The first and immediate interesting storyline was the on-ice return of veteran goaltender Adam Evanoff. After missing the first month of the campaign recovering from off-season hip surgery, Evanoff dressed for his first game of the season last weekend in Saskatoon and was finally between the pipes on Friday at Mosaic Place.
He would end up carrying a shut-out into the third period despite facing a steady barrage of shots and would make 36 saves on the night to earn the win.
Then you had Brayden Tracey.
The Anaheim Ducks draft pick scored four goals for the Tribe, giving him seven in the Warriors' last two games. He’s moved up to 21st in league scoring with eight goals and 16 points in only eight contests.
And finally, Ryder Korczak.
Despite playing only his second season in the WHL, the 17-year-old forward once again leads the league in scoring after a four-assist night, giving him six goals, 17 assists and 23 points in only 14 games.
But first things first.Brayden Tracey celebrates his first of four goals on the night.
“For sure, we’re great buddies and have trained the last two summers together,” Tracey said. “It’s been a blast and obviously once we got the news he’d be coming here this summer we were pumped, we knew we’d be playing together. Showing what we have out here as two young players in the league, obviously we’re thrilled to be playing together and we’re looking forward to what we can do coming up.”
The game was scoreless after the first period before the Warriors scored three in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Matthew Benson scored the eventual game winner with 5:53 to play in the period.
Tracey’s final goal was into the empty net with 1:40 to play.
It didn’t take long for conversations to quickly shift to tonight’s game as the Tribe take on the fourth-ranked team in the CHL, the Prince Albert Raiders.
“The nice thing is it’s always easier to coach after a win than a loss because they listen to you a lot better when you win rather than lose because they’re despondent,” Hunter said. “So it was a good win, they know P.A. is a good team and I told them if they play like they did in the third period today against P.A., it won’t be the same. They scored five goals in the third period to beat Regina tonight, so it’s a good team that’ll be coming in here.”
Game time is 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place.