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Warriors score in final minute of wild third period

Marc Smith

Brayden Burke scores with 24 seconds left in regulation to lift the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 5-4 win over Medicine Hat Tuesday at Mosaic Place.

Both teams are known for their speed and the put that on display throughout the first period as they moved up the ice in a hurry looking to go on to the attack.

The Warriors picked up the first power play of the game and put it to good use.  Brayden Burke moved the puck from the right half wall to Josh Brook on top of the left circle.  Brook then swung the puck quickly to the top of the right crease for Jayden Halbgewachs who directed in his team leading 27th goal of the season which was also his 200th career WHL point.

The fast pace continued in the second period as once again both teams raced up the ice to attack the opposition net and just like in the first period it was the Warriors power play that came through.

Ten seconds in to their second power play the Warriors moved the puck quickly from Brayden Burke inside the right circle to Tate Popple at the goal line and then to Justin Almeida between the circles where his quick shot beat Michael Bullion to make it 2-0.

Just under two minutes later the Warriors went up by three when Tanner Jeannot grabbed a loose puck at the left goal line and then powered his way to the net where he pushed in his 21st of the season.

Medicine Hat was a determined team in the third period as they outshot the Warriors 28-9 in the final frame and their speed and aggressive fore-check led to plenty of attack time.

30 seconds in to the third period 3rd year Tiger Max Gerlach burst down the Warriors left wall and snapped a shot past Brody Willms and then crawled back to within one at 5:11 on a goal from Haydn Ostir.

Moose Jaw went back up by two at 6:26 when Noah Gregor snapped his 13th goal of the season the Warriors third power play goal of the net.

Back down by two the Tigers came fighting back shortly after the Moose Jaw goal.  At 7:29 Ostir scored his 2nd of the game to pull back to within one and then just over a minute later the Warriors turned the puck over on top of their crease where Jaeger White’s quick shot tied the game at four.

A big moment in the game with just under six minutes remaining in regulation when the Warriors got in to some penalty problems and handed the Tigers 1:18 of a 2-man advantage.  The penalty killers buckled down and Brody Willms made key saves to keep the game tied at four.

In the final minute of regulation the Warriors line of Justin Almeida, Tanner Jeannot, and Brayden Burke rushed up the ice.

Jeannot came across the right line and then dropped the puck to a trailing Almeida going through the middle of the ice.  Almeida faded to his left and then put the puck on the stick of Burke on top of the right crease where he lifted in his 13th of the season to give the Warriors the win.

Burke and Almeida finished with a goal and three points each, Jeannot had a goal and two points, Matthew Benson picked up two assists, and Brody Willms made 43 saves.

Moose Jaw finished 3-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The Warriors will jump on the bus Wednesday and head to Alberta for 3-games in 4-nights against the Central Division.

The trip starts Thursday in Edmonton, catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show starting at 7:40pm.  From there the guys will head to Red Deer on Friday and then Calgary on Sunday.

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