MOOSE JAW, Sask. - For the first time in their Western Hockey League playoff series, the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Calgary Hitmen both brought their best game to the rink.
T.J. Galiardi had a goal and two assists as the Hitmen earned a 3-1 win over the Warriors in a close game Wednesday and took a big 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
Game 5 is Friday at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
Galiardi scored on wrist shot that beat Joey Perricone through the legs 2:44 into the third period to give the Hitmen a 2-1 lead.
The goal came 36 seconds after the Hitmen killed a five-on-three Warriors power-play that lasted 1:52.
The Hitmen added an insurance goal as Kyle Bortis finished a pretty three-way passing play. The line of Bortis, Galiardi and Brandon Kozun were lethal all night.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead on the power-play when Ty Wishart's blast from the point beat Dan Spence.
The Hitmen equalized before the end of the second period as Kozun showed quick hands grabbing a deflected puck out of the air and beating Perricone who was caught going the wrong way on the deflection.
The Warriors are now on the brink of elimination.
Keaton Ellerby served a one-game suspension for his slashing major on Brock Nixon in Game 3.
(Moose Jaw Times-Herald)