Warriors fall in shootout

Katie Brickman
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Tribe drop fourth straight game

It was another heartbreaking finish for the Moose Jaw Warriors.

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In back-to-back games, the Warriors lost in a shootout.

“Shootouts are a karma,” Mike Vandenberghe, Warriors assistant coach told Country 100 on the post game show. “We just got to score. We have our big guys shooting and we are hoping for them to put it home sooner or later.”

Warriors captain, Sam Fioretti failed to extend the shootout in the third round and the Seattle Thunderbirds held on for the 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

“Seattle is a big team with some big players and they want to physical against our smaller team,” said Vandenberghe.

It wasn’t the kind of start the Moose Jaw Warriors wanted or needed.

The Warriors failed to get the puck out of their own zone, resulting in a Thunderbirds goal just 33 seconds into the game.

Ethan Bear scored a couple minutes later on the power play in the first period for Seattle.

Brayden Point got the Warriors’ first goal late in the opening period. Point has scored or assisted on 12 of the team’s last 13 goals.

“I thought Brayden played well and did some good things,” said Vandenberghe. “Obviously when he got the opportunity, he made the best of it.”

It was a penalty-filled second period as 70 minutes were dolled out to both teams including Warriors defenceman Spenser Jensen receiving a game misconduct after fighting. Other defencemen, including Dallas Valentine, Alexey Sleptov, Jesse Forsberg and Tyler Brown had to pick up extra minutes.

“I thought they all played well and stepped it up,” he said. “We took some penalties that were concerning, but the guys did well and stepped up on the penalty kill.”

The Warriors struggled to gain momentum in the second frame, as they didn’t register a shot on goal until the 14-minute mark. That shot came from Bryson Gore on a breakaway short-handed, but he was turned away from Thunderbirds goaltender, Taran Kozun.

The Warriors had chances in the third period, but it wasn’t until their eighth power play of the game and with goaltender Justin Paulic pulled for the 6-on-4 advantage that Point could capitalize with seven seconds left in the game to force overtime.

The Warriors will play the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday night.

“I think it is a game where we can play and compete well with them,” said Vandenberghe. “If we get the win there, we are where we want to be on this road trip. We are going to have to bring everything we have.”

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