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Warriors double CHL’s top-ranked team

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n a hard-fought Friday game in Prince Albert, the Moose Jaw Warriors walked away from the Art Hauser Centre with a 4-2 win over the East Division leaders and CHL’s top-ranked team.

The action was fast and furious throughout the opening period as the teams raced up and down the ice looking to go on the attack.

Special teams had a big impact on the first period as the teams exchanged power play goals.

At 6:58, Josh Brook took a low shot from the top of the Raiders circle.  The puck went off the pad of goalie Ian Scott and right to Tristin Langan on top of the crease where he pushed in his team-leading 28th goal.

Late in the frame, the Warriors took back-to-back penalties to give Prince Albert a two-man advantage for 22 seconds with 2:07 left in the period.

Moose Jaw did a good job for the majority of the penalty kill as they blocked shots and kept the Raiders to the outside.  However, late on the 5-on-4 power play, Prince Albert worked the puck quickly around the Moose Jaw zone and down to Ozzy Wiesblatt inside the right circle where he snuck the puck over the goal line to tie the game at one.

The fast-paced action continued in the second period as the teams combined for 28 shots in the period.

After killing off a penalty, Moose Jaw took the lead at 12:05 when Justin Almeida and Tristin Langan charged in on the attack.  Almeida picked up a rebound on the right side of the Raiders net and then quickly set up Langan who scored his second of the game.

Prince Albert tied the game at two with 16 seconds left in the period on a goal from Brayden Pachal.

The Warriors landed on the power play seven minutes into the third period and they were able to capitalize.

WHL rookie scoring leader Brayden Tracey walked off the Raiders left wall and charged towards the net where he finished with his 15th of the season to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.

Prince Albert pushed hard throughout the final 20 minutes, they outshot the Warriors 14-5 in the frame but the Warriors held their ground defensively and got stellar goaltending from Brodan Salmond.

With nine seconds left in regulation, Tristin Langan put the game away with an empty-net goal, completing his hat-trick, and giving the Warriors a 4-2 win.

Captain Josh Brook returned to the lineup from the World Junior Championships and picked up three assists, Jett Woo had two assists, and Brodan Salmond finished with 38 saves.

Prince Albert outshot the Warriors 40-31 and both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.

The Warriors are back on the ice at Mosaic Place with their only meeting of the season against the Portland Winterhawks, tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca.  Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

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