War­riors beat Pats for first win af­ter fall­ing to Raiders

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The Moose Jaw War­riors look like they could be quick learn­ers, af­ter their show­ing this past week­end in Western Hockey League ac­tion.

With the num­ber of young play­ers and rook­ies they have in their line-up, that’s pretty much go­ing to have to be the case for a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

One night af­ter giv­ing up four straight goals – in­clud­ing three in the fi­nal six min­utes – on their way to a 5-4 over­time loss to the Prince Al­bert Raiders at Mo­saic Place, the Tribe re­bounded with a pair of early mark­ers in Regina and held on for a 2-1 win over the Pats.

The split saw the Tribe im­prove to 1-3 on the sea­son.

“We learned real quick how to fin­ish off a game last night and we went over some of it af­ter the game; we talked about the pos­i­tives and we talked about the things we have to work on and we showed it (Sun­day) morn­ing. The guys re­sponded re­ally well,” said War­riors head coach Tim Hunter, af­ter the win in Regina. “And when I went to talk to the team af­ter the sec­ond pe­riod they were al­ready dis­cussing some of those things; we have to com­pete harder along the wall and the lit­tle things to get the job done.” Tris­tan Lan­gan scored both War­riors goals in the first pe­riod against the Pats and the Tribe played a dis­ci­plined and de­fen­sive game from there, tak­ing only two penal­ties in the con­test.

It ended up be­ing enough to get Bro­dan Sal­mond his first win in a War­riors uni­form, as he turned aside 31 shots. They key now will be to keep the pro­gres­sion the War­riors saw in Regina go­ing as the long sea­son con­tin­ues. “You kind of hate to think like this but go­ing into the game it’s ‘what are the hard lessons we’re go­ing to learn tonight’ and that’s ev­ery night you coach be­cause there’s still a lot of lessons to be learned,” Hunter said. “So, you have those thoughts and hope to get ahead of the game and not have them hap­pen.

That’s the great thing about our group, they’re prov­ing re­silient and they can learn from things like (Satur­day) night.” In the con­test against Prince Al­bert, Bray­den Tracey scored the first two goals of his WHL ca­reer and Belorus­sion im­port Ye­gor Buy­laski added his first WHL marker as the War­riors built a 4-1 lead two min­utes into the third pe­riod. Justin Almeida had opened scor­ing for the Tribe 19 sec­onds into the sec­ond.

The Raiders weren’t about to go qui­etly, though and stormed back the game’s wan­ing mo­ments. Parker Kelly even­tu­ally tied the con­test with 1:29 re­main­ing and then scored the win­ner 1:35 into over­time. Adam Evanoff made 39 saves in the loss while the War­riors man­aged only 15 shots on Prince Al­bert’s Dono­van Buskey de­spite car­ry­ing the play much of the first and sec­ond pe­ri­ods.

The War­riors are back in ac­tion Oct. 5 when they host Bran­don and Oct. 6 at home against Swift Cur­rent.

– War­riors over­age de­fence­man Bran­don Schuld­haus played his first game of the sea­son af­ter serv­ing a three-game sus­pen­sion from the 2018 play­offs... De­fence­man Jett Woo has re­cov­ered from in­jury and will be back at prac­tice this week and in the line-up this week­end.

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