Brodan Salmond stood tall with 47 saves against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, who despite firing 50 shots at the Moose Jaw netminder fell 4-3 in overtime.
Josh Brook and Justin Almeida both scored twice in the victory, while Jake Elmers’ recorded a three-point night in a losing cause.
Elmer got the evening going early for the Hurricanes who dominated most of this game. Scoring his 21st goal of the season on a rebound in front. Justin Hall and Alex Cotton collected the assists on the play just 5:20 into the game.
Lethbridge continued the pressure and almost doubled the lead but captain Jordy Bellerive fanned on a shot in the slot.
The Warriors caught a break when Nolan Jones was called behind the play for cross-checking, Working quickly, Moose Jaw put together a beautiful tic-tac-goal, finished off on the side of the net by Brook, his 11th goal on the season to tie the game. This highlight reel style goal was assisted by Amedia and Brayden Tracey.
The tie would be short lived as 32 seconds later a bomb from Calen Addison finds it way behind Brodan Salmond giving the home side a 2-1 lead. That goal seemed to lift the Hurricanes as they poured on the pressure throughout the rest period including a wraparound chance by Jake Leschynsyn which was stopped by Salmond and a Scott Mahovlich shot that rang off the crossbar.
This pressure led Coach Tim Hunter to use his timeout with six minutes to play in the opening frame.
The moved worked as the visitors settled in and the period ended without further damage. Shots in the first heavily favoured Lethbridge 21-8.
Lethbridge started the second period with a man advantage, and taking full advantage was Taylor Ross, sniping his 25th of the season to make it a two-goal lead for the home side.
Moose Jaw received their second powerplay chance not long after and once again made short work of the man advantage. Almeida found the perfect shot and it went post and in. Moose Jaw cut the lead to 3-2.
A huge moment and the turning point in the game would follow.
Tristian Langan and Matthew Sanders both received a minor giving the Hurricanes a five-on-three for just over a minute.
Lethbridge was moving the puck well but was unable to cash in with Salmond standing tall. The Warriors killed off both penalties, and they pushed back before they were rewarded for there efforts.
Almeida again picked his spot going top corner on Carl Tetachuk and that tied the teams up at 3-3 heading into the final frame. The powerplay goal was assisted by Langan and Brook. Second period shots were 17-8 for the Hurricanes.
Over the final 20 minutes, both teams conditioning and stamina would be tested as a track meet broke out.
End-to-end action saw both sides get chances to take the lead and take over the game but neither was able to do so.
The closest moment came with a goalmouth scramble that needed to be reviewed, unfortunately for the home side, the call was against them as it was inconclusive. Salmond somehow kept the puck out of the net according to the camera footage.
This game needed overtime, third period shots were again in favour of the Hurricanes as they were up 12-8.
The extra frame only lasted 35 seconds, as on a delayed penalty to the Hurricanes, Brook fired it past Tetachuk to complete the comeback win for the Warriors 4-3. That was the lone shot in overtime and the final shot count was 50-25.
Shooting the breeze: Powerplays was the overall story, Mosse Jaw was a perfect 3-for-3 and scored the game winner on a delayed penalty call. The Hurricanes only managed one goal on five chances with the man advantage. First time this season the Hurricanes recorded 50 shots. Salmond 47 saves were enough to be named the game’s first star, this marks the second straight game the visiting goalie stole a win for his team as Tuesday night Max Paddock did the same for the Pats. Carl Tetachuk struggled a bit in this game but still managed 21 saves in the loss, it was his fourth straight start. Lethbridge falls to 27-15-5-5 on the season and still sit in second in the division one point behind the Oil Kings. Next up for Lethbridge is a home contest Saturday vs top ranked Prince Albert Raiders. Moose Jaw will visit the Rebels in Red Deer. Rebels sit in the first wild card spot.