It was a four goal first period that extended the winning streak to four.
|Photo by Stephen Simon|
With a 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night at Mosaic Place, the Warriors have collected a road win and three home victories during the current streak. Tonight's home win was their 28th win of the 2011-12 regular season. The first period offensive outburst paced the Warriors to their 41st win on the season and helped them move that much closer to clinching the East Division.
The first period scoring charge was started by rookie winger Eric Arnold who scored his 12th of the season two minutes into the game, Torrin White and Shayne Gwinner with the helpers. Quinton Howden became the third Warrior to score 30 plus goals this season when he scored just past the halfway point of the first. Joel Edmundson scored his first of two on the night to make the lead three. A less than a minute later, February's player of the month, Kenton Miller scored on the powerplay to give the Warriors a four goal lead. With an assist on the man advantage goal, Justin Kirsch registered his 100th career WHL point.
The powerplay would click again just a minute and a half into the middle frame when Kirsch scored his 19th of the season. The Chiliwack, B.C., native would register his third point of the night, with his second assist and the Warriors sixth goal when Edmundson scored his second of the game and the third of the season. The Hurricanes would get on the board with less than a minute left in the period with a man advantage goal by Jaimen Yakubowski. Adam Henry would score another powerplay goal late in third to round out the scoring.
The Warriors win continues to put pressure on the other East Division teams trailing the division leaders as they move closer to clinching top spot. With 41 and counting the Warriors have bested last season's win total of 40 and points of 86. With the win tonight and the Saskatoon loss Saturday night in Red Deer, the Warriors have at least clinched a tie for top spot in the East Division.
The Warriors will look to add to their total on Tuesday when they travel to Lethbridge to finish off the home-and-home set with the Hurricanes. The club then heads north up the QE II to take on the conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings. The game time for both is set for 8 p.m. local.
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1. M.J E. Arnold, (12) (T. White, S. Gwinner), 2:03
1. M.J Q. Howden, (30) (S. Fioretti), 10:43
1. M.J J. Edmundson, (2) (T. White), 15:48
1. M.J K. Miller, (31) (Q. Howden, J. Kirsch), 16:46 (PP)
2. M.J J. Kirsch, (19) (C. Braes, J. Henry), 1:33 (PP)
2. M.J J. Edmundson, (3) (J. Kirsch), 14:20
2. LET J. Yakubowski, (14) 19:43 (PP)
3. LET A. Henry, (4) (N. Buonassisi, J. Watson), 18:10 (PP)
|Photo by Stephen Simon|
Luke Siemens made 19 saves on 21 shots
Warriors PP was 2/8 and the PK was 2/4
1 Justin Kirsch
2 Joel Edmundson
3 Quinton Howden
Hardest Working Warrior Tanner Eberle