Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Photo by Cory Kerr
Game Story: Blades at Warriors

The Moose Jaw Warriors increased their lead atop the East Division with a 5-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades tonight at Mosaic.

In a final showdown of the 2011-12 regular season, the Warriors came from behind to gain a nine point lead over the Blades in the division. But more significantly, the Warriors keep winning to push the Edmonton Oil Kings for that number one spot in the Eastern Conference.

Kenton Miller continues (to raise eyebrows outside of the organization with) his offensive output this season. The veteran forward scored his first career WHL hat trick in the game and now has 26 goals during this campaign. Miller was the lone scorer in the final period. Coming into the contest tonight, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native, had scored five game winning goals in the last five Warriors victories. Miller sealed the game by scoring the fourth and fifth Warriors' goals.

The second period was an offensive outburst for the Warriors. The home side scored four goals to take a two goal lead heading into the third. Miller ended the four goal outburst by his club with just less than three minutes remaining in the frame. Quinton Howden got it started on the powerplay with his 25th of the season. Kenton Miller scored his first of two in the period 28 seconds later to tie the game. Cam Braes gave the Warriors the lead on a nice dish by Sam Fioretti.

The Warriors fell behind the eight ball in the first period. Jesse Paradis opened the scoring. Then Lukas Sutter added to the Blades lead. After the first period of play, the visitors had a two-goal lead.

Miller was named the game's first star, Sam Fioretti was named star two, with his tenacious effort and he set the game winning goal. Darren Dietz of the Blades got the nod as the third star. Dylan McIlrath was named the Hardest Working Warrior of the game.

The Medicine Hat Tigers come to Mosaic in the first of a home-and-home set Friday night. Puck drop will be the usual 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place. Saturday is the return match with the Tigers at the Medicine Hat Arena game time is 830 p.m. CST.

Photo by Stephen Simon

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1. SAS J. Paradis, (15) (D. Dietz, J. Trask), 13:04 (SH)

1. SAS L. Sutter, (25) (K. Schmidt, D. Thrower), 19:46

2. M.J Q. Howden, (25) , 7:55 (PP)

2. M.J K. Miller, (24) (C. Beach), 8:23

2. M.J C. Braes, (33) (S. Fioretti), 16:23

2. M.J K. Miller, (25) (C. Beach, K. McFaull), 17:10

3. M.J K. Miller, (26) 14:18

31 Luke Siemens 60:00 26 Shots 24 saves 2GAA

PP 1/4 and the PK was 4/4

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