Warriors Win Game 3 With Stunning Comeback

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders

Your Moose Jaw Warriors came flying out the gate, on Tuesday March 25th at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, as they were hoping to get a 2-1 lead in what has so far been a much more competitive a series then most people expected.

But that "flying out the gate" stuff didn't account for playing defence, as they slipped up in the first minute of play, allowing the Curtis Miske to slip one past goaltender Brody Willms and give his Raiders a quick 1-0 lead. 

Ryan Peckford evened the score shortly after, as he popped home a loose puck during a scramble in front of the Raiders goal. 

Although period one ended up locked at 1-1, it was clear that Moose Jaw was the stronger team, doubling Prince Albert in shots on net and dominating the ice with physical play.

The second period began the way the first one ended, with the Warriors in complete control, looking for more goals. The Warriors struck about halfway through the frame, Brayden Burke buried home a Jayden Halbgewachs offering. Raider goalie Ian Scott had no chance on it. 2-1 good guys.

But then something happened, the wheels on the cart fell off and suddenly Brody Willms couldn't save shots.

Burke took a high-sticking penalty and defender Vojtech Budik capitalized on it. Then, only a few minutes after that, Jordan Stallard netted his third of the playoffs. 

The Warriors may have been severely dominating the action, nearly doubling the Raiders in shots, but the Raiders took the shots that mattered, the ones that hit the mesh. 3-2 Raiders going into the third. 

Justin Nauchbar added a goal in the 17th minute of period three and it looked all but over for the Warriors, but they just wouldn't die. They showed why they were the best team in the league in the dying moments of period three.  Josh Brook scored at 18:23 to make it 4-3, then at 19:10 Brett Howden scored his third of the series to tie it up.

For the second game in a row it would be decided in overtime and Brayden Burke made absolute sure of it 19 seconds into the extra frame. The stunning come-from-behind victory was complete. The Warriors win. 5-4.

They now lead the series 2-1. The next game is in Prince Albert tomorrow night. 

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