MOOSE JAW, SK, November 5, 2016 – Seattle Thunderbirds captain Scott Eansor had three goals Saturday night in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, to lead the T-Birds to a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.
This was the T-Birds sixth and final game on a six-game road trip through the East Division. They were 4-2-0-0 on the trip.
The T-Birds next home game is Friday, November 11, against the Calgary Hitmen at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center.
Goalie Matt Berlin made his T-Birds debut and stopped 29 of 30 shots to get the win.
Eansor opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 7:37 of the first period. Eansor converted a Nolan Volcan pass on a two-on-one to give the T-Birds the lead.
Moose Jaw outshot Seattle 10-9 in the first period.
The T-Birds had a five-minute power play to start the second period and Eansor converted at 2:20 to give the T-Birds a 2-0 lead. Ryan Gropp and Jarret Tyszka had the assists.
Seattle (7-7-0-1) extended the lead to 3-0 at 7:32 of the second on Reece Harsch’s first career goal. Luke Ormsby and Matthew Wedman had the assists on the goal.
The T-Birds outshot the Warriors 15-14 in the second period. Both teams had 24 shots on goal after two periods.
Zack Andrusiak scored off a Wedman assist at 9:01 of the third period to make it a 4-0 Seattle lead.
Moose Jaw got on the board when Brayden Watts scored at 12:07 of the thirds period. Chantz Petruic and Dmitri Zaitsev had the assists.
Eansor completed the hat trick at 17:43 of the third. Harsch assisted on the goal.
Moose Jaw outshot the T-Birds 6-5 in the third period and 30-29 in the game.
Moose Jaw goalie Brody Wilms had 24 saves on 29 shots.
First period – 1, Seattle, Eansor 4 (Volcan), 7:37 (sh). Penalties – Tyszka, Sea (tripping), 6:34. Schuldhaus, Sea (holding), 15:15. Halbgewachs, MJ (major-checking from behind, game misconduct), 19:43.
Second period – 2, Seattle, Eansor 5 (Gropp, Tyszka), 2:20 (pp). 3, Seattle, Harsch 1 (Ormsby, Wedman), 7:32. Penalties – Hamaliuk, Sea (goaltender interference), 10:18. Allbee, Sea (tripping), 14:21. Jeannoff, MJ (tripping), 14:46. Wedman, Sea (holding), 17:01.
Third period – 4, Seattle, Andrusiak 2 (Wedman), 9:01. 5, Moose Jaw, Watts (Petruic, Zaitsev), 12:07. 6, Seattle, Eansor 6 (Harsch), 17:43. Penalties – Watts, MJ (tripping), 1:19. Neuls, Sea (checking from behind), 6:19. Harsch, Sea (tripping), 12:31. Wedman, Sea (major-fighting), 19:40. Odgers, MJ (major-fighting), 19:40.
Shots on goal – Seattle 9-15-5 29, Moose Jaw 10-14-16 30. Goalies – Seattle, Berlin 30 shots-29 saves (1-0-0-0); Moose Jaw, Wilms 29-24 (5-3-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-3; Moose Jaw 0-7. A – 3,204. Referees – Colin Watt, Derek Zalaski. Linesmen – Riley Fitzsimmons, Dawson Switzer.