Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blades Cut Warriors In OT

The Moose Jaw Warriors came up on the short end of one goal game Tuesday night, falling 4-3 in overtime in Saskatoon.

The Blades took an early lead on a goal from Josh Nicholls 53 seconds into the game. The Warriors would respond at 8:21 with a goal from Jordan Wyton. Sam Fioretti put the team on top with his second of the season at 12:26, deflecting a shot from Dylan McIlrath.

However, the Warriors would get burned late in the frame, as Chris Collins was credited with the tying goal with one second remaining in the frame.

Goalies Luke Siemens (MJ) and Audrey Makarov (SAS) didn't budge in the second, they combined for 21 saves to keep it a 2-2 game going into the third.

The Warriors got into penalty problems midway thru the third, and the Blades capitalized, Duncan Siemens scored at 10:38 to put the home team in front.

With their backs against the wall in the final minute of regulation, the Warriors were put on the power play for the man advantage, plus they pulled their goalie to take a two man advantage. With 10 seconds left Morgan Rielly feathered a pass to Brett Lyon on the bottom right goal line, he snapped into the mesh, propelling the game into overtime.

With a shootout looming, the Warriors were on the receiving end of a bad bounce, resulting in a Darian Dziurzynski goal, and Saskatoon handed the tribe a 4-3 overtime loss.

Luke Siemens made 33 saves and was named the second star; Audrey Makarov’s 36 saves earned him the first star.

Moose Jaw outshot the Blades 39-37 and went 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

Their record drops to 5-2-1 on the year; they'll have the next two days off to get ready for Friday’s battle with the Swift Current Broncos at Mosaic Place.

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