Captain proud in press box

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Just getting the game to overtime was a moral victory in itself for Moose Jaw.

But the Warriors weren't satisfied.

With WHL scoring champ Troy Brouwer sitting in the stands with a bad knee, his teammates gutted out a 3-2 overtime victory at the 'Dome yesterday.

Brouwer, who was injured late in Game 1 when he was plastered by Hitmen d-man Shaden Moore, said he was proud of his 'mates for evening the series.

"Those guys played great today," said Brouwer, the league's lone 100-point man.

"Calgary played well but when we turned it up in the second period, they didn't really have a chance."

The Warriors captain, who missed just his second game in the last three years, said it was a tough decision to sit out.

He tested his left knee in warmup before deciding he couldn't go.

"I kind of twisted something in my lower leg," he said, not attempting to hide the injury. "It's obviously no secret what happened, it was on the replay screen about eight or 10 times. It was a little tender but I tried it warm-up this morning.

"I felt I'd hurt the team if I tried to go out and that they'd do a lot better if I was on the bench. I was thinking about the team but I also didn't want to reaggravate it and be out for an extended period of time."

The 20-year-old sniper, who also led the western circuit with 49 goals, said he considered suiting up and just playing on the powerplay.

"Yeah, I thought maybe they could use me on the point on the powerplay," he said. "But it's my shooting leg. I tried shooting in warmup and it just didn't feel good enough to go."

The overager had played in 35 straight playoff battles prior to yesterday but said he's hopeful of making a quick return for Game 3 tomorrow night.

"I'd say it's day to day," he said. "It's tender right now but things can change in a couple of days.

"I'm going to keep icing it, stay off it and hopefully come back for Tuesday."


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