MOOSE JAW, Sask. - Three goals in a 7:20 span of the second period Wednesday was enough to propel the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Western Hockey League.
Justin Kirsch, Tanner Eberle and Morgan Rielly had the goals for the Hurricanes (6-7-1). Justin Paulic made 30 saves to get the win.
"We were slow starting, but I thought as the game went on we got better and better," said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. "We got pucks deeper and were able to get in on them quicker. In the first period we were guilty of hanging back and waiting for their stretch passes.
"We're better when we're pursuing. We're not a team that's comfortable sitting back.”
Sam Mckechnie and Jay Merkley replied for the Warriors (6-5-2), who got 32 saves from Ty Rimmer.
Down 1-0 after the first, Kirsch got the Warriors on the board 2:03 into the second period. Torrin White fired a no-look, back-handed pass in front that Kirsch tipped past a surprised Rimmer.
Eberle then put the Warriors ahead thanks to a great individual effort at 8:02.
Rielly made it 3-1 at 9:23 after Warriors defenceman Travis Brown forced a turnover with a big open ice hit on Jaimen Yakubowski. While Lethbridge's Spencer Galbraith tried to get Brown to fight, Rielly went the other way on the rush and roofed a backhand shot into the top corner.
"We scored some nice goals," said Stothers. "That's probably the only way you're going to beat Rimmer. He's that good."
Merkley scored on a breakaway with just over three minutes to go in the third for the Hurricanes, who saw their four-game point streak snapped.
Lethbridge head coach and general manager Rich Preston wasn't impressed by his team's performance beyond the play of his netminder.
"We weren't very good. We had a good road first period and that was it," he said. "Our goalie was great. He gave us a chance to win."
(Moose Jaw Times-Herald)