Sawchenko battles through cut to abdomen to record win
The Moose Jaw Warriors were persistent Friday night.
Moose Jaw Warriors
Twice they surrendered hard-fought leads, but they persevered for a 4-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
"It was entertaining," said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers who said the game was sloppy at times. "It was one of those games where you never really knew if the lead was going to be held on to or if it was going to be enough. We'll just take it as a win and move on."
The Warriors record improves to 15-33-3-5 on the season. They will travel to Medicine Hat Saturday night before hosting the Victoria Royals Monday afternoon (2 p.m., Mosaic Place).
The Warriors had taken 12 of the game's first 14 shots when Bryson Gore finally gave them a well-deserved 1-0 lead.
"We weren't spending time in our end which is great for us," Stothers said of their good start. "I thought we had great chances and for whatever reason they didn't go in the back of the net. Though it is good when you are getting those chances."
Though the Warriors were having the better of the play, the home side tied the game before the end of the period.
Reid Duke scored a power play goal for the Hurricanes 10 seconds after Tyler Brown picked up an instigator penalty following a fight with Carter Folk.
Jack Rodewald restored the Warriors lead 15 seconds into the second period, but the Canes tied the game 30 seconds later thanks to Riley Sheen's 16th goal of the season.
"We started the period with 10 seconds left of power play time. Jack scores 15 seconds into it, then they drop the puck and 30 seconds later it's in the back of your net. We could have used it as a crutch or wilted, but we just went back to playing. We stayed with it and ultimately we got the win and that's all that matters."
Ben Duperreault restored the Warriors lead with six minutes left in the second period.
Torrin White scored into an empty net for the Warriors. Rodewald and White each had two points and Brayden Point had a pair of assists.
Former Warrior Tyler Bell was called for goaltender interference on Moose Jaw tender Zach Sawchenko late in the second period. Bell's skate cut Sawchenko near his rib cage. The 16-year-old goalie left for the final two minutes of the period and was stitched up in time to return for the start of the third period.
Justin Paulic didn't have to make a save in his two-minute cameo.
"It was a pretty good gash," said Stothers. "He got fixed up and went back in and away he went."
Oddly, Warriors captain Sam Fioretti was called for goaltender interference at the other end of the ice on the delayed penalty. He and Bell went off for rare off-setting goaltender interference minors.
That was the end of the action for Fioretti who didn't play in the third period as he began to feel the effects of a high hit he took earlier in the game.
His status for Saturday night is uncertain.
Sawchenko made 27 saves to win his first game since before Christmas.
Teagan Sacher made 30 saves in goal for Lethbridge.