Cranbrook, BC – Moose Jaw scored 3 first period goals in a 4-1 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Saturday night.
The Warriors (8-8-3-3) scored 3 goals in a span of 1:49 and opened the scoring on the powerplay with a one-time shot from Justin Kirsch.
1:28 later the Warriors made it 2-0 with a powerplay goal from defenseman Joel Edmundson.
21 seconds later the Warriors made it 3-0 with Brandon Potomak scoring his 1st career goal on a goal mouth scramble.
ICE (4-12-1-0) scored midway through the second period with Zach McPhee scoring with a wrist shot high on the glove side.
37 seconds later Moose Jaw defenseman Kirk Johnson scored his 1st career goal with a point shot that beat the screened goalie to make it 4-1.
ICE changed goalies with Wyatt Hoflin replacing Mackenzie Skapski.
The ICE have lost 8 games in a row (7 in a row at home) and the Warriors ended a 7 game losing streak.
This was Moose Jaw’s 22nd game of the season (tied for most in WHL) and Kootenay’s 17th (fewest in WHL).
The next game for the ICE will be the ¼ mark of the season.
The ICE will visit Calgary on Monday.
ICE Scratches – Luke Philp (4th game, indefinite), Jordyn Boyd (1st game, tbd) Erik Benoit (2nd game, 1-2 weeks).
Moose Jaw 8-8-3-3 Kootenay 4-12-1-0
1, Moose Jaw, Kirsch 9 (Point, Fioretti), 8:13 (PP).
2, Moose Jaw, Edmundson 2 (Fioretti, Johnson), 9:41 (PP).
3, Moose Jaw, Potomak 1 (McFaull), 10:01.
Penalties-Zagryadskiy M.j (tripping), 3:48; Simpson Ktn (hooking), 7:18; Martin Ktn (cross checking), 8:35; Edmundson M.j (major-fighting), 14:14; Hubic Ktn (major-fighting), 14:14.
4, Kootenay, McPhee 1 (Cable, Martin), 9:08.
5, Moose Jaw, Johnson 1 (Gore), 9:45.
Penalties-Muth Ktn (charging), 0:37; Wyton M.j (major-fighting), 4:34; Muth Ktn (major-fighting), 4:34; Johnson M.j (roughing), 13:10; Montgomery Ktn (roughing), 13:10; Kirsch M.j (holding), 14:17.
Penalties-Faith Ktn (tripping), 5:59; Brown M.j (holding), 7:04; Leach Ktn (roughing), 18:08; Dirk Ktn (roughing), 18:46.
Shots on Goal-Moose Jaw 11-3-9-23. Kootenay 6-12-8-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Moose Jaw 2 / 6; Kootenay 0 / 3.
Goalies-Moose Jaw, Paulic 5-3-3-2 (26 shots-25 saves). Kootenay, Skapski 4-6-0-0 (14 shots-10 saves); Hoflin 0-5-1-0 (9 shots-9 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Steve Papp (17).