The Moose Jaw Warriors (9-11-3-4, 25pts) scored twice late in the third and then earned the extra point in a 4-3 shoot out win over the host Victoria Royals (13-12-0-1, 27pts) Tuesday night.
“It was our inability to close them…” said Royals Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto, “When you have a 2 goal lead you have to bring the game home, you have to find ways to win the game.”
The win snaps a 4 game winless streak for the Warriors, while the Royals wrap up their 6 game homestand with a (3-2-0-1) record.
Moose Jaw trailed 2-0 going into the third, after Brandon Magee (12th) in the first and Alex Gogolev (11th) on the power play in the second, had Victoria up by a pair.
D Travis Brown cut the lead in half before Tim Traber scored his first of the season on a breakaway to re-establish the Royals 2 goal lead.
The Warriors who out shot the home team 19-5 in the third and 36-22 on the night scored twice with less than 4 minutes to play on goals by Brayden Point (1g 1a) and Justin Kirsch with the goaltender pulled, to force the extra inning. Morgan Rielly assisted on both those goals.
After a scoreless overtime, Logan Nelson scored the lone goal for the Royals in the 4 round shoot out, while the Warriors got goals from Kirsch and Jordan Messier for the extra point.
It was Moose Jaw’s first shoot out victory of the season in 5 opportunities (1-4), while Victoria suffered their first loss (2-1).
G Daniel Wapple earned his 3rd win of the season with a 19 save performance, while Patrik Polivka allowed 3 goals on 36 shots and falls to a record of (10-6-0-1).
Both clubs went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Alex Gogolev extends his point streak to 10 games with his goal (4g 7a) 11 points in that stretch. Logan Nelson pushes his streak to 7 games (3g 7a), while Ben Walker had his 5 game point streak snapped.
The Royals saw the return of F Tim Traber after missing 6 games to injury. They also had Captain Tyler Stahl back after serving a two game suspension. F Jamie Crooks played his 250 career WHL game.
Victoria now travels to Prince George for a pair of games Friday and Saturday, then back home for games against Vancouver and Swift Current before the Christmas break.
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (SO) at Victoria Royals 3 - Status: Final SO
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Moose Jaw 0 0 3 0 - 4
Victoria 1 1 1 0 - 3
1, Victoria, Magee 12 (Zgraggen), 7:00.
Penalties-Uhrich M.j (roughing), 2:08; Traber Vic (roughing), 2:08; Messier M.j (roughing), 6:21; Carroll Vic (roughing), 6:21; Cote Vic (interference), 12:08; McFaull M.j (tripping), 15:53; Brown M.j (roughing), 19:30; Carroll Vic (roughing), 19:30; Edmundson M.j (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
2, Victoria, Gogolev 11 (Crooks, Nelson), 1:20 (PP).
Penalties-Messier M.j (charging), 4:16; Edmundson M.j (cross checking), 14:54; Kirsch M.j (10-minute misconduct), 14:54; Deacon Vic (cross checking), 14:54; Kanzig Vic (elbowing), 19:35.
3, Moose Jaw, Brown 4 (Warkentine, Brooks), 10:27.
4, Victoria, Traber 1 (Deacon, Kanzig), 13:14.
5, Moose Jaw, Kirsch 11 (Rielly, Point), 16:05 (PP).
6, Moose Jaw, Point 7 (Rielly), 18:56.
Penalties-Potomak M.j (roughing), 2:35; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 2:35; Kanzig Vic (roughing), 2:35; Edmundson M.j (tripping), 6:32; Hicketts Vic (interference), 15:32.
Moose Jaw 2 (Point NG, Kirsch G, Fioretti NG, Messier G),
Victoria 1 (Nelson G, Magee NG, Walker NG, Gogolev NG).
Shots on Goal-
Moose Jaw 8-5-19-4-1-37.
Power Play Opportunities-
Moose Jaw 1 / 4; Victoria 1 / 4.
Moose Jaw, Wapple 3-5-0-2 (22 shots-19 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 10-6-0-1 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).