The night started a bit late for both squads as a sheet of glass shattered during warm ups. With a packed stands, the teams took to the ice for a second warm up of the night. First period had a goal a piece from the Wheaties and Warriors. 18 year old Michael Ferland scored the first of the night. Warriors fought back with a marker from Brayden Cuthbert—the first of his WHL career.
Second period was goal filled. Starting with David Toews’s getting one past Heemskerk. Mark Stone made it 3-1 shortly after. Collin Bowman fought back with a power play marker to bring the home team within one. Quinton Howden found the back of Corbin Boes net for a 3-3 score.
Cody Beach started off the third with another Warriors goal to make it 4-3. The Wheaties would keep coming and smash one in for their fourth of the evening from Mark Stone for his second of the match up.
In a heated final few minutes, the Warriors would go on the power play. Mackenzie Royer would manage the game winner with only 8 seconds left. First star of the game went to Quinton Howden with his 2 points and incredible speed and determination. AJ Johnson took home third star with 3 assists.
Tonight’s game was fast paced and showed the Warriors depth of talent. With the rookies taking over for a number of points. Morgan Rielly had 2 points and Jordan Wyton was all over the Wheaties all night.
Warriors load up the bus tomorrow and venture all the way to Brandon for what is sure to be quite the rematch.