Tigers Edge Warriors In OT

Dylan Bredo scored two goals including the game winner in overtime as Medicine Hat handed the Warriors a 3-2 loss on Sunday night at Mosaic Place.

“Boston (Leier) made a great pass to me and I had a wide open net from there,” said Bredo on the game winner after the game. “Playing our third game in three nights, our game plan was just to keep it simple and get pucks out and get a fore check going and see what we could create with that.”

Justin Kirsch, who scored the Warriors opening goal and assisted on Fioretti’s in third, said it was a tough loss for the team to end a busy weekend, “It was a hard fought game, they came out flying and we knew they were going to come out. We had a good lead and then we lost it in the first, and overtime we couldn’t seal the deal.”

Both teams were finishing off three-in-three weekends and both teams battled hard from the opening draw to the final play.

Kirsch opened the scoring in the first period at 13:45 when he bounced a shot from below the goal line off the back of Tigers goalie Cam Lanigan. Medicine Hat tied it up with 22 seconds left in the period when Curtis Valk finished off a nice give-and-go on the rush with Elgin Pearce.

Moose Jaw outshot Medicine Hat 11-7 in the second but wasn’t able to take the lead, arguable their best chance came on the penalty kill when Carter Hansen had a shorthanded breakaway, but was turned aside by Lanigan.

Still locked at one to start the third, a key moment in the game came early in the period when the Warriors were on a power play, but couldn’t capitalize. Not much later, Bredo put the visitors in front after driving net from the Warrior right corner at 5:44, beating Moose Jaw goalie Justin Paulic. Moose Jaw’s power play found the equalizer at 12:55 when Kirsch bounced a shot off of Sam Fioretti in front of the net, Fioretti got credit for his team leading 13th of the year.

Neither team was able to notch the go ahead goal in regulation, 1:13 into overtime Boston Leier came out from behind the Warrior net found Bredo on the high left crease for the game winner.

Assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe says the loss was a tough one to take after playing a good game, “The guys played hard, it was four games in five nights, but it would have been nice to get the two points. Break down defensively (in overtime), and maybe mentally, and we didn’t get the second point.

“We moved the puck well and we got shots. That’s what we want to do, is establish shots and establish a net front presence, but I didn’t think we had a good net front presence. That’s always tough to do when you’re tired is to get in there and win that battle.”

Paulic played solid for the Warriors in goal and made 25 saves in the loss. Cam Lanigan was outstanding for the Tigers, keeping them in the game and making 28 saves for the win. “Ever since he’s came to the Tigers for us, he’s been unbelievable, he’s held us in every night and got us some wins,” said Bredo on his goaltender.

Moose Jaw finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, which created a lot of momentum for the team. “The penalty kill was good I thought,” said Vandenberghe. “Medicine Hat is always a talented team; always have a lot of skill, so for our penalty kill to do a good job is good.”

Moose Jaw’s record is now 7-6-2-1 after their three game weekend. They won their first road game of the year on Friday night in Prince Albert, 3-2, but losing the next night, 5-1, to the Raiders.

Sam Fioretti continues to lead the Warriors offensively after scoring two goals and picking up three points this weekend. He now has 13 goals and 22 points in 16 games. Morgan Rielly is right behind him with four goals and 20 points, which put him second among defencemen in the WHL.

The players will have Monday off to recharge the batteries before returning to Mosaic Place for practice on Tuesday. Next game action for the tribe will be Friday when they head to Brandon for the first game of another three-in-three weekend.

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