Hitmen gun down Warriors 7-3

Matthew Gourlie
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It was an ugly night in the Saddledome for the Moose Jaw Warriors.

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The Calgary Hitmen scored the first five goals of the game as they cruised to a 7-3 win and handed the Warriors their second loss in as many nights on their Alberta road trip.

The Warriors will conclude their trip when they play in Red Deer Sunday.

The teams combined for 191 minutes in penalties in a game that featured a match penalty and six game misconducts.

Alex Roach scored 1:56 into the game for the Hitmen to get them off to a fast start.

Greg Chase scored twice and added a pair of assists for Calgary who also got two goals from Jake Virtanen.

In the first period Calgary's Joe Mahon got a match penalty for head-butting in a fight with Scott Cooke. The Warriors weren't able to capitalize on the five-minute power play while trailing 1-0.

Midway through the third period a line brawl involving the Warriors top line — including Brayden Point and Jack Rodewald who is still wearing a full face shield after missing 13 games with a broken jaw — erupted. Moose Jaw's Tanner Eberle was ejected for being the third-man in. Point and Rodewald were also ejected as were Virtanen, Linden Penner and Pavel Padakin from Calgary.

Brody Willms came into the Warriors goal to make his WHL debut after Virtanen put the Hitmen ahead 6-1. Willms stopped four of the five shots he faced in more than 13 minutes and the 15-year-old call-up picked up an assist. WIllms is acting as the Warriors back-up goalie while Zach Sawchenko competes at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Scott Cooke and Bryson Gore scored for the Warriors in the third period to halve the Calgary lead to 6-3 before Brody Brassart scored for the Hitmen.

Torrin White scored the Wariors first goal and had a two-point night.

Travis Sanheim had the other Hitmen goal.

Reid Zalitach returned to the lineup for the Warriors after missing three games with an upper-body injury and had an assist on a late power play goal.

Justin Paulic stopped 28 shots before being pulled.

Mack Shields made 28 saves for the Hitmen.

Geographic location: Calgary, Alberta, Moose Jaw

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