Jayden Halbgewachs had a career night Saturday with four goals and seven points to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 10-5 win over the Swift Current Broncos to end their regular season schedule.
45 seconds in to the game Broncos veteran Glenn Gawdin rushed up the ice and tossed a shot on net, the puck trickled through the pads of Zach Sawchenko and that allowed Riley Stotts to tip it over the goal line to give the visitors an early lead.
Moose Jaw was able to respond at 3:35 when Matt Sozanski let a wrist shot go from the blueline that went wide of the net and off the end boards. As the puck came to the left goal line Captain Brett Howden whacked in his 36th goal to tie the game at one.
Swift Current took the lead back at 7:15 with a power play goal from Conner Chaulk when a shot from the blueline went off of his jersey.
The Warriors were able to tie the game at two with just over seven minutes left in the period when Jayden Halbgewachs scored his team leading 47th goal. Moose Jaw took the lead with just over a minute left in the period when Noah Gregor blasted a shot past goalie Bailey Brkin on a power play.
Moose Jaw’s fore-check was relentless throughout the period as they were able to keep the Broncos pinned inside their zone and that allowed them to take a 17-4 advantage on the shot clock.
98 seconds in to the second period the Warriors extended their lead when Howden rifled a shot past Brkin from inside the left circle for his second of the game. Swift Current came right back just over a minute later with a goal from Conner Chaulk.
At 6:42 the Warriors line of Justin Almeida, Tate Popple, and Chantz Petruic pinned the Broncos deep in their zone. They were able to set up a shot from Colin Paradis inside the blueline, Almeida grabbed the rebound and ripped it over the blocker of Brkin for his 11th of the year.
With eight minutes left in the period the Warriors once again pushed the puck to the Swift Current while on the power play, Howden crashed the net and buried his hat trick goal to make it 6-3. The Broncos pulled back to within one at 18:52 when MacKenzie Wight scored his first WHL goal to make it 6-4.
On a two-man advantage to start the third, Jayden Halbgewachs snagged his second of the game 19 seconds in to the frame to make it 7-4, his hat trick goal at 4:35 to make it 8-4, but the Broncos came back with a power play goal from Ryley Lindgren at 5:01 to make it a three-goal game again.
At 7:32 of the third period Jayden Halbgewachs wrote his name in the Warriors record books. They 19-year-old chipped away at a puck on top of the Broncos crease and was able to glide the puck over the goal line for his fourth goal of the net, which was also his 50th goal of the season and it was his 100th point of the season.
The Warriors added another goal from Noah Gregor at 9:18 and went on to the 10-5 win over the Broncos to end their regular season.
Halbgewachs had a career night with four goals and seven points, Brett Howden finished with three goals and five points, Noah Gregor had two goals and three points, Justin Almeida had a goal and two points, Brayden Burke had three assists, and Tanner Jeannot picked up two assists.
Moose Jaw outshot the Broncos 18-9 in the third period and 53-21 overall, they were 3-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors finish the regular season second in the WHL East Division with a record of 42-21-8-1, and will open their first round playoff series against Swift Current next weekend with Game’s 1 & 2 at Mosaic Place. Catch all the playoff action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show at 6:40pm.
Playoff tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, 10am at the Mosaic Place Box Office.