The Moose Jaw Warriors weekend opened Friday with a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades at SaskTel Centre.
The Warriors weren’t able to establish their quick pace or a consistent attack and were outshot 15-4 in the opening period.
Saskatoon on the other hand moved up the ice with speed and were able to generate quality scoring opportunities from odd-man rushes.
Moose Jaw took three penalties in the first and on their third power play they were able to convert. Chase Wouters took a shot from inside the right circle, Brody Willms was able to get a piece of the puck but it trickled behind him where Josh Paterson was able to tap it over the goal line to give the Blades the lead.
Saskatoon extended their lead at 14:29 of the second period when they sprung 15-year-old and 2016 2nd overall pick Kirby Dach for a breakaway where he snapped the puck over the blocker of Willms.
Just over minute later at 15:33 the Warriors were on the penalty kill and 20-year-old Thomas Foster created a turnover inside Moose Jaw blueline. Foster was able to push the puck up the ice quickly for a shorthanded breakaway, the rush ended with a shot past the blocker of Logan Flodell, his 15th of the year put the Warriors back to within one.
32 seconds in to the third period Josh Brook spun around a Blade at the Saskatoon line and then skated between the circles where rifled a shot over Flodell to tie the game at two.
Six minutes in to the period the Warriors turned the puck over inside their zone, Dach jumped on the puck and drove the net where his shot went over the glove of Willms to give Saskatoon a 3-2 lead.
Moose Jaw tried desperately for an equalizer but came up short, Saskatoon added an empty net goal in the final minute and went on to had the Warriors a 4-2 loss.
Moose Jaw’s weekend continues Saturday at home with their only meeting of the season against the Everett Silvertips, which is their last game of the regular season against a Western Conference team. Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show at 6:40pm.