Moose Jaw wasn’t able to hold onto a two goal first period lead Saturday as their road trip wrapped up with a disappointing 6-2 loss to the Kootenay Ice at Western Financial place.
The game started with a bang, eleven seconds in Torrin White created a turnover on a Kootenay clearing attempt. White pushed the puck to the net where Jack Rodewald chipped in his 14th of the year.
Kootenay tried to respond, outshooting the tribe 6-2 in the first ten minutes of the game but the Warriors fore-check was able to put them in a two-goal hole at 9:43.
Sam Fioretti and Tanner Eberle beat the Ice along the wall behind the Kootenay; Eberle feathered a pass onto the tape of Scott Cooke in front of the net for his fourth of the year.
Moose Jaw had problems throughout the period coming out of their zone with resulted in second and sometime third opportunities, for Kootenay.
With under four minutes remaining in the first the Warriors turned the puck over trying to come out, Jaedon Descheneau went from the right boards to the goal line for a shot, the rebound spit to the front of the net where Sam Reinhart scored to make it a one-goal game.
Kootenay started the second on the power play and it didn’t take long for them to score an equalizer, 18 seconds into the period Reinhart scored his second of the game to tie it at two.
The Ice took the lead at 8:35 when Austin Vetterl cashed in on a goal mouth scramble. Kootenay import 19-year-old Tim Bozon added another goal in the period, putting the tribe in a two-goal heading into the third.
7:19 into the third the Warriors won’t able to clear the puck out of their zone, that allowed the Ice to set up a wrist shot from Landon Peel at the blue line that deflected past Paulic to make it 5-2 Kootenay.
That goal spelled the end for Paulic as he allowed five goals on 33 shots, 15-year-old Brody Willms came in to finish the game.
Kootenay added the hat trick goal from Reinhart late in the third and went onto the four goal win.
The tribe went 0-4-0-2 on their six games in ten day road trip. After the game the team made the long trip back home, they’ll return to Mosaic Place for practice this week and prepare for games against Prince George and Regina next weekend.