The Moose Jaw Warriors battled back to tie the game late but would fall 4-3 in a shootout to the Red Deer Rebels Saturday at Mosaic Place.
In their first meeting of the season the teams established a fast, physical, and heavy game as they battled hard along the boards and when they had the chances they pushed up the ice quickly in transition.
Red Deer picked up the game’s first goal at 8:08 when Brandon Hagel created a neutral zone turnover which created an odd-man rush that led to a goal for Jeff de Wit.
On the power play at 14:24 the Warriors were able to pull the game even when they worked the puck around the Red Deer zone and eventually set up Ryan Peckford between the circles for his 3rd of the season.
Moose Jaw’s penalty kill came up big late in the first period. Red Deer had a 5-on-3 power play for 96 seconds with 5:12 left in the frame but the Warriors buckled down and didn’t allow a shot on net and kept the game scoreless.
Throughout the second period, the Warriors pushed at the Rebels net and did a great job winning battles on the offensive zone boards and getting shots at Red Deer goalie Ethan Anders.
Moose Jaw outshot the Rebels 15-6 in the second period but they went into the intermission down 2-1 due to a power-play goal from Red Deer’s Chris Douglas at 8:06.
Red Deer’s power play came up big again two minutes into the third period when Chris Douglas scored his second of the game to make it a 2-goal game.
Red Deer clamped down throughout the third period as they looked to limit the Warriors chances and hold on to their lead.
As the clocked ticked down the Warriors started to generate more pressure and they looked to battle back in the game.
With their net empty and 2:04 left in regulation, Tristin Langan controlled the puck inside the left circle and made a cross-ice pass to Brayden Tracey who put a one-timer off the post and then as the puck sat on the goal line Ryan Peckford tipped in his second of the game to pull the Warriors to within one.
30 seconds later the Warriors controlled the puck again inside the Red Deer zone and pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. They were able to push the puck to towards the Rebels net where Daniil Stepanov drilled in his 3rd of the season to tie the game at three.
Both teams had two shots in overtime but neither was able to pick up a game winner which propelled this contest to a shootout.
Tristin Langan and Brandon Hagel were both stopped in the first round, Ryan Peckford and Oleg Zaytsev both scored in the second round, Brayden Tracey and Alexander Alexeyev were both denied in the third round, and then in the third round, Keenan Taphorn was stopped while Reese Johnson scored to give Red Deer the win.
Ryan Peckford finished with two goals and Brayden Tracey picked up two assists while Red Deer was led by Chris Douglas’ two goals.
Moose Jaw outshot the Rebels 41-31 and the Warriors were 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors have the rest of the long weekend off to get ready for a Tuesday game against the Tri-City Americans. Tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca or at the Mosaic Place Box Office.