Power Play leads Warriors to Friday win
Special teams led the Moose Jaw Warriors attack on Friday as they scored four goals on the power play in a 5-2 win over Medicine Hat at Mosaic Place.
Both teams had their skating legs to start the game as they raced up and down the ice looking create offensive opportunities.
With just under six minutes left in the period the Warriors went to work on the power play.
20-year-old veteran Tristin Langan controlled the puck inside the right Tiger circle and then made a hard pass to the low slot where Peyton McKenzie was able to get a piece of it to tip it past import rookie goalie Mads Sogaard to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the opening period.
Medicine Hat tied the game at one inside the final minute of the first period when Bryan Lockner drove the Moose Jaw net and picked up a rebound.
Special teams played a huge role in the second period as the teams combined for three goals on the man advantage.
Medicine Hat took a 2-1 lead at 8:06 when Cole Sillinger scored on a one-timer inside the Warriors right circle.
The Warriors then took advantage of five straight penalties in the second half of the period.
At 13:43 Ryan Peckford came out from behind the Tigers net and was able to push the puck over the goal line to tie the game at two.
Just over a minute later Brayden Tracey made a beautiful cross-ice pass from the right circle to the left circle for Drae Gardiner who deposited a shot to the back of the net to give the Warriors the lead.
With 12 seconds left in the period the Warriors struck again when Tyler Smithies made a hard pass from inside the right circle to Tate Popple on top of the left crease where he tucked in Moose Jaw’s first even strength goal to make it 4-2 going to the second intermission.
Back on the power play early in the third period, Yegor Buyalski took a shot from inside the left circle, Ryan Peckford was perched in front of the net and was able to deflected it in for his second of the night to increase the Warriors lead.
Peckford led the Warriors with two goals, Daemon Hunt picked up three assists, Tristin Langan and Yegor Buyalski had two assists each, and Adam Evanoff finished with 23 saves.
Moose Jaw outshot the Tigers 36-25 and they were 4-for-8 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
These two teams will square off again on Saturday when this weekend preseason series shifts to Irvine, Alberta.
Coming up next weekend the Warriors wrap up their exhibition schedule with a pair of games against the Brandon Wheat Kings. The weekend set starts Friday in Manitoba and then shifts to Moose Jaw Sunday, September 16th (4pm).
Next weekend will also mark the return of Warriors Hockey on Country 100, the broadcast schedule begins with Friday’s game in Brandon and will get on the air with an abbreviated PreGame Show starting at 6:25pm.