MOOSE JAW, SK. - A shorthanded goal midway through the third period lifted the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Moose Jaw Warriors would draw first blood in this game. After a strong start in the first 8 minutes, Warriors defenceman Kendall McFaull sent a point shot through a crowd of players, beating Brandon Anderson high on the glove side to give Moose Jaw a 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later the Warriors would get another one. This time it would be Morgan Rielly tapping home the puck to put the home team ahead 2-0. That's the way the period would end. Moose Jaw ended up outshooting Lethbridge 13-7.
In the second, the Hurricanes would get on the scoreboard. Brady Ramsey took a pass from Sam McKechnie for his first goal of the season to cut the Moose Jaw lead to 2-1. Before the end of the period the Canes were get back to even terms. Brady Ramsey stole the puck off a defensive give-away and put it by Luke Siemens to tie the game at 2-2. The Warriors held the edge in shot on goal 25-16 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Warriors woulf regain their one goal lead with a short-handed goal. The Hurricanes got caught on the power play when Sean Aschim took a feed from Brett Lyon on a two-on-one rush and beat Anderson to give Moose Jaw a big 3-2 lead. The Hurricanes would try to even the score again, but that would be as close as they would get in this one. The Warriors would hold on for a 3-2 victory. The Hurricanes were out shot 35-21. The loss drops the Hurricanes to one game below the .500 mark at 2-3. Lethbridge went 0/3 on the power pla and Moose Jaw 0/5.
It wasn't a poorly played game by Lethbridge. They found a way to erase a 2-0 deficit after the first period. They played with the Warriors all night. It was just the shorthanded goal that turned out to be the difference. Brady Ramsey continues to play well for the Hurricanes in the first 5 games of the season. The Hurricanes played without rookie forward Jay Merkely Wednesday. He wasn't feeling too well and sat the game out.
The Hurricanes will play game two of this Saskatchewan road trip Friday when they take on the Pats in Regina. Game time is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC. Lethbridge will stop in Swift Current Saturday before returning home next Tuesday to host Edmonton at the ENMAX Centre.
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