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Tanner Kaspick’s shorthanded goal with 6:39 left in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Wheat Kings their first lead of the contest.
The winning goal came after Moose Jaw netminder Zach Sawchenko mishandled the puck behind his own net.
“I got out there and the puck was already in their end so I was just trying to be an option in the middle of the ice,” said Kaspick on CKLQ’s post-game show, “The puck rimmed around and I kind of saw Sawchenko bobble it a bit so I just kind of saw it was as a green light. The puck bounced to me and I was fortunate enough to be able to wrap it in.”
The Wheat Kings looked a little slower than their counterparts early on, being outshot 17-7 by the Warriors in the first period but still managing to emerge from the first period with a 1-1 tie.
Jayden Halbgewachs opened the scoring with the power-play goal for Moose Jaw 2:23 in, with Kale Clague tying it for Brandon just over five minutes later.
“It took us a period to get our feet under us,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “Once we did, we played much better in the second and third.”
The teams traded goals in the second period, with Noah Gregor and Brayden Point twice giving Moose Jaw one-goal leads, and Tyler Coulter and John Quenneville scoring to get Brandon back to even ground.
Quenneville’s goal in the final minute of the second period came less than a minute after the Warriors had grabbed a 3-2 lead on Point’s beauty, and was a key marker for the club.
“Tonight’s game, we never led,” said McCrimmon, “Big goal to tie it 1-1, big goal to tie it 2-2, really big goal by Quenneville to tie it 3-3 and it wasn’t until the game-winner by Tanner that we led in the game.”
Quenneville added a second goal into an empty Moose Jaw net with 1:29 left in the third period to complete the scoring.
Sawchenko finished the game with 33 saves while Jordan Papirny made 24 saves in the Brandon net.
Game Two of the series goes Saturday night in Brandon (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Brandon’s scratches were D Schael Higson, F Caiden Daley, F Rylan Bettens, F Garrett Armour and F/D Mark Matsuba...F Nikita Popugaev returned to Moose Jaw’s lineup Friday after he missed the final four games of their first round series with a lower body injury...Winnipeg product Jett Woo, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft, made his WHL playoff debut for the Warriors...the Wheat Kings were 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Warriors were 1-for-3...attendance was 4,651.