Evanoff picks up first WHL win

Stephan Simon

Moose Jaw 17-year-old rookie goalie Adam Evanoff made 40 saves Thursday for his first WHL win as the Warriors doubled the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2 Thursday at Mosaic Place.

The Warriors stormed out of the gates and attached the Edmonton net.  Their fore-check was relentless which allowed for extra attack time but Oil Kings 20-year-old goalie Travis Child made numerous key saves to keep the game scoreless early.

With nine minutes left in the first period Warriors 17-year-old Luka Burzan drove hard down the Edmonton right boards.  As Burzan came to the Oil Kings goal line he dropped the puck between the circles for a trailing Noah Gregor who rifled in his 4th goal of the year to give Moose Jaw the lead.

The quick pace continued throughout the second period.  The teams combined for 31 shots in the period (19-12 Edmonton) and had plenty of odd-man rushes up the ice that were either broken up on a good defensive play or the goaltender made a big save.

With just over eight minutes left in the period the Warriors finished off a penalty kill and then flung the puck up the ice for Oleg Sosunov coming out of the penalty box.  The 19-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning prospect came in on a breakaway and beat goalie Travis Child blocker side for his 4th goal of the season.

Moose Jaw made it 3-0 1:52 later when Noah Gregor converted on a breakaway for his second of the game, however Edmonton got a lift 19 seconds later with a goal from Colton Kehler to make it a 3-1 game.

Edmonton pressed in the third period as they looked to get back in to the game.  They outshot the Warriors 13-6 in the period and clawed to within one at 14:12 on a goal from Kobe Mohr.

Moose Jaw put the game out of reach with just over three minutes left in the game when Brayden Burke and Noah Gregor dug the puck off the Edmonton left boards and set up Tanner Jeannot for a big between the circles that beat Travis Child for his 2nd goal of the year.

Noah Gregor finished with two goals and three points, Tanner Jeannot had a goal and two points, and Brayden Burke had three assists.

Edmonton outshot the Warriors 42-31, Moose Jaw was 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Moose Jaw wraps up their 7-game homestand Saturday with their only meeting of the season against the Vancouver Giants.  Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

Next week the Warriors will open their season high 7-game 12-day road trip in Cranbrook, BC with their second meeting of the season against the Kootenay Ice.

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