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Chiefs lose first game on eastern trip

MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan – Morgan Rielly scored the winning goal early in the third period and added an assist as the Moose Jaw Warriors edged the visiting Spokane Chiefs 4-3 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

It was the Chiefs’ first loss on their eastern roadtrip after five victories.

Brayden Point also had a goal and an assist for the Warriors (12-14-7), who won for the first time in three outings, while Jordan Messier and Miles Warkentine scored a goal apiece.

For Warkentine, a 16-year-old rookie, it was the first goal of his WHL career.

Carter Proft, Mitch Holmberg and Reid Gow scored for the Chiefs (22-8-1), who lost in regulation for the first time in 10 games.

Moose Jaw goalie Justin Paulic made 29 saves for the win, while Eric Williams stopped 15 of 19 shots in a losing effort for Spokane.

MJ was 0 for 4 on the power play, while Spokane was 0 for 1.

The Chiefs led 2-0 at the end of the first period on goals by Proft, his fourth, and Holmberg, his 19th.

The Warriors ripped off three straight goals to take the lead before Gow’s sixth goal of the season knotted the score heading into the final period. Spokane outshot Moose Jaw 11-3 in the third.