WARRIORS IN ACTION
Tribe fall 5-1 at home to Calgary, take 3-2 win over Pats in Regina
After seeing their team pick up points in six straight games, it would have been easy for fans of the Moose Jaw Warriors to expect more but at the Friday night game at Mosaic Place against the Calgary Hitmen, there was a setback.
The Hitmen played a stifling checking game in their own end and were opportunistic on the attack as they went on to a 5-1 win on Oct. 19.
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to get back on track. They went into Regina the very next night and scored a pair of third period goals on their way to a 3-2 win over their arch-rival Pats.
The Warriors are now 5-3-2 on the season and sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a point back of fifth-place Lethbridge.
Calgary 5, Warriors 1
Alek Sukunda scored the first goal of his Western Hockey League career at the 11:31 mark of the third period, and that would be the only offence the Tribe would be able to create on the evening. Mark Kastelic had a pair of goals for Calgary, Jake Kryski, Cael Zimmerman and Josh Prokop also scored for the Hitmen. Brodan Salmond made 31 saves for the Warriors, who fired 30 at Calgary’s Carl Stankowski.
Warriors 3, Regina 2
Tristan Langan scored the eventual game-winner with 8:21 to go in the game and the Warriors held on for a key win over their East Divison rivals.
Ryan Peckford had tied the game earlier in the period; Tate Popple had the other goal for the Warriors.
The Pats led 1-0 after first on a goal from Austin Pratt while Jake Leschysyn scored for Regina in the second.
Adam Evanoff had 31 saves for the Warriors in the win, Max Paddock made 22 stops for Regina.
The Western Hockey League announced the coaching staff and rosters for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series earlier in the week, with the Moose Jaw Warriors looking to be well represented in the annual all-star games.
Warriors head coach Tim Hunter was named bench boss of Team WHL, while Tribe captain Josh Brook, defenceman Jett Woo and forward Justin Almeida were all selected to play in the contest. The two games will take place on Nov. 5 in Kamloops and Nov. 6 in Vancouver.
The Calgary Hitmen did everything they could to keep the Warriors’ Ryan Peckford from scoring on this play, with Peckford drawing a penalty on the play.