Spokane, WA – The Spokane Chiefs handed the Moose Jaw Warriors their second loss in as many nights thanks to two power play goals in the opening frame, to come out on top 2-1 in front of 2,907 fans at the Spokane Arena on Wednesday night.
Moose Jaw’s Tristan Langan would put it home a Luka Burzan shot out front to give Moose Jaw a early 1-0 lead at the 7:44 mark of the first period.
Later in the first Warriors 6-foot-8 defenceman Oleg Sosunov took an interference call that would lead to Hudson Elynuik putting home a a Riley Woods pass that was all started by Filip Kral at 13:45 of the opening period. Less than four minutes later, Tanner Jeannot would take a tripping call that would ultimately lead to the game winning goal courtesy of Nolan Reid’s point shot that found it’s way past netminder Brody Wilms at the 17:35 mark of the first.
“I think we’re simplifying the power play a little bit,” head coach Dan Lambert said. “When we get an opportunity, we just get pucks to net. I don’t think the goals tonight were anything spectacular other than getting pucks to the net in traffic.”
The Moose Jaw Warriors had a chance to tie the game mid-way through the third as Dawson Weatherill left his post and Jayden Halbgewachs got a hold of the puck with a wide open cage, but Chiefs Riley Woods got his stick on it to keep Spokane in the lead.
Moose Jaw’s Brody Willms would leave the lonely end of the rink to get the extra man on for Moose Jaw, but a Jett Woo tripping call would kill the Warriors chances of tying the game as Spokane held on to beat Moose Jaw 2-1. The Warriors fall to 7-3 on the year while Spokane improves to 6-5 which is good for 12 points and third in the U.S. division.
Spokane’s Dawson Weatherill has started all but one game for the Chiefs this season and he’s appeared in all 11 games so far.
“It’s been pretty tough to get used to, but we have a really good schedule with lots of practices to get me ready for games and coach gives us a lot of down time to recover,” Weatherill said.
“I think it’s fair to say that Weatherill has put himself in a situation where he is our number one right now,” Lambert said. “Because of our schedule, it seems like we’ve had a day off between each game which allows him to recuperate and recover.”
The Spokane Chiefs went 2-for-4 on the Power Play while the Moose Jaw Warriors failed to convert on two chances on the man advantage. Chiefs goaltender Dawson Weatherill stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced. Moose Jaw’s Brody Willms kicked out 24 of the 26 pucks Spokane threw his way in the loss.
“I thought Dawson certainly helped us out,” Lambert said. “Early in the game when we weren’t sharp, he was. The Warriors are a good hockey team. They came at us early and I thought after the first period we didn’t give them very many great chances, which was crucial.”
The Moose Jaw Warriors have a day off tomorrow before a Friday night tilt in Everett against Silvertips. The same goes for the Chiefs as they have a day off tomorrow before they host the Kamloops Blazers Friday night. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05pm PST time puck drop on Friday.