The Prince George Cougars spoiled the Moose Jaw Warriors return to Mosaic Place Friday night, as the tribe fell 2-1 in their first game at home in 20 days.
The teams established a quick pace the game. The Warriors fore-check was able to press the Cougars while on the other side of the red line Prince George had good possessions but was kept along the boards and outside the dots.
As the first went on the Warriors were able to throw more pucks towards the Cougars net, eventually holing a 13-6 advantage on the shot clock in the first.
Warriors’ 17-year-old Josh Uhrich was the only player to beat Cougars goalie Ty Edmonds but his shot from the high slot rang of the crossbar. Prince George 19-year-old Troy Bourke led a rush up the ice in the dying seconds of the period; his shot beat Paulic but clanged off the post.
Prince George started the second period strong; they were able to get the game’s first goal when Marc McNulty beat Paulic to finish a rush up the ice at 3:21.
Two minutes later Josh Uhrich tossed the puck towards the net from the right corner; it bounced off some bodies and found its way to the back of the net for his sixth of the year to tie the game at one.
Both teams had chances throughout the frame but neither was able to take the lead heading towards the third. Prince George outshot the tribe 10-7 in the second, while the Warriors were 0-for-2 on the power play in the frame.
Moose Jaw started the third slow, they weren’t able to have a consistent attack and struggled to created opportunities. With just over eight minutes remaining former Warrior Todd Fiddler burned his old club when he beat Paulic between his pads on a Cougar rush.
The Warriors were outshot 9-2 in the third, 19-9 in the final two periods, and 25-22 overall. They finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play and were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Next up for the tribe is a trip into Regina Saturday to renew their rivalry with the Pats. Moose Jaw has struggled against the Pats, posting a 0-4-0-2 record. Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show with James Gallo at 6:40pm.
Brayden Point leads the Warriors with three goals and four points; Jesse Forsberg has four assists; Sam Fioretti and Torrin White have three assists each; Colton McCarthy has two goals; Justin Paulic is 0-2-0-2 with a 2.48gaa and .925sv%; Zach Sawchenko is 0-2 with a 6.75gaa and .813sv%.
Boston Leier leads Regina with seven goals and 14 points; Chandler Stephenson has two goals and nine points; Kyle Burroughs has six assists; Dyson Stevenson has three goals and five points; Braden Christoffer has two goals and five points; Morgan Klimchuk has three goals; Dawson MacAuley is 4-0 with a 1.22gaa and .962sv%.
Halbgewachs Called Up… The Moose Jaw Warriors have called up 16-year-old Jayden Halbgewachs. Halbgewachs was selected 19th overall by Kamloops in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, he was acquired by the Warriors in a trade in December 2012 (Joel Edmundson deal). He leads the Regina Pat Canadians this season with 21 goals, 27 assists, and 48 points in 33 games. He currently sits 6th in scoring in the SMAAAHL.