead to 4-3. There was 4:15 left, but any momentum the Warriors had was quelled when Luke Bertolucci scored 1:12 later.

The Warriors earned a power play with 58 seconds left, but Cody Corbett his second goal of the game into the empty net.

Justin Paulic was sharp in the Warriors goal as they survived an early onslaught by the home side. Josh Uhrich opened the scoring for the Warriors late in the first period and they took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.

“They had 18 shots in the first period and a lot of them were early,” said Stothers. “They typically start that way. They’re a good starting club. We might have been a little apprehensive in the surroundings. It took us awhile to get going, but I thought we battled them pretty well after that.”

Mitch Moroz and Edgars Kulda replied in the second period for the Oil Kings, while Ashton Sautner scored in the third period to extend Edmonton’s lead.

The Oil Kings gave 19-year-old rookie Tyler Santos his fourth start of the season in goal and he made 26 saves.

Paulic finished with 31 shots.

Point had two points for his fourth multi-point game in the Warriors’ last six outings.

It was a feisty game as Scott Cooke fought twice — including dropping the mitts with his former Vancouver teammate Blake Orban who was making his Oil Kings debut — and Miles Warkentine fought Kulda and Warriors defenceman Dallas Valentine fought Brandon Baddock right before the game ended.

Warriors defenceman Reid Zalitach (upper body) missed his third straight game, but will take the morning skate Saturday and could return to action in Calgary.

Organizations: Edmonton Oil Kings, Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Calgary, Red Deer, Alberta Edmonton Vancouver

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