Game Summary: Husky Eastern Conference Championship Game 1
Moose Jaw Warriors at Edmonton Oil Kings
Coming in this series was going to be tough. All the media said it. The quotes that were troughed out from both sides preceding tonight’s game were how even these teams were.
The tough break for the Moose Jaw Warriors is they ended up on the wrong side of a 6-1 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Championship.
And as Warriors assistant captain Dylan McIlrath said in a post-game media scrum, “We got outworked and could not build any momentum…we just have to be better.”
The optimistic side is Game 2 happens on Sunday at Rexall and the Warriors can prove how much better they can be and the possibly of a split is there.
The evenness was in certain parts of the game. The first period the Warriors and Oil Kings ended the period tied at 8-8 on the shot clock and the chances were even as well. Yes the Oil Kings did score just before the midway point of the period on a goal by Klarc Wilson who got a fortuitous bounce off a Warriors back-checker to put into an open net. All in all game went as expected, even.
The second period the Oil Kings built their lead. The Warriors surrendered three straight goals in the middle frame to Stephane Legault, Rhett Rachinski and Curtis Lazar and they had a 4-0 lead about 32 minutes into the hockey game. Jordan Wyton who was playing in his first 2012 WHL Playoff game scored at 14:30 mark of the second to make it 4-1. Morgan Rielly who was also making playoff and six-month debut assisted on the Wyton goal for his first point. The Oil Kings would add one more with 1:38 to go in the period to hold a 5-1 lead. The home side would score one more with the man advantage on Legault’s second of the game just before the midway point of the third period.
The Warriors were 0-for-6 on the powerplay and killed one of two Oil Kings powerplays. They put 30 shots at the Edmonton net. Luke Siemens made 19 saves on 24 shots and Spencer Tremblay made five saves on six shots in 20 minutes of work.
The Warriors get a day off from game action Saturday before Game 2 which goes Sunday at 5 p.m. from Rexall Place.
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1. EDM K. Wilson, (1) (R. Rachinski, C. Corbett), 9:15
2. EDM S. Legault, (2) (C. Lazar, H. Samuelsson), 0:18
2. EDM R. Rachinski, (3) (K. Wilson, J. Peddle), 5:07
2. EDM C. Lazar, (5) (S. Legault, H. Samuelsson), 12:55
2. M.J J. Wyton, (1) (M. Rielly), 14:30
2. EDM T. Maxwell, (2) (K. Lowe, K. Wilson), 18:22
3. EDM S. Legault, (3) (T. Foster, H. Samuelsson), 9:21 (PP)
*Photo by Andy Devlin