Saturday, February 14, 2015

Moose Jaw 5 Kootenay 1

From Chris Wahl ...

Tanner Eberle and Brayden Point both scored twice, and Brody Willms made 32 saves as the Moose Jaw Warriors upended the Kootenay ICE 5-1 Friday at Western Financial Place.

Austin Vetterl scored the lone Kootenay goal, while 16 year-old goaltender Declan Hobbs made his first WHL appearance in third period relief action.

Moose Jaw opened the scoring 3:01 into the first period on import forward Axel Blomqvist's 21st tally of the season, then took a 2-0 lead in the opening half-minute of period two on a short-handed solo effort from Eberle.

Point snapped home a third Warriors goal 6:49 into the middle frame as the visitors took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission.

Eberle extended Moose Jaw's lead just shy of the five-minute mark of the third period, as he cut around a defenseman and wired a shot in off the crossbar.

Vetterl added consolation for the ICE, scoring short-handed at 10:38 of the third period before Point completed the scoring ledger with an empty-net marker in the final two minutes of regulation time.

Willms made 24 of his 32 saves in the opening 40 minutes of play, as the two teams combined for 11 power-play opportunities in all.

Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin stopped 16 shots before being replaced by Hobbs following Eberle's second goal. Hobbs, a native of Saskatoon who joined the ICE for the weekend from the midget Saskatoon Contacts, stopped all ten shots he faced in 15 minutes of action.

UP NEXT: the ICE conclude a seven-game home stand Sunday versus the Saskatoon Blades. Game time is 6:00 pm at Western Financial Place.