Michael St. Croix had a goal and two points to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night in Edmonton.
The teams played a tight first period, both battled hard for positioning on the ice and space to create opportunities. Midway through the opening frame the tribe got into penalty problems and the Oil Kings capitalized. Joel Edmundson and Tanner Eberle were both issued minors which gave the Oil Kings a two man advantage; St. Croix scored his 14th to make it 1-0.
Despite trailing in the game the Warriors continued to battle, they played strong to open the second period, Edmonton had problems getting out of their zone thanks largely to the Warriors finding lanes and creating turnovers. At 6:07 Morgan Rielly pinched down the left Oil King boards, showing a ton of patience Rielly eventually spotted Tanner Eberle on the right side of the Oil King crease, Eberle tapped it in for his fourth of the year to tie the game at one.
The even game was short lived, once again the Warriors found themselves on the penalty kill and the Oil Kings were able to score, at 8:10 Griffin Reinhart’s point shot went off the post then bounced off the back leg of Warrior goalie Justin Paulic to make it 2-1 Edmonton. With just over a minute remaining in the frame St. Croix drove down the Warrior right goal line then fed TJ Foster in the Moose Jaw crease to make it 3-1.
Edmonton’s experience showed in the third period as they outshot the Warriors 13-3, goals from Keegan Lowe and Brendan Baddock added to their lead as they went on to hand the Warriors a 5-1 loss.
Justin Paulic made 35 saves in the loss; Laurent Brossoit made 22 in the win; Henrik Samuelsson and Dylan Wruck had two assists each for Edmonton; Moose Jaw was 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors will look to rebound Saturday night when their road trip continues with their first stop of the season in Red Deer, join James Gallo for all the action starting with the PreGame Show at 8:10pm on Country 100.
v. Red Deer… Saturday night will be the Warriors and Rebels second meeting of the season and their first in Red Deer. The Rebels beat the Warriors 4-3 in a shootout back on October 7th at Mosaic Place; last year Moose Jaw was 3-1 against the Rebels, they’ve posted a 5-9-0-3 record in the last five years.
Sam Fioretti leads the Warriors with a goal and two points against the Rebels; Travis Brown and Andrew Johnson have one goal each; Joel Edmundson and Brayden Point have one assist each; Justin Paulic is 0-0-0-1 with a 2.77gaa and .906sv%.
Tyson Ness leads the Rebels with a goal and two points against Warriors; recently traded Charles Inglis had a goal and two points; Mathew Dumba has one goal; Cory Millette, who played midget AAA in Moose Jaw, has one assist; Patrik Bartosak is 1-0 with a 2.79gaa and .932sv%.
Kendall McFaull has two assists in the last four games
Joel Edmundson has one goal and one point in the last 13 games
Morgan Rielly has two assists in the last eight games
Travis Brown is pointless in the last two games; he has two points in the last five
Sam Fioretti has three goals and six points in the last eight games
Justin Kirsch has four goals and six points in the last nine games
Carter Hansen has one goal in the last 11 games
Andrew Johnson has two goals and four points in the last eight games
Jordan Messier has one goal and two points in the last nine games
Brayden Point has two points in the last eight games
Tanner Eberle has one goal and four points in the last five games
Bryson Gore has a goal and two points in the last four games
Tuesday, November 27th @ Victoria
Wednesday, November 28th @ Vancouver
Friday, November 30th @ Kelowna
Saturday, December 1st @ Kamloops
Tuesday, December 4th @ Prince George