Warriors pick up 8th straight win, edge Rebels 3-2

Rob Wallator

The Moose Jaw Warriors posted a season-high 46 shots on net Saturday and went on to a 3-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels at the Enmax Centrium.

The Warriors created quality chances in the first period, they outshot the Rebels 16-7 in the frame and took a 1-0 lead at 7:18 when Daemon Hunt scored his 3rd of the season with a shot from the blueline.

It didn’t take long for Red Deer to respond, 39 seconds later Rebels leading scorer Brandon Hagel tied the game at one.

Red Deer took a 2-1 lead with 93 seconds left in the first period when Zak Smith finished a rush up the ice.

Moose Jaw came out hard and fast in the second period.  They came up the ice with speed and control, inside the neutral zone they were able to create turnovers and come back inside the Rebels line, and they had an 18-5 advantage on the shot clock in the period.

At 1:55, Tristin Langan tracked down a puck in the Red Deer right circle and made a cross-ice pass to Tate Popple inside the right circle where his shot beat Byron Fancy, his 6th goal of the season tied the game at two.

Moose Jaw took a 3-2 lead at 4:33 when they drove up the ice and back across the Red Deer line.

Tristin Langan came in on the right wing and dropped the puck back to Justin Almeida between the circles where he put a shot off the cross-bar.  The puck sat in the crease where Jett Woo jumped in and pushed it over the goal line for his 4th of the season.

Red Deer tried to come back in the third but once again the Warriors controlled the flow of the period.  They outshot the Rebels 12-6 in the frame and limited Red Deer’s quality chances.

Tristin Langan led the Warriors offence with three assists.

The win extended the Warriors winning streak to eight games and they now have points in ten straight and 12 out of their last 13 games.

Moose Jaw’s road trip to the Central Division wraps up Sunday afternoon in Calgary with their second meeting of the season against the Hitmen.  Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 4:40pm.

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