Warriors win second straight game by 6-1 score

Matthew Gourlie
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Valentine scores twice and Gore has a three-point night

It was a case of different standouts producing the same result.

Clayton Kirichenko from the Saskatoon Blades flattens Moose Jaw Warriors winger Torrin White in first period WHL action at Credit Union Centre.

The Moose Jaw Warriors got contributions from some unexpected sources in Saskatoon as they won their second straight game by a 6-1 score.

Dallas Valentine and Zach Sawchenko didn't play in the Warriors 6-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen Wednesday, but Valentine scored twice and Sawchenko made 25 saves as the Warriors comfortably beat the Blades Friday night in Western Hockey League action.

“It’s two teams that have been struggling lately,” Valentine told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix after he finished the night as a plus-four. “We knew we had to come in here and have an intense game with them and win every battle.

“I think we did that here tonight.”

The Warriors (19-40-3-6) will look to continue to play well when the Eastern Conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings come to town tonight (7 p.m., Mosaic Place).

The teams played a scoreless first period, but exploded for four goals in 1:42.

"It was a little slow at the start, but as the night went on we were better and better," said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. "After the first period I thought we were really good again tonight."

Tanner Eberle opened the scoring for the Warriors, but Saskatoon's Ryan Graham replied 22 seconds later.

The Warriors wasted no time in swinging the momentum back in their favour for good when Valentine scored 25 seconds after Graham's equalizer.

Bryson Gore scored less than a minute later to put the Warriors were comfortably ahead.

Gore finished with three points, Scott Cooke scored his fifth goal of the season and Valentine's two-goal night gives him three for the season.

"It's nice to see everybody get rewarded for their contributions," said Stothers. "We started to get physical and spent more time in their end."

Brayden Point scored his 35th goal of the season for the Warriors. Sam Fioretti and Miles Warkentine both chipped in with two assists.

The game got chippy in the third period and Warriors defenceman Jesse Forsberg picked up an instigating penalty before a third-period fight with Nick Zajac. That instigator penalty may rule him out of tonight's game due to suspension.

Stothers said he hasn't decided if Sawchenko or Justin Paulic will get the start in goal as both netminders are coming off of strong games.

The Blades pulled goalie Troy Tremblay after the second period. Brandon Kegler made his WHL debut and the 16-year-old allowed two goals in relief.

Organizations: Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Dallas

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