Moose Jaw takes Saskatoon to the wire on Tuesday
It came down to the wire on Tuesday night at the Credit Union Centre, but the Saskatoon Blades managed to secure their fifth win in a row defeating the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-4.
"I thought we got ourselves in some penalty problems and they took full advantage of it," said Blades head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken.
Moose Jaw (18-27-3-6) opened the scoring late in the first period on a power play marker from Warriors' leading scorer Sam Fioretti. Two minutes later Tanner Eberle broke away shorthanded and put one past Andrey Makarov giving the visiting team a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Blades (28-21-0-3) battled back in the second period, led by forward Brett Stovin, who scored two goals in 34 seconds to draw the Blades even with Moose Jaw.
"It's been a while since I've put the puck in the net and getting two in one shift like that, breaking a big slump is a pretty great feeling," said Stovin after the game.
Playing on the fourth line last year, Stovin had 13 goals all season. Before Tuesday's two-goal night he admits he's felt like he's been underachieving this season.
"Having these goals tonight, hopefully I'm starting a trend here and hopefully I'll score more towards the end of the season."
"Two real big goals by Stovin got us back in the hockey game and then it was back and forth," said Molleken.
Brayden Point restored the Warrior's lead midway through the second with Moose Jaw's second power play goal, Toronto Maple Leafs' prospect Morgan Reilly recorded his second assist on the night with that goal. But the Blades' leading goal-scorer Josh Nicholls snapped a wrist shot past Justin Paulic to tie the game late in the second period. That's Nicholls' 34th of the season. Nathan Burns and Shane McColgan each had an assist.
Blades' Captain Brenden Walker added his name to the score sheet just seven minutes into the third period with a nice setup play by Matej Stransky and Michael Ferland, with Walker netting his 17th of the season. Walker scored his second of the game on an empty-net, but it proved to be the game-winner as the Warrior's scored with just 5.2-seconds left in the game. Point scored his second of the game with a clapper from the dot past Makarov.
This win puts the Blades just one point back of the Red Deer Rebels and six points back of the division-leading Prince Albert Raiders.
The Blades host the Raiders Wednesday night at the Credit Union Centre.
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