War­riors Tribe close-in on di­vi­sion lead­ers with solid show­ing

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports - Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Ex­press

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.

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