The Moose Jaw Warriors opened their three-game Central Division road trip in Cranbrook on Wednesday and came away empty handed against the Kootenay Ice.
The Warriors couldn't find a way to solve Ice goalie Wyatt Hoflin as he turned away 34 Moose Jaw shots for the 1-0 Kootenay win at Western Financial Place.
Moose Jaw used their depth to establish a quick pace in the opening period but it was the Ice who found early rewards. Luke Philp pressure the tribe coming out of their zone and just over three minutes in to the game, the 20-year-old jumped on the loose puck, drove to the bottom right circle where he snapped a shot past Brody Willms to give Kootenay an early lead.
The Warriors dictated the pace of the opening period and the shot clock reflected that as they had a 16-7 edge in the first period, but Hoflin was able to keep the Ice in front.
Kootenay made adjustments in the intermission and were able to slow the Warriors' attack down in the middle frame and had a 13-4 advantage on the shot clock.
Warriors 17-year-old goalie Brody Willms was solid between the pipes, keeping Moose Jaw within striking distance as it remained a one-goal game after forty minutes.
Throughout the third, the Warriors pressed for an equalizer as they outshot Kootenay 14-6 in the period, which included ringing the puck off of the crossbar once and the post another time, but they still weren't able to beat Hoflin, who picked up his first shutout of the season.
The loss was the Warriors' first in regulation this season, they were the last WHL team to lose in regulation.
Moose Jaw will continue their Central Division road trip on Thursday with a stop in Calgary to take on the Hitmen. Western Nissan Warriors Hockey is back on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.