MOOSE JAW – One of the stingiest teams in the WHL put on a clinic Friday night, Feb. 9, as the Moose Jaw Warriors blanked the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-0.
Through 53 games, the league leading Warriors have only allowed 157 goals against, putting them second in that category to the Everett Silvertips.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak and five-game point streak for the visiting Hurricanes, who only managed to put 20 shots on Moose Jaw netminder Brody Willms.
Vince Loschiavo started things for the host team just over eight minutes in, beating Hurricanes started Logan Flodell for his 15th of the season and the eventual game winner. Then, with four minutes to play in the first, former Hurricane Brayden Burke fired his 26th past Flodell to cap the scoring for the evening.
From that point on the Warriors clamped down defensively, limiting Lethbridge to only five shots in the third period.
On a positive note, the ‘Canes did manage to shut-down the Warriors’ sixth ranked power play, stopping all four man advantages they faced. That said, the Hurricanes third ranked pp also came up short on three attempts.
With the first matchup of a three-game road trip now in the books, Lethbridge moves on to face Regina on Saturday, Feb. 10. They’ll then head west for an important game against the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook on Monday, Feb. 12.
The Hurricanes currently hold a five-point cushion over the Ice – who beat Regina Friday night by a score of 4-2 – for second place in the Central Division standings, and have played two fewer games.
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