With an 8-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings Sunday night, the Warriors collected their 18th win of the season on home ice. The Warriors returned home for the first time since 2011, December 28th to be exact. A win against the top team in the conference was the result for the Warriors on that night. And the team returned home in a big way to start 2012 on home ice the way 2011 ended.
A five goal outburst in the third paced the Warriors to the win. The final frame started with a quick goal by Sam Fioretti just 39 seconds in. The Warriors tallied three powerplay goals and Cam Braes registered his second as a Warrior in between those man advantage markers. Justin Kirsch scored his second of the night, Cody Beach and then James Henry, notched his first goal as a Warrior, all with the man advantage to round out the scoring.
The Warriors started the second period breaking the tie when Kirsch scored his 11th goal in 22 games as a Warrior on shot from the wing. Then the Warriors extended the lead to two. Kenton Miller, scored his 12th as a Warrior, lit the lamp to make it 3-1. The Wheat Kings answered the Warriors three goal borage with a tally to make it 3-2 midway through the second period. The Warriors were outshot again, 12 to 9 in the second frame.
The first period started slow, but ended with a flurry of action. Each team had come in losing their previous game. The goal scoring happened in the last two minutes of the period. The Wheat Kings struck first on the powerplay, the Warriors would go on to kill seven straight Wheat Kings' powerplays. The Warriors answered right back. Torrin White scored his eighth of the season, Quinton Howden and James Henry with the assists. Henry registers his first point as a Warrior. The Wheat Kings outshot the Warriors 10-9 in the first.
A few Warriors had big nights for the club. Cam Braes scored a goal and added two assists, Quinton Howden registered three assists, James Henry also recorded a goal and two assists, and Justin Kirsch scored two goals.
The Warriors play the Victoria Royals for the only time this season at Mosaic on Wednesday night. It's a midweek game to help get all you Warriors' fans through the week toward the weekend and make hump-day even more meaningful. Game time is 7 p.m. Catch the action on Country 100FM and James Gallo, if you can get down to the game. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates, scores, and other interesting stuff.
Three Stars: 1 J Kirsch 2 C Braes 3 Q Howden HWW K McFaull
The Warriors were 3/4 on the PP and killed 6 of the 7 Wheat Kings' man advantages.
Luke Siemens has turned aside 29 of 31 Wheat Kings' shots.
T. White, (8) (Q. Howden, J. Henry) 19:38
J. Kirsch, (14) (D. Ehrhardt) 0:14
K. Miller, (15) 9:43
S. Fioretti, (15) (C. Braes) 0:39
J. Kirsch, (15) (Q. Howden, T. Brown) 5:53 (PP)
C. Braes, (26) (J. Kirsch) 7:09
C. Beach, (10) (D. McIlrath, J. Henry) 10:01 (PP)
J. Henry, (7) (Q. Howden, C. Braes) 16:22 (PP)