Tribe Opens Weekend With Loss in Calgary

Calgary scored four goals in a 5:10 in the second period and went on to hand the Moose Jaw Warriors a 6-1 loss Saturday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The tribe had a solid first period, they outshot the Hitmen 8-3, and however it was the home team that won the opening frame.  Alex Roach beat Warriors goalie Daniel Wapple with a slap shot at 14:33 for a power play goal to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

Moose Jaw came storming out of the gates in the second.  In the opening moments Justin Kirsch fought the puck away from the Hitmen high on the left Calgary wall, setting up a Kirk Johnson point shot.  Hitmen goalie Chris Driedger made the initial save, however the rebound came right to Carter Hansen in the right circle where he scored his first goal since November 7th.

The tribe kept the heat on the Hitmen, who seemed to have problems dealing with the Moose Jaw fore-check at times.  The tide turned in favour of the Hitmen after they successfully killed a penalty; at 12:26 Cody Sylvester beat Wapple on a wraparound to give Calgary the lead.  60 seconds later Pavlo Padakin capitalized on a Moose Jaw turnover to make it a two goal game. 

Calgary’s pressured continued as the second period went on, at 14:19 Zane Jones made it 4-1, then Brendan Hurley finished off a flurry of offense at 17:36 making 5-1 after two periods.  Brooks Macek added a 5-on-3 power play in the third as Calgary went on to down the tribe 6-1.

Moose Jaw’s record drops to 14-19-3-4, their three-in-three Central Division road trip continues Saturday in Red Deer.  Catch the Warriors and Rebels on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 8:10pm.  The busy weekend schedule concludes Sunday in Lethbridge, the tribe returns to Mosaic Place January 9th for a rematch with the Hitmen.

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