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Wild Wednesday game ends in overtime

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In a wild Wednesday game at Mosaic Place, the Moose Jaw Warriors fell 6-5 in overtime to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Warriors and Tigers rely heavily on their speed and transition game and that was on display throughout the opening period as the teams raced up the ice and on the attack and combined for 38 shots on net.

Moose Jaw picked up a power play goal at 8:07 when Jett Woo snuck off the right line and took a shot from the goal line that found the back of the net for his 5th of the season.

Medicine Hat responded just under three minutes later with a goal from Joel Craven, they took the lead at 13:47 with a goal from Ryan Jevne, and then extended their lead with just over a minute left in the frame on a goal from Daniel Baker.

The Warriors pushed hard to end the period, 46 seconds later Luke Ormsby jammed in a puck along the right goal line for his 4th of the season and first as a Warrior to make it a one-goal game going to the intermission.

Whatever momentum the Warriors had with the late first period goal the Tigers took away early in the second period.  At 1:44, Daniel Baker took a shot from the left point, Tyler Preziuso deflected over Adam Evanoff to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

Moose Jaw fought back to within one at 11:21 when they were back on the power play.  Justin Almeida controlled the puck inside the left circle and made a hard pass to the top of the Tigers crease where Tristin Langan deflected in his team-leading 19th goal.

Medicine Hat went back up by two with just over four minutes left in the period when James Hamblin deflected a puck for a Tigers power play goal.

However, Moose Jaw came right back with another power play goal with just over two minutes left in the frame when Josh Brook took a shot from inside the right circle that found its way over the Medicine Hat goal line for his 9th of the season to make it 5-4.

Four minutes into the third period the Warriors were pressing inside the Tiger line.  Tate Popple was able to put the puck between the circles where Keenan Taphorn lifted a backhand in for his 7th of the season to tie the game at five.

Both teams had their chances throughout the remainder of the third period, they combined for 27 shots in the frame and a number of quality chances.

In overtime, the Warriors took a penalty and the Tigers capitalized by setting up a one-timer for Ryan Jevne on the right circle, his shot just snuck past goalie Adam Evanoff.

Jett Woo led the Warriors with a goal and four points, Josh Brook and Tristin Langan had a goal and two points each, and Medicine Hat was led by Ryan Jevne who had two goals and three points.

Medicine Hat outshot the Warriors 46-45 and Moose Jaw was 3-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.

With the single point, the Warriors now have points in 11 out of their last 12 games and go into the weekend two points out of second place in the WHL East Division.

The Warriors will have Thursday off to get ready for a weekend series with the Saskatoon Blades which starts Friday in the Bridge City.  Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

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