The second game of a two-game Alberta set. Tonight's opponent was the Medicine Hat Tigers and Tyler Bunz. The Warriors clawed back three times to even the game and played with a tenacious effort, but in the end fell 6-3 to the Tigers. Spencer Tremblay kept the game close frustrating the Tiger shooters with timely saves. Bunz also turned away plenty of quality Warriors' chances foiling any type of a comeback by the team. The Warriors fired 38 shots at the Tigers net, but were only able to beat Bunz three times.
The third period saw the Warriors claw back into the game only to fall behind again. Kendall McFaull tied the game early in the third when he floated a shot toward the net from the blueline. The Tigers grabbed the lead for good with a goal midway through the period. Then the Tigers added two empty net goals to make the final 6-3.
The second period saw both teams play fairly cautiously. The Tigers grab the lead 3-2 late in the second period. The Warriors pushed vehemently to tie the game. Howden had a fantastic chance but Tigers goalie Tyler Bunz turned him away. The Warriors continued to put pucks at Bunz with 11 more in the frame. Both Bunz and Warriors goaltender Spencer Tremblay foiled many opportunities for the opposing teams to light the lamp.
Justin Kirsch got the Warriors on the board with a powerplay goal. Kirsch wired a wrist shot from the high slot, Cam Braes and Quinton Howden set him up. Braes, with the assist, recorded his first point as a Warrior. Howden also recorded his first point since returning from the World Junior Championship on January 6th. Cam Braes got his first goal as a Warrior late in the first to tie the game at 2-2. The Warriors fired 13 shots at the Tigers net.
The Warriors will finally return home to end the weekend with a date against Brandon. Sunday night is the first of three home dates for the Warriors next week. The Warriors will welcome the Victoria Royals mid-week and then square off with the Kootenay Ice next Friday for the final time this regular season. Before ending the week in the Queen City to challenge the Pats next Saturday night, which is also Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.
Tremblay made 20 saves on 24 shots