Salmond solid in Warriors win in Lethbridge

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Brodan Salmond battled in the Moose Jaw net Friday net and led his team to a 4-3 overtime win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Enmax Centre.

Moose Jaw had a strong start to the game as their fore-check was able to pin the Hurricanes in the early moments but they weren’t able to push the puck over the goal line.

Just past the five-minute mark, the Hurricanes pushed the puck towards the Moose Jaw net.  Brodan Salmond made the initial save and with the puck loose in the crease, a Warriors defenceman tried to play the puck to Salmond but instead put the puck over the goal line, Jake Elmer was the closest Hurricane and got credit for the goal.

On the power play at 8:23, the Warriors slung the puck around the Hurricanes zone.

Josh Brook moved the puck from the right circle to Brayden Tracey in the high slot.  Tracey dished it off to Justin Almeida inside the left circle, he then made a pass cross-ice to Brook at the bottom of the right circle where he scored his 11th of the year.

The game didn’t remain tied for long, 31 seconds later the Hurricanes Calen Addison took a shot from the blue line that went off a stick and to the back of the net to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead.

Lethbridge had a power-play carry over from the first period to the second period and 19 seconds into the frame they set up Taylor Ross at the bottom left circle where he gave the Hurricanes a 2-goal lead.

Moose Jaw closed the gap while on a power play of their own at 6:38.

Brayden Tracey had the puck in the high-slot between the circles and moved it over to Justin Almeida inside the left circle where he put a shot over the blocker of Carl Tetachuk, his 22nd of the season pulled the Warriors to within one.

With 7:37 to go in the second period, the Warriors had 1:19 of a 5-on-3 penalty kill to work off.  Led by goalie Brodan Salmond, the boys dug in and held their ground, killing off both penalties and keeping it a one-goal game.

Shortly after being on the penalty kill, the Warriors landed back on the power-play and they capitalized.

Josh Brook came down the Lethbridge right boards, as he was pinned on the wall he was able to slide the puck over to Tristin Langan who came off the boards and looked to the left circle where he made a clean pass to Almeida.  The Pittsburgh Penguins prospects stepped into another hard shot that found the back of the net, tying the game at three.

The third period seemed tighter as the teams battled for their opportunities.  Lethbridge outshot the Warriors 12-8 in the frame but thanks to Brodan Salmond the game remained tied and headed to overtime.

Moose Jaw controlled the puck to start the extra frame and 35 seconds into the period Josh Brook found some open ice to skate inside the Lethbridge right circle where he lifted a shot over the glove of the goaltender, his second of the game lifted the Warriors to victory.

Brodan Salmond took first star honours after making 47 saves, Josh Brook and Justin Almeida had two goals and four points each, and Brayden Tracey picked up three assists.

Special teams had a huge impact on the game, the Warriors were 3-for-3 on the power-play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Moose Jaw’s weekend trip to Alberta continues Saturday in Red Deer with their third meeting of the season against the Rebels.  Catch all the action live from the Enmax Centrium on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 7:40pm with James Gallo.

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