Warriors best Blazers

It was primed to be a night of celebration, but the Moose Jaw Warriors rained on the Kamloops Blazers' parade on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Interior Savings Centre.

Moose Jaw beat Kamloops 3-2 in a shootout on Teddy-bear toss night, which also turned out to be the night Blazer majority owner Tom Gaglardi announced Scott Niedermayer's No. 28 will be retired during a ceremony on Jan. 25.

Justin Kirsch and Brayden Point of the Warriors beat Blazer netminder Cole Cheveldave in the shootout, while Moose Jaw netminder Justin Paulic stopped Brendan Ranford and Colin Smith of the Blazers.

In regulation time, Tyler Bell gave Kamloops a 1-0 lead — and triggered the Teddy-bear throwing madness — at 19:35 of the first period.

Morgan Rielly and Travis Brown notched second-period markers for the visitors, handing Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Colin Smith scored at 5:46 of the third frame to tie the game.

Cheveldave made 25 saves in defeat, while Paulic stopped 29 pucks in victory.

Next up for the Blazers are the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, Wash., on Sunday, Dec. 2.


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