Six different players picked up goals on Wednesday to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 6-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Yegor Buyalski, Brayden Tracey and Tristin Langan. Daemon Hunt, Dalton Hamailuk and Cameron Sterling would then score in the third period for Moose Jaw to seal the win.
Hunt, a Brandon product, says the Warriors' quick start was key to the victory, "We haven't had the greatest starts, but we took it to them in the first and played the rest of the 60 and took the win," he said.
The Wheat Kings are fighting for a playoff spot, currently four points out of the final wild-card spot. Associate Coach Mark O'Leary said he was expecting more pushback from the Wheat Kings in the game.
"I liked our start and anytime you put a team behind 3-0, it's going to change the way that they play," said O'Leary.
"For whatever reason, [the game] just didn't have that flair that we maybe thought it did, I don't think that was anything from our wrongdoing, we took care of business a couple of games ago and we did what we had to do, we had some guys have good games here tonight and we feel okay about tonight's game."
Both teams had their moments of pressure in the first period, as they combined for 23 shots on net but there were also moments where both teams made good defensive plays to break up a quality scoring chance.
Moose Jaw picked up the game's first goal almost four minutes into the game when Daniil Stepanov drove to the Brandon right circle and put a shot on net, the rebound bounced over to Buyalski on the left wing where he pushed in his sixth of the season.
With seven minutes left in the period, Brandon turned the puck over to Brayden Tracey in the neutral zone, the WHL rookie scoring leader came into the Wheat King zone on the right wing and was able to get around the defenceman, cut to the net and lift the puck over Jiri Patera for his 36th of the season.
On the power-play with five and a half minutes left in the period, Josh Brook had the puck on top of the right circle and was able to move it cross-ice to Justin Almeida, who made a hard cross-ice pass towards the right goal line where Langan hammered in his team-leading 51st goal.
Brandon was quick to respond and only 24 seconds later, Stelio Mattheos was able to convert on a drive to the top of the Moose Jaw crease to make it a two-goal game.
The second period had its moment but neither team was able to add to their goal totals and the Warriors took their lead to the third period.
Brandon pulled to within one with a goal from Caiden Daley inside the two-minute mark of the third period, but the Warriors came back with a goal from Hunt just a few minutes later to go back up by two.
With their season on the line, Brandon pulled their goalie in the final two minutes, which led to empty-net goals to end the game for Hamaliuk and Sterling, which was his first career WHL.
Moose Jaw was 1-for-2 on the power-play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
With the win, the Warriors have now tied a franchise record, which was set last season, with 23 road wins. They can break that record on Friday in Swift Current.
The Warriors finish the regular season with a home-and-home against the Broncos, which finishes on Saturday at Mosaic Place.