Weekend opens with win in Edmonton

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Moose Jaw scored three goals in the second and added two more in the third in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday at Rogers Place, improving their record on their current road trip to 5-0-1.

Five minutes into the opening period, the Oil Kings fought the puck away from the Warriors on the Moose Jaw end boards and set up Josh Williams between the circles where he put a wrist shot past goalie Adam Evanoff.

Late in the frame and working on the power play the Warriors had thought they tied the game at one but the goal was called off due to a high-stick.

Moose Jaw picked up an early penalty in the second period but their penalty kill supplied a spark that they were missing in the first period.  They battled hard and created opportunities as they kept Edmonton pinned.

Getting to the eight-minute mark of the period, Tristin Langan intercepted an Edmonton pass in the neutral zone and drove hard down the Edmonton right wall.  As he cut to the net he got a shot away and then picked up his rebound to score his team-leading 38th goal.

Then on the penalty kill with just under seven minutes left in the period, Jett Woo broke up a rush an Edmonton rush at the Moose Jaw blueline and swung the puck ahead to Justin Almeida who scored his 16th of the season on the shorthanded breakaway.

Moose Jaw went up by two at 18:06 when they set up Brayden Tracey for a power play goal, but unfortunately the Oil Kings came back with a Conner McDonald goal 12 seconds later to make it a one-goal game.

The Warriors got some breathing room at 9:19 of the third period when rookie defenceman Alek Sukunda used the glass to clear the puck out of the Moose Jaw zone.

With the puck moving towards the Edmonton zone, Luke Ormsby hustled up ice to get control of the puck.  Ormsby drove down the left wall and then drove around the Oil Kings defenceman as he cut to the net and finished the rush by sliding the puck between the legs of Dylan Myskiw for his 6th of the season.

Edmonton tried to push back on a late power play and pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, however, Daniil Stepanov stopped their charge with a shorthanded empty net goal.

Tristin Langan and Justin Almeida had a goal and two points each and Adam Evanoff made 27 saves.

Moose Jaw was 1-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 with two shorthanded goals on the penalty kill.

The Warriors close out their 7-game road trip Saturday against the Medicine Hat Tigers, catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show with James Gallo at 8:10pm.

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