Rielly Notches Winner For Warriors
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly scored late in the third period to give the Moose Jaw Warriors a hard-fought 2-1 win on Wednesday over the Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League action.
The Moose Jaw defenceman, from nearby West Vancouver, scored off his own rebound from a tight angle at 15:09 of the third period to give the Warriors (10-11-7) their second win in a row.
Rielly has one goal, two assists for three points and a plus 2 rating in the last two games for Moose Jaw. He now has 25 points on the season which is tied for second best amongst WHL defencemen
Fellow defenceman Kendall McFaull scored his first goal of the season for Moose Jaw on the power play at 18:30 of the opening period to tie the game 1-1.
Tristan Sieben opened the scoring for Vancouver (7-18-0) with a wrap-around goal at the 3:20 mark.
It was one of only two shots on goal by the Giants in the first period, even though they had two power-play opportunities.
The Warriors had 14 shots in the period, and lived up to their billing as the seventh-best power-play team in the WHL when a seemingly innocuous long-range shot from McFaull squeezed between the goalie's legs.
Vancouver lost its fifth in a row despite a fine evening from goaltender Payton Lee, who made 32 saves.
His Moose Jaw counterpart Justin Paulic only had to make 15 saves.
The Warriors went 1 for 5 with the man advantage while the Giants were 0 for 4.