Martin Rysavy scored his first career Western Hockey League hat trick, including two big third period goals, to lift the Warriors past the Raiders in Prince Albert on Saturday night.
The Warriors scored three in the first and three in the third to skate to a 6-3 win at the Art Hauser Centre.
“Marty getting three there, that’s a good job for him,” Warriors assistant coach Curtis Pereverzoff said. “They were our best line tonight, I thought they led by example.”
Jackson Unger made a career-high 52 saves to backstop the Warriors to the win on Saturday. He leads the WHL with 716 saves this season, including over 40 in each of the last two games.
“That’s a testament to him and the way that he’s come into this season, he’s been one of our top players and a lot of the reason why we’re having success is because he’s keeping it out at one end,” Pereverzoff said.
Ethan Semeniuk opened the scoring for the Warriors only 1:32 into the game with his fourth of the season.
Moose Jaw added to the lead with Lynden Lakovic’s ninth of the year with 3:29 left in the first.
Rysavy made it 3-0 for the Warriors, scoring with only 50 seconds remaining in the opening period.
Prince Albert got on the board early in the second on a goal from Jacob Hoffrogge and then they cut the lead down to one early in the third when Cole Peardon found the back of the net.
Moose Jaw answered back with Atley Calvert’s third of the weekend and 13th of the season 8:45 into the third.
Less than two minutes later, the Raiders cut the lead back down to one on a goal from Krzysztof Macias midway through the third.
The Warriors sealed the win with back-to-back goals from Rysavy, the first coming on a rebound in front with 3:31 to go in the third.
The import forward fired the puck into an empty net with 46 seconds to play to seal the win. Warriors captain Denton Mateychuk assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to a WHL-high 18 games.
“It was good to see the guys bring it today, I thought everyone brought it, so it was a really good performance,” Pereverzoff said.
The Warriors were outshot 55-31 on the night and finished 0-for-2 on the power play, but 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The next action for the Warriors is coming up on Tuesday when they host the Swift Current Broncos at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.
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