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Warriors fall to Oil Kings in close-checking battle

Edmonton scores three times in third period to take the win at Mosaic Place

Former Moose Jaw Warriors forward Vince Loschiavo scored a pair of goals – including the game winner with 6:22 remaining in the game – as the Edmonton Oil Kings took a 3-2 victory at Mosaic Place in Western Hockey League action on Thursday.

A tight-checking, back-and-forth game broke open in the third period, with the two teams combining for four goals. Josh Brook scored the Warriors' lone marker of the period, while Andrew Fyten scored Edmonton's other goal. Quinn Benjafield and Trey Fix-Wolansky each had two assists for the Oil Kings.

Carson Denomie scored Moose Jaw's first goal 7:05 into the second period.

The contest continued a recent trend of the Tribe surrendering nearly 40 shots a game, with the Oil Kings finishing the contest with 39 total. That made for another busy night for Warriors goaltender Adam Evanoff, as he made 36 saves, including a penalty shot stop on Loschiavo in the second period.

The Warriors had 33 shots on Edmonton netminder Todd Scott.

Moose Jaw finished 1-for-5 on the power play, Edmonton was 0-for-3.

The Warriors fell to 30-15-6-2 on the season with the loss and are now 10 points back of Saskatoon for second in the East Division as well as seven points up on Red Deer in the Eastern Conference Wild Card standings.

The Warriors are back in action on Saturday when they host their annual Hall of Fame game against the Regina Pats (7 p.m., Mosaic Place).

The aforementioned Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Friday night at Mosaic Place and will feature the induction of turn-of-the-century Tribe standouts Brian Sutherby and Shawn Limpright. Cocktails are 6 p.m., dinner is 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 each.

Be sure to check out the Moose Jaw Express for more on this game and the Hall of Fame ceremonies.