Six different players picked up goals Wednesday to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 6-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place.
Both teams had their moments of pressure in the first period as they combined for 23 shots on net but there were also moments where both teams made good defensive plays to break up a quality scoring chance.
Moose Jaw picked up the game’s first goal almost four minutes into the game when Daniil Stepanov drove to the Brandon right circle and put a shot on net. The rebounded bounced over to Yegor Buyalski on the left wing where he pushed in his 6th of the season.
With seven minutes left in the period, Brandon turned the puck over to Brayden Tracey in the neutral zone.
The WHL rookie scoring came into the Wheat King zone on the right wing and was able to get around the defenceman and cut to the net where he lifted the puck over Jiri Patera for his 36th of the season.
On the power-play with five and a half minutes left in the period, Josh Brook had the puck on top of the right circle and was able to move it cross-ice to Justin Almeida inside the left circle. Almeida mad a hard cross-ice pass towards the right goal line where Tristin Langan hammered in his team-leading 51st goal.
Brandon was quick to respond, 24 seconds later Stelio Mattheos was able to convert on a drove to the top of the Moose Jaw crease to make it a two-goal game.
The second period had its moment but neither team was able to add to their goal totals and the Warriors took their lead to the third period.
Brandon pulled to within one with a goal from Caiden inside the two-minute mark of the third period, but the Warriors came back with a goal from Daemon Hunt to go back up by two.
With their season on the line, Brandon pulled their goalie in the final two minutes which led to empty-net goals for Dalton Hamaliuk and Cameron Sterling to end the game.
Moose Jaw was 1-for-2 on the power-play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
The win was the Warriors 23rd on the road this season and ties last year’s single-season franchise record.
The Warriors will have a home-and-home series with Swift Current on the weekend to finish the 2018-2019 regular season. The fun starts Friday in Swift Current and then shifts back to Moose Jaw for the regular season finale on Saturday.
Catch Friday’s action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show with James Gallo at 6:40pm.