The Moose Jaw Warriors return to Mosaic Place was successful as they skated to a 5-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday night.
The Warriors jumped on the Raiders in the first, outshooting the visitors 17-7. Quinton Howden returned to the lineup and his impact was felt immediately, scoring a highlight reel goal at 7:48.
Midway thru the first Howden set up Carter Hansen for a 4-on-3 power play goal, and over a minute and a half later Sam Fioretti made it a 3-0 Warrior lead.
Cody Beach added to the Moose Jaw lead in the second with a power play goal at 2:04, which happened to be his first goal of the year.
The Raiders broke up the shutout when a Tyler Hart shot bounced off Warrior rookie Travis Brown and snuck past the goal line. Moose Jaw would respond two minutes later with another power play goal from Beach. Prince Albert would get a goal back late in the frame with Jonas Knutson marker.
The teams skated to a scoreless third, and when the dust settled, the tribe walked away with the 5-2 win.
Beach led the Warriors with two goals and three points; Howden had a goal and two points; Brett Lyon had two assists; Eric Arnold and Morgan Rielly had on assist each; Luke Siemans made 18 saves for the win; the Warriors were 3-for-7 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The game marked the regular season debut's for Joel Edmundson and Howden, who both returned from injuries sustained while at NHL rookie camps.
Howden says going into the game, he didn't want to put to much pressure on himself. "I was just trying to go out there and find my rhythm again. It's been a while since I've been in a game at that speed, things worked out as the game went on."
Howden, along with linemates Cody Beach and Carter Hansen accounted for three goals six points. Howden says he enjoyed playing along side his linemates. "They're both good hockey players. We're talking out there, had good communication, we're finding the open holes. We just have to keep going, keep doing what we're doing and we should be good for the future."
The Warriors will practice this afternoon, which will mark the first time that newly acquired forwards Kenton Miller and Justin Kirsch will skate with the club. The duo was picked up Wednesday afternoon in a trade with the Calgary Hitmen.
Coming up tomorrow the Warriors will load up the bus and head east for a clash with the Brandon Wheat Kings. They're back home Saturday for their first meeting of the season against the Regina Pats.