First period sinks Warriors

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Tribe get day off then face Spokane on Friday

Since 2005-06, the result has been the same for the Moose Jaw Warriors when they head to Kennewick, Wash.

Moose Jaw Warriors

They lose.

The Warriors are now winless in five games after losing 4-1 to the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday evening.

Another slow start to the game was the difference for the Warriors as they trailed by a goal less than five minutes into the first period.

“It was something we talked about before going in after the last two starts. We wanted to change that,” Mark O’Leary told the Country 100 post game show. “From the very first shift, it may have looked like we had it under control, but you get behind the eight-ball with a quick goal against … we weren’t able to rebound.”

The Americans outshot the Warriors in the first period, as Eric Comrie was barely tested with just three shots.

Beau McCue capitalized one of the many turnovers by the Warriors late in the first period to extend their lead 2-0 heading into the intermission.

They never looked back.

“Those (turnovers) are tough to take, especially from players that you expect to do better,” stated O’Leary. “Those turnovers seem minuscule to some because they are so far away from your net, but we tried to do too much at their blue line and five or six seconds later, it is in the back of our net.”

Tri-City would score another in the second period and McCue would add his second of the game in the third period to seal the victory.

The Warriors shook off the poor first period to outshoot the Americans in the second and third period, but they couldn’t get enough momentum going to put pucks behind Comrie.

“I think even the second period, we were a completely different team. I don’t know what the reason is for that,” said O’Leary. “The first period was all them, but I thought the second period and the third period, we were the better team.”

Tanner Eberle scored his 12th of the season on the power play to break up the Comrie shutout midway through the third period.  Dallas Valentine and Miles Warkentine added the assists.

Some of the Warriors best players were they younger athletes, O’Leary thought.

“Josh (Uhrich) was physical and I thought (Colton) McCarthy was really good in taking the puck to the net on a couple of occasion,” he said. “(Tyler) Brown on the backend … I thought this might have been one of his better games.”

The Warriors will play their fourth game in five days on Friday when they travel to Spokane to take on the Chiefs. The Chiefs sit third in the U.S. Division behind the Portland Winterhawks and the Seattle Thunderbirds.

“I think any time you are on a long stretch like this on the road, the travel to and from the cities and in hotels at different hours … that wears on guys, especially the guys that are playing a lot of minutes,” said O’Leary. “I think Thursday is a good day to get into one spot and settle down and hopefully we will be ready Friday night.”

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