The Moose Jaw Warriors turned in a superior performance with a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday night in front of a sold-out Mosaic Place crowd to stave off elimination in their WHL Eastern Conference Final.
From the opening face-off the Warriors pushed the pace and forechecked hard playing a physical style all game long. But the story was goaltender Justin Paulic.
Paulic was named the starter for Game 4 prior to pre-game skate this morning and he turned in a stellar exhibition of goaltending, thus being named the game’s first star. The save (everyone will talk about around the water cooler) was the glove snag on a cross crease pass to rob Edmonton Oil King Martin Gernat. The 16 year-old Thompson Manitoba native made 28 saves on 29 shots to pace his club to the win.
The powerplay got the club going. As another rookie keeps providing this club with something special, Brayden Point scored his 7th goal of the playoffs with the man advantage. That would be the first of four straight goals by the Warriors in the first two periods of the game. The 20 year-olds carried the offense tonight. Kenton Miller scored a pair, while James Henry and Cam Braes added singles. Henry added two assist to his goal to contribute three points tonight.
The Warriors’ win ended the Oil Kings 22 game winning streak and also handed them their first loss of the 2012 WHL Playoffs. The Warriors and Oil Kings will play Game 5 Friday night from Rexall Place the puck drops just after 7 p.m.
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