Despite having an early two goal lead, the Moose Jaw Warriors couldn’t hold on as they fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Seattle Thunderbirds at Mosaic Place.
The tribe was strong on the puck to start the game, their fore-check created second and sometimes third opportunities low in the Thunderbird zone. Andrew Johnson opened the scoring at 5:50 when he muscled the puck past goalie Brandon Glover on a wrap-around attempt. They took a two goal lead at 13:45 when Travis Brown chipped the puck along the wall in the visitors’ zone for Tanner Eberle who then drove the net for his third of the year.
Seattle was a motivated team in the second as they attacked the Warriors; they got on the scoreboard at 14:36 with a goal from Seth Swenson.
The T-Birds used their power play to find the equalizer as Roberts Lipsbergs beat Warrior goalie Daniel Wapple at 3:23. The Warriors took a 3-2 lead at 9:48; Jordan Wyton took a shot on the high left Seattle circle, Sam Fioretti drove the net and got his stick on a rebound for his team leading 14th goal. Five minutes later Seattle’s power play once again tied the game; Shea Theodore bounced a puck off the end boards to Brendan Rouse who snapped it into the twine.
The teams battled for the remainder of the frame but neither was able to score the go-ahead goal. In overtime Moose Jaw had a great opportunity to win the game but their power play was able to sneak one past the goal line.
With the game now in a shootout, neither team scored in the first round; Alexander Delnov beat Wapple while Sam Fioretti didn’t score; Brayden Point put life into the tribe with a goal in the third round, however Riley Sheen scored the game winner to finish off the Seattle comeback and hand the Warriors a 4-3 loss.
Daniel Wapple made 28 saves in the loss while Brandon Glover made 22 in the win; Moose Jaw was 0-for-3 on the power play while Seattle was 2-for-3.
Moose Jaw’s record drops to 7-7-2-2 on the year, they’re back in action Sunday when the Calgary Hitmen comes to town. Catch all the action with James Gallo starting with the PreGame Show at 5:40pm on Country 100, DiscoverMooseJaw.com, and mjwarriors.ca.