Third Period Collapse Proves Costly in Royals 4-3 Shoot-Out Loss to Moose Jaw

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

November 27, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Moose Jaw Warriors scored three third period goals in the last ten minutes of the game to overcome 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and defeat the Victoria Royals 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday evening in WHL action at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

Having lost four games in a row, including the first two on this road trip, the Warriors were hoping to get an early jump on the Royals, but this would not be the case, as the Royals would get the lead at the 7:00 mark of the first, when Brandon Magee would cruise into the offensive zone and wire a beautiful shot past Warriors starter Daniel Wapple to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

The Royals Brandon Magee would open the scoring in the first period against Moose Jaw on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Royals Brandon Magee would open the scoring in the first period against Moose Jaw on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

That however would be the end of any action in the first period, as both teams would not generate many scoring chances the rest of the way, with the Warriors outshooting the Royals just 8-6.

Due to a rash of penalty calls at the end of the first period, the Royals would begin the second period on a 4-on-3 powerplay and this would pay off, as Alex Gogolev took a pass from Jamie Crooks at the right side of the net and wired a short-side shot past Wapple for his 11th of the season to put the Royals up 2-0 just 1:20 into the frame.

Victoria's Alex Gogolev would score his 11th of the season in the second frame to give the Royals a 2-0 lead over Moose Jaw (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Victoria’s Alex Gogolev would score his 11th of the season in the second frame to give the Royals a 2-0 lead over Moose Jaw (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

While the Royals would play a solid defensive period and limit the Warriors to just five shots total for the period, they could not generate any additional offence themselves, and Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka led his team off the ice for the break with his 2-0 shut-out intact.

Moose Jaw defenceman Kirk Johnson carries the puck out of his zone during action against Victoria on Tuesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Moose Jaw defenceman Kirk Johnson carries the puck out of his zone during action against Victoria on Tuesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Polivka’s shut-out would hold until defenceman Travis Brown put Moose Jaw on the scoreboard at 10:27 of the third period to cut Victoria’s lead in half. Brown jumped off the right point and buried a cross-ice pass from Miles Wakentin past an out-stretched Polivka to make it 2-1 and give the Warriors some life.

Linesman Riley Friesen has his hands full separating Victoria's Jordan Fransoo (left) and Moose Jaw's Travis Brown during a first period scuffle Tuesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Linesman Riley Friesen has his hands full separating Victoria’s Jordan Fransoo (left) and Moose Jaw’s Travis Brown during a first period scuffle Tuesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

That was quickly and momentarily extinguished just under three minutes later, when the Royal’s Tim Traber would win a footrace through the neutral zone, fight off the Warrior’s top defenceman Morgan Rielly to break in alone and then flip a nice shot through Wapple to put Victoria up 3-1 and provide what, at the time, looked to be the insurance marker.

Victoria's Tim Traber would break free of Moose Jaw's Morgan Rielly to score Victoria's third goal with just under 7 minutes to play in the third (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Victoria’s Tim Traber would break free of Moose Jaw’s Morgan Rielly to score Victoria’s third goal with just under 7 minutes to play in the third (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

However the Warriors kept pressing, ultimately outshooting the Royals 19-5 in the period, and after an interference penalty to the Royals Joe Hicketts, Moose Jaw’s Justin Kirsch would sneak a point shot past a screened Polivka to make it 3-2 with just under four minutes to play.

Moose Jaw's Tanner Eberle (22) would be successful in knocking the puck away from Victoria's Austin Carroll in this third period battle Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Moose Jaw’s Tanner Eberle (22) would be successful in knocking the puck away from Victoria’s Austin Carroll in this third period battle Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Warriors continued to press and just after pulling Wapple for the extra attacker, the Warrior’s Reilly intercepted a poor clearing attempt by Royal’s defenceman Jesse Zgraggen and slid the puck over to an uncovered Braydon Point, who netted his seventh of the season, firing a wrist shot off the crossbar and in, to tie the game with 1:04 left to play.

Moose Jaw's Brayden Point, here shooting in the first period, would score the game's tying goal with just over a minute to play Tuesday night against Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Moose Jaw’s Brayden Point, here shooting in the first period, would score the game’s tying goal with just over a minute to play Tuesday night against Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Neither team would score in the final minute, nor in the overtime period, which saw the Warriors outshoot the Royals 4-2, and the two clubs headed to a shootout.

Toronto Maple Leaf first-round draft pick Morgan Rielly would dish out 2 assists for Moose Jaw in their 4-3 win over Victoria on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Toronto Maple Leaf first-round draft pick Morgan Rielly would dish out 2 assists for Moose Jaw in their 4-3 win over Victoria on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Logan Nelson scored as the Royals’ first shooter, but a pair of Moose Jaw shoot-out markers from Kirsch and Jordan Messier, combined with key saves by Wapple on the Royal’s Magee, Ben Walker and Gogolev, gave the Warriors the 4-3 road win.

Moose Jaw goaltender Daniel Wapple would make this pad save off Victoria's Alex Gogolev in the shoot-out, allowing his team to score on the next attempt and secure the 4-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Moose Jaw goaltender Daniel Wapple would make this pad save off Victoria’s Alex Gogolev in the shoot-out, allowing his team to score on the next attempt and secure the 4-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The win snaps the Warriors four game losing streak and moves them into a four-way tie for second place in the WHL’s very tight East Division standings.

Victoria went 1/4 = 25.0% on the power play, while Moose Jaw was also 1/4 = 25.0%. The Warriors outshot the Royals 37-22.

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