Three goals in the first period lifted the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-1 win over Kootenay Saturday in Cranbrook
Moose Jaw’s power play ended a four game goalless drought at 8:13; Morgan Rielly dished the puck from the left point to Sam Fioretti along the wall, he moved it to Brayden Point at the goal line who then marched towards the net and went cross ice right side to Justin Kirsch for his ninth of the year.
1:28 later the Warriors found themselves back on the power play and performed a similar play, this time Fioretti was the one moving the puck from the left goal line to the right side for Joel Edmundson who scored his second of the year.
Twenty seconds later Kendall McFaull tossed the puck from the left point towards the net, Mackenzie Skapski had problems covering the puck, Warriors rookie Brandon Potomak jammed in his first WHL goal to make it 3-0 after the first period.
Kootenay came out in the second period and took the fight to the tribe; they were more physical and had more time on the attack. They were finally able to beat Justin Paulic at 9:08 when Zach McPhee snapped a shot over the blocker. 33 seconds later the Warriors responded with a goal from Kirk Johnson, which was his first WHL goal.
Neither team was able to add to their goal total in the third despite combining for 17 shots, and when 60 minutes was up it was the Warriors who came out on top.
Sam Fioretti had two helpers for the Warriors; the team was 2-for-6 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Moose Jaw finished their road trip with a .500 record going 1-1-0-1; their record now sits at 8-8-3-3 heading into the new week.
They’ll arrive home early Sunday morning and then skate later in the evening, Tuesday at 2pm they’ll take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Mosaic Place. For details on group ticket rates available only for this game contact the Warriors Office, 694-5711. James Gallo, Derek Kletzel, and Marc Smith will be live with the PreGame Show beginning at 1:40pm on Country 100.