Prospect Park: Howden’s Big Goal Rescues Warriors

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

The “fun” part of hockey playoffs is to expect the unexpected. The Prince Albert Raiders appeared to have sown up game three of their series with the Moose Jaw Warriors after taking a 4-2 lead with 2:40 left in regulation. Cue the game’s third star Brett Howden and his Warriors for the comeback.

With nothing to lose the Warriors pulled their goalie and went on the attack. First Josh Brooks scored an unassisted goal at 18:23 to bring the Warriors to 4-3.

Then Brett Howden would force overtime when he banged in a rebound tying the game at 19:11.

A huge goal for the captain of the Warriors as they would then score just 19 seconds into the first overtime to earn the win. The win gives Moose Jaw a 2-1 series lead and regains the home-ice advantage for them.

Howden would also the only assist on Moose Jaw’s first goal when Ryan Peckford put in a rebound of Brett Howden’s shot. The goal at the time tied the game at 1-1.

Brett Howden finished with a 1-1-2 on five shots with an “even” and was 11-13 on faceoffs. Howden leads Moose Jaw with a 3-2-5 mark after three games with a 56% win rate on faceoffs.

Moose Jaw takes a 2-1 series lead with game four in Prince Albert Wednesday night.

(AN FYI the Howden picture we used tonight courtesy of Marc Smith is special for what you do not realize. Look to the right side of the picture as those are not just any fans as from left to right Howden’s father, his mother and his older brother Quinten Stick tap to Marc Smith)

Ty Ronning may not have earned a star but he sure did play like on for his Vancouver Giants. Ronning had a two-assist night as the Giant spanked the Victoria Royals 5-1 to take a 2-1 series lead.

For Ronning who still does not have a goal after scoring 63 in the regular season, it was more than the points. Ronning and the Giants had to kill off a five-minute major to start the third period up 2-0.

That penalty kill was the key to the win from our point of view as the Giants would score a dagger goal at 7:41 of the period and Victoria was done. The third goal was Milos Roman cashing in a rebound of Ty Ronning’s shot. The primary assist for Ronning was his third of the playoffs.

Ronning would add a secondary assist on Vancouver’s fifth-goal as he carried the puck into the zone then dropped it off. Milos Roman would pick it up and find James Malm for the goal to make it 5-1 at 15:16.

Ronning has four assists in the three goals as the Giants look to take a 3-1 series lead on Thursday night. That game will be televised on the NHL Network (US) starting at 10 PM EDT/ 7 PM PDT.

Sean Day had a secondary assist as his Kingston Frontenacs knocked off the North Bay Battalion 4-1. The Frontenacs regain home-ice advantage as they take a 2-1 series lead.

Day’s assist would come on Kingston’s fourth goal of the game at 3:43 of the third period. That goal came after North Bay had scored 58 seconds into the third period to cut Kingston’s lead to 3-1.

It was Day’s second assist of the playoffs as he was a +1 on two shots. Game four will be Thursday in North Bay.