Warriors Tribe close-in on division leaders with solid showing
The Moose Jaw Warriors just keep finding ways to get things done, at home or on the road.
The Warriors won three of four games last week during a swing through the Western Hockey League’s B.C. and Central divisions, a showing that saw them improve to 15-6-3-1 and move within two points of second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Warriors opened the week in style on Nov. 28, building a 3-0 lead on their way to a 3-1 win over the Kootenay Ice. Keenan Taphorn, Josh Brook and Jett Woo all scored for the Tribe, while Payton Krebs responded for Kootenay. Adam Evanoff made 26 saves in goal, the Warriors fired 29 at the Ice’s Duncan McGovern. Things went completely opposite for the Warriors on Nov. 30 as they kicked off their three-games-in-threenight tour through the Central Division in Edmonton, this time seeing the Oil Kings take a 1-0 lead out of the first on a goal by Brett Kemp before scoring three straight unanswered to take another 3-1 win. Tracey, Yegor Buyalski and Justin Almeida scored for Moose Jaw, Tristin Langan had two assists. Evanoff stopped 35 shots, Dylan Myskiw made 19 saves in Edmonton’s goal. A pair of goals 2:38 apart early in the second proved to be the difference the next night against the Red Deer Rebels as the Warriors went on to a 3-2 win. Daemon Hunt opened scoring in the first before Woo and Tate Popple scored their quick markers. Langan again played playmaker all night with three assists. Evanoff stopped 16 shots in goal, Byron Warancy was far busier and made 43 saves for the Rebels.
The Warriors closed out the trip in Calgary against the Hitmen and finally ran out of gas, falling behind 4-0 before Justin Almeida scored their lone goal 4:43 into the third. Kaden Elder and James Malm scored two each for Calgary, Egor Zamula had their other marker. Evanoff made 29 saves in taking the loss, Jack McNaughton stopped 33 for Calgary.
The Warriors are back on home ice Dec. 5 when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers before a weekend home and home set that sees the Tribe in Saskatoon on Friday and hosting the Blades on Saturday.