The cheering fans inside the Ice Cave at the Wayne Flemming Arena yesterday couldn't help the Winnipeg Ice catch up to their opponents after losing the lead in the second period.
After Moose Jaw Warriors forward Josh Hoekstra claimed the opening goal, soon after the Ice claimed a decisive 3-1 lead in the first period with goals from Matthew Savoie, Evan Friesen and Zack Ostapchuk.
In the second period, Brayden Yager tied the game with two goals and then the visiting team took the lead 4-3 with a power play goal from Atley Calvert.
The Ice couldn't gain enough momentum to take the lead in the third as Moose Jaw secured the win with another two goals from Ryder Korczak and Jagger Firkus, while Ostapchuk scored one last time to round out Winnipeg's scoring.
"I thought we were totally in control of the game. I thought we started looking for more and what was there, and we started getting too fancy," says head coach James Patrick in a postgame interview. "We just didn't get pucks in the net or bodies to the net, kind of started looking for a fancier play and led to turnovers and them going the other way."
Despite the loss, Winnipeg outshot Moose Jaw 38-36.
Winnipeg Ice will play two games against the Brandon Wheat Kings, once out west and once on home ice this weekend.
Throughout the entire season, Ice has dominated the Wheat Kings, winning seven games from the regular season. This weekend will be the moment of truth if they can shut down the Westman team.
Patrick also moved second in All-Time Games Coached in ICE Franchise History with 361 games.