A terrible second period had the Moose Jaw Warriors reeling going into the third on Wednesday night.  That's when their captain took over.

Brayden Point scored 14 seconds into the final frame and sparked a five-goal third for the Warriors as they skated to an 8-5 win over the Vancouver Giants at Mosaic Place.

“We had to out compete them, they were generating more shots, so once we started to put our foot on the gas, we played a lot better and the score was a result of that,” said Point after the win.

Point finished with three goals, including two in third, and four points for Moose Jaw. He now has seven points in two games since returning from Tampa Bay Lightning training camp.

“You would be hard pressed to find a better player in junior hockey right now,” stated Warriors assistant coach Mark O'Leary on the Country 100 Post-Game Show. “As a coach, it's a pleasure to coach a guy like that and as a fan, it's just fun to watch.”

The top line for the Warriors was clicking on all cylinders during the win with Nikita Popugaev scoring his first WHL goal and finishing with two goals and four points, while Dryden Hunt chipped in with four assists.

“They're good players, Hunt has played a lot in this league and Nikita is obviously smart enough, so it's good,” said Point. “It's three smart players playing on a line and it's working and as we play a little bit more, it's going to get better.”

Point and Popugaev both found the back of the net in the first period, while Tanner Faith had the other goal in the opening frame as the Warriors led 3-2 after one.

After Point pulled Moose Jaw within one just seconds into the third, Popugaev added his second of the night 4:13 later to tie the game at 5-5. Point added an empty net goal with 1:56 to play.

“We kind of all got thrown into it, I wasn't here for training camp and Pointer wasn't either,” said Hunt, who leads the Warriors with eight points in four games. “It's working out really well, Pointer is a great player and so it Poppy, so it makes my job pretty easy out there.”

While the top unit led the charge for the Warriors, the support players were also key especially in the second period. The fourth line – Blake Bargar, Landon Quinney and Brayden Watts – were the most consistent line of the night for the Warriors and provided a good spark.

The third line potted two goals 37 seconds apart in the third period to allow the Warriors to pull away late in the frame. Tanner Jeannot scored the game-winner with 4:14 to go in the game and Jiri Smejkal scored his second of the season moments later.

“You can't be a championship team without four lines, so it's good for us and Tanner Jeannot getting the game winning goal is great for him and huge for that line,” said Point. “The third and fourth lines have been great since I've been here, so hopefully they keep that going.”

Zach Sawchenko made 36 saves in the win for the Warriors, while the Tribe fired 37 shots on Vancouver goalie Payton Lee, including 22 in the third period alone.

Special teams helped Vancouver take the lead in the second period as they went 3-for-3 with the man advantage in the frame. The Warriors didn't have a power play opportunity on the night.

The focus for the Warriors going into two games this weekend will be to put together a complete game after picking up the win with a 40-minute effort.

“We just need to carry the momentum that we had in the third period into the start of Friday's game,” said Point. “We're a skilled team, but we've got to work hard first.”

Moose Jaw returns to action Friday when the Edmonton Oil Kings come to town for the first time this season. Western Nissan Warriors Hockey on Country 100 is on the air starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.

The Warriors weekend wraps up Saturday with a tilt at home against the Kootenay Ice.

Warriors Claim Morrison… Before Wednesday's game the team announced that they claimed 20-year-old defencemen Tyler Morrison off of WHL Waivers from the Tri-City Americans. Morrison – six-foot 190lbs – is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, his WHL career started with the Vancouver Giants in 2012-2013 and in his rookie season, he had two goals and 21 points in 64 games. Morrison was traded to Tri City last season and in his four year career, he has 12 goals and 57 points in 199 regular season games.