(ISN) – For the first time in five years the Moose Jaw Warriors will be playing in the second round of the WHL playoffs. The Warriors won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final 5-2 over the Regina Pats on Friday night in front of a boisterous capacity crowd at Mosaic Place to clinch the series four games to one.
The Warriors started Game 5 very quickly lighting the lamp just 16 seconds into the game. Justin Kirsch broke Joel Edmundson’s fastest goal record in the 2012 WHL playoffs (23 seconds) with his 2nd of the playoffs. Just over five minutes later, the young phenomenon Brayden Point scored his 3rd of the playoffs tucking the puck home past a sprawled out Adam Beukeboom to give the Warriors a two-goal lead. Torrin White would score his first of the playoffs two minutes and thirty-nine seconds later. White’s goal would turn out to be the game winning goal as the Warriors went ahead 3-0. Cody Beach would add a powerplay goal in the latter part of the first to finish off the scoring. As the Warriors would score four and hold the Pats to zero shots on goal in the first twenty minutes.
The Pats would score a goal in the second and another in the third period to cut the Warriors’ lead to two. The Warriors would salt the game away and punch their ticket officially to Round 2 when James Henry scored his second goal of the playoffs with 2:33 left.
Like in four of the five games Warriors goaltender Luke Siemens would face less than 20 shots. The Warriors goaltender stopped 14 of the 16 shots sent his way. Siemens has faced under 20 shots in three of the five games. With his goal and assist on the night James Henry leads the Warriors in playoff scoring with 10 points and is fourth among the 2012 playoff leaders.
The Warriors will now face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round of the 2012 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The first two games will be at Mosaic Place next Friday April 6th and Saturday April 7th both games will start at 7 p.m. Games 3 and 4 will go in Medicine Hat on Tuesday and Wednesday April 10th and 11th. The last time the Warriors faced the Tigers was in the 3rd round of the 2006 WHL playoffs. The Warriors won that series in five games and moved onto the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Vancouver Giants. Tickets for the upcoming games against the Tigers go on sale Saturday (tomorrow) morning at 11 a.m.