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Warriors bite Cougars

Marc Smith

The Moose Jaw Warriors finished their weekend schedule with a hard fought 4-1 win over the Prince George Cougars at Mosaic Place.

In the first period the Warriors showed good fight as they kept the Cougars pinned inside their zone.  Their fore-check attacked well and created turnovers which allowed for extra attack time.

Inside the final three minutes of the first period Justin Almeida created a turnover inside the Cougar circle.  Almeida swung the puck between the circles for Ryan Peckford who then dished it to the right goal line for Brayden Burke who blasted a one-time for his 25th goal of the season.

The Warriors attack continued in the second period as they pumped 16 shots on net in the frame and had 29 through two periods.

On the power play with just over five minutes remaining in the period defenseman Josh Brook was able to feed Justin Almeida in the low slot where he snapped in his 30th goal to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

Moose Jaw kept coming in the third period as they tossed another 19 shots on net.

At 10:43 Vince Loschiavo went crashing in to the Prince George end boards on the fore-check and was able to move the puck inside the right circle for Tristin Langan who quickly fed Tate Popple on the side of the left crease where he lifted in his 6th goal of the year.

They added to their lead just under two minutes later when Justin Almeida dropped the puck to the left Cougars point where Brandon Schuldhaus stepped in to a slapshot for his 3rd of the year.

There was plenty of penalties late in the game and Prince George scored a 5-on-3 power play goal to get on the scoreboard.

Almeida led the Warriors with a goal and three points while Adam Evanoff made 23 saves in the win.  Moose Jaw outshot Prince George 48-24, they were 1-for-7 on the power play, and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

The win moves their record to 40-9-1-2 on the season and marks the 6th time in franchise history that they’ve hit the 40 win milestone.

The Warriors have another long break in-between games as they won’t be back in action until next weekend when they host a pair of Central Division teams.  Next Friday the Lethbridge Hurricanes make their first stop of the season in Moose Jaw and then next Saturday the Kootenay Ice are in town.

Tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca and at the Mosaic Place Box Office.

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