Friday, October 10, 2014

Moosed Jaw 3 Kootenay 1

From Chris Wahl ...

Two power-play goals helped the Moose Jaw Warriors take away a 3-1 victory over the Kootenay ICE at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw Thursday.

ICE goaltender Keelan Williams made 35 saves in his first career WHL start and was named the game's first star.

The Warriors tested Williams early, firing 16 shots his way in the opening frame, but the two sides were unable to muster any offense in period one.

Moose Jaw opened the scoring 4:40 into the second period on a power-play as Torrin White knocked a rebound in past Williams.

The Warriors added to their lead with 9:01 left in the third period, as 16 year-old Brett Howden put home his fourth goal of the season.

Eight of the 18 shots on goal amassed by the ICE Thursday came in the third period, and Kootenay found the back of the net in the late stages of the game through Luke Philp. The 19 year-old wired home his first career short-handed goal after being sprung in on goal by linemate Jaedon Descheneau to draw Kootenay back to within a goal with 1:46 to play.

The ICE came ever so close to scoring the equalizer moments later only to be denied by Moose Jaw goalie Zach Sawchenko's crossbar.

Tanner Eberle added insurance for the hosts in the closing seconds with a power-play marker. The Warriors finished 2/8 on the man advantage.

Sawchenko, who earlier this week was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week, turned aside 17 shots.

UP NEXT: Kootenay concludes its current four-game road trip Friday in Swift Current. Game time is 7:00 pm.