Moose Jaw Warriors rookie Brayden Tracey scored with 1:20 to go in overtime Saturday, completing the comeback for the Warriors on Sportsnet’s Saturday Showcase with a 3-2 result against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
For the first 40 minutes of Saturday’s contest at Mosaic Place, fans were treated to a goaltending battle between Moose Jaw’s Adam Evanoff and Lethbridge’s Reece Klassen. With both team’s on the tail-end of a back-to-back, the goalies brought their A-game between the pipes. Through two periods, Klassen had 20 saves while Evanoff had 18 to his credit as well.
A talented selections of skaters on both sides would find their way past both goaltenders though in the third as the scoring amped up.
Just shy of five minutes into the final period of regulation, the Hurricanes came up ice. As Jake Elmer put a shot on net through traffic, it deflected off of the skate of 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens and right to Taylor Ross, who buried his team-leading 13th goal of the season.
Roughly four minutes later, Keltie Jeri-Leon doubled the Hurricanes’ lead, picking up the loose puck off a battle along the boards, skating in, and sniping the puck high glove-side on Evanoff.
Through it all, Klassen continued to be impossible to beat, but the Warriors would eventually find a response from the stick of their captain Josh Brook (Montreal Canadiens).
Put on the power play with less than four minutes left in the game, the Warriors moved the puck around. After getting down to one side, in the time it took Klassen to recover to the middle of the net, the puck had been sent to the point and fired into the net by Brook, getting the home side on the board.
Less than two minutes later, the Warriors’ leading goal scorer Tristin Langan got in on the scoring action. As he attempted a pass through the crease while down low, it took a bad bounce and beat Klassen to tie up the game. That pushed the contest into overtime, where Tracey completed the comeback.
Just 61 seconds into the extra period, Tracey took a tripping penalty that put the Warriors down a man. However, his team would rally, killing off a power play, regaining control of the puck and bringing the attack to the Hurricanes.
With the Warriors turning up the pressure, the Hurricanes attempted to clear the puck up the boards, but a pinching Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks) slipped the puck past two Lethbridge defenders and right onto the stick of Tracey, who turned around and sniped the puck blocker-side on Klassen, sending the Warriors to their seventh victory in their past 10 games.
Evanoff finished the game with the victory, his fourth of the season, with 25 saves. Klassen stopped 33 in a valiant effort for the Hurricanes, who had their two-game winning streak snapped, settling for the single point.
The next Sportsnet Saturday Showcase game in Western Canada will take place Saturday, January 5, 2018 (1:30 p.m. MT) when the Medicine Hat Tigers head west to battle the Calgary Hitmen!