Warriors Come Back from 3-0 Deficit to Win in Shootout.
The Warriors took a two game losing skid to Medicine Hat on Saturday and were looking to tame the Tigers and get the club back in the wins column. Trouble is, the Medicine Hat Tigers are a tough team and had no plans on taking it easy, certainly not in front of a home crowd at Canalta Centre.
Brodan Salmon got the the start for the tribe and Mads Sogaard was between the pipes for the Tigers.
The game seemed pretty even played until Medicine Hat broke the deadlock in the 15th minute Hayden Ostir from James Hamblin and Josh Williams. The goal was Ostir's fourth.
Instead of mounting some pressure and working on a comeback, Tristan Langan took a two minute minor for hooking, so the crew spent the next couple minutes trying to ear the puck out of their own zone. Ultimately their defence killed off the penalty but it didn't do them much good because the Tigers added a second goal almost immediately afterwards.
Period marked one more period where the Warriors offence continued to struggle. Outside the Almeida/Langan line, the offence seemed nearly non-existent. But the defence was spectacular, killing penalties and keeping shots fired to a minimum.
The score remained 2-0 Tigers going into the third period.
The goal was Tyler Presiuzo's 8th and the Warriors went into period two trailing 2-0.
The third period didn't start out the way Moose Jaw would have liked either. Jaxon Steele scored at 2:25 to put the Tigers up by three goals.
Its entirely possible that Steele’s goal sparked a fire under the Warriors’ asses because they came right back down the ice and ended the shutout. Tate Popple with assists from Dalton Hamaliuk and Brayden Tracey.
Then again, in the twelfth minute, the Warriors struck again and made it a game. The goal was Josh Brook’s 5th of the season, tipping home a pass from Daemon Hunt. If there is one thing you can say about the Warriors in 2018 it’s that even though they aren't winning a lot, they certainly do a great job of keeping every game close.
And would you believe it, the Warriors gone done it. with 19 seconds left on the clock Brayden Tracey beat Sogaard on the blocker side to send the game into overtime. AGAIN.
Tigers 3, Warriors 3
For the first time of the season the Warriors would end a game via the shootout. The goalies were spectacular too. Salmond stopped all three shots he faced and the only one Sogaard allowed was the eventual winner from Tristan Langan.
Warriors pulled off the excellent come from behind victory to win.
At the end of the first extra period the game was still level at 3.
The Warriors will be back at Mosaic Place next Saturday for a meeting with the Saskatoon Blades.