It wasn't pretty for 40 mintues, but the Moose Jaw Warriors got the job done when it counted on Tuesday night against the Victoria Royals. They scored three in the third period to come storming back for a 4-3 shootout win at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
“After we did so many good things in Red Deer, to come back and put up that kind of effort in the first 40 wasn't really acceptable, but they rebounded and we'll take that any day,” said assistant coach Mark O'Leary on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.
The tribe trailed 2-0 heading into the final frame and didn't get on the board until midway through the period when Travis Brown picked up his fourth of the season after some hard work from Brett Brooks – who got his first point of the season with an assist on the goal – and Miles Warkentine.
O'Leary says that line, which also included Brandon Potomak for the night, played with a lot of energy throughout the game and was the team's best line, “They certainly don't get as many opportunities as a lot of other lines, but they were pretty good and it was just pure work ethic. You're happy for them and any time they can contribute, that's just great for the team.”
Assistant coach Mark O'Leary Post-Game
The Royals were able to regain the two-goal lead just three minutes after Brown's marker as Tim Traber scored his first of the season on a breakaway to make it 3-1 for Victoria with under seven minutes to go.
That's when the Warriors turned it on as they continued to press the Royals hard and at 16:06 of the third, Justin Kirsch scored a power play goal to pull Moose Jaw within one. The Warriors continued to come at the Royals and with just over a minute to go in the game, Morgan Rielly stepped in front of a Royals breakout pass and fed Brayden Point between the circles where he ripped his seventh of the year to tie the game at 3-3.
Overtime solved nothing, meaning for the second straight night, the Warriors were going to the shootout, which haven't been good to the tribe so far this season, losing all four coming into the game.
Victoria's Logan Nelson scored on the first chance and Brayden Point was stopped; Justin Kirsch scored in the second round to the shootout at 1-1; Ben Walker, Sam Fioretti, and then Alex Gogolev – who scored in the second period for Victoria – were all stopped on the next shots; that set up Jordan Messier to be the hero for Moose Jaw as snapped the puck past Patrik Polivka for the 4-3 win.
“The third period we came out with nothing to lose, and even giving up a goal right after we got on the board and to their credit it would have been pretty easy to shut it down there,” said O'Leary. “Maybe the Hockey Gods were just on our side. We pulled off a win when we weren't very good for most of the night.”
Daniel Wapple got the start for the Warriors and made 19 saves to pick up the win. Polivka was very good for the Royals in the loss, making 33 saves.
Both teams finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play in a very rough game at the start with several scrums around the net in the first period resulting in lots of four-on-four play.
Point finished the game with a goal and two points to lead the way for Moose Jaw. “Even in the first two periods when we weren't as strong, he still made some plays that just make you shake your head. He's so skilled and slippery for a little guy, and comes up with so many loose pucks, so he was just doing his thing and (the game tying goal) was obviously a big one.”
The win moves Moose Jaw to .500 on their current seven-game road trip and improves their record to 9-11-3-4 on the year. They sit in a four-way tie for second in the East Division.
The tribe will now back up the bus and head back on the ferry to the mainland where they'll take on the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday night at the Pacific Coliseum. The Pre-Game Show will be on the air on Country 100 starting at 8:40pm.
It isn't how you win, but that you win. That's the story of the Saskatchewan Roughriders season so far and it was on display again on Sund
A Labour Day Classic game with meaning. That is what’s in store for Sunday at Mosaic Stadium as the Saskatchewan Roughriders hook-up
In the end, Weston Dressler's familiarity with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Rider Nation was what brought him back to the green and wh
Rocky Balboa said it best, “It's not how hard you get hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep getting up.” That could apply to the
Two Moose Jaw field lacrosse players will be going against the best Canada has to offer this weekend when they take part in two national cha
Dustin Perillat's first stint in Moose Jaw didn't last long last year. The Moose Jaw Warriors prospect started the season on the Moose Ja
The Saskatchewan Roughriders confirmed what the entire province has been talking about Thursday morning, Weston Dressler is back in green
The Rambler Park Fastball League Playoffs come to Moose Jaw on Thursday night for two games at Memorial Field. The fifth place Moose Jaw Gi
Darian Durant left last Sunday's game in BC with an injury to his throwing hand, but that's about as much as has been revealed about the S
The Cleave family packed up for the summer and hit the road to archery tournaments around the country. It was a very successful summer fo
Weston Dressler is on his way back to Saskatchewan. Reports on Twitter from the Winnipeg Free Press' Gary Lawless and Arash Madani of Spo
The Moose Jaw Warriors aren’t coming away from their first preseason game disappointed, despite losing 4-3 in overtime to the Swift Curr
Tad Kornegay was back in green and white on Wednesday, for one more day at least. The former CFL defensive back signed a one-day contract
The Labour Day long weekend is just about here and with the annual Labour Day Classic coming up on Sunday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders ar
There will be another Saskatchewan golfer on the PGA Tour next year as Moose Jaw born Adam Hadwin picked up his first Tour Card on the weeke