Willms & Warriors shutout Hurricanes
The Moose Jaw Warriors and Lethbridge Hurricanes had a hard fought battle Friday at Mosaic Place and when the smoke cleared the home team skated away with a 2-0 win to improve their record to 41-9-1-2.
In the first period the Warriors and Hurricanes established a quick pace and as the period went on Moose Jaw started to tilt the ice in their favour.
Their fore-check was aggressive and had Lethbridge pinned, they were also able to create turnovers which helped to create a 16-7 advantage on the shot clock.
At 8:11 the Hurricanes looked to clear the puck out of their zone but Tristin Langan broke up the pass from inside the left circle and then fed Vince Loschiavo in the slot where he hammered in his 15th goal of the season.
Moose Jaw extended their lead with just over four minutes left in the frame when Brayden Burke drove across the middle of the Hurricanes blueline and fought his way to the high slot where he snapped a shot past Logan Flodell for his 26th goal of the year.
In the second period the Warriors started strong but then the Hurricanes were able to control the middle stages of the frame but then Moose Jaw turned up the heat in the back half of the period.
Moose Jaw outshot Lethbridge 16-8 in the second and 32-15 overall and lead 2-0 after forty minutes.
The third period was tight as the Warriors looked for some breathing room and the Hurricanes fought desperately to get on the scoreboard.
Both teams buckled down defensively as they combined for just nine shots and had double digit blocked shots.
Moose Jaw fought off a late charge from the Hurricanes and got 20 saves from Brody Willms for his third shutout of the season.
The Warriors outshot the Hurricanes 36-20, they were 0-for4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors are back at home Saturday to take on the Kootenay Ice, coverage starts at 6:40pm with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show on Country 100.
POSTGAME: Tim Hunter
POSTGAME: Brody Willms February 10th 2018
POSTGAME: Brayden Burke February 10th 2018
Tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca or at the Mosaic Place Box Office.