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Langan scores 50; Warriors fall in Saskatoon

Marc Smith

Saskatoon put 50 shots on net Sunday and scored three goals in the third period and beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-3 at SaskTel Centre.

Six and a half minutes into the game, Josh Brook had the puck in the Moose Jaw zone and made a hard pass north up the ice to Alec Zawatsky in the neutral zone.

Zawatsky burst down the Blades right boards and stopped on the half-wall.  He slid the puck to a trailing Daemon Hunt who let a shot go from just inside the Saskatoon zone and beat Nolan Maier to give Moose Jaw the lead.

Saskatoon’s fore-check pressed the Warriors at times and that led to a 15-8 advantage on the shot clock, however, the Warriors were able to extend their lead with just over two minutes left in the period.

Playing four-on-four, the Blades had a chance to clear the puck but the forward lost control along the right wall.  Tristin Langan jumped on the rebound and skated to the top of the right circle where he put a shot over the blocker of Maier, his 49th goal of the year gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

With just under eight minutes left in the second period, Saskatoon picked up their first goal of the game on a shot from Max Gerlach between the circles.

19 seconds later, Tristin Langan etched his name into the Warriors history books.

Justin Almeida stripped the Blades of the puck high in the Saskatoon zone and then turned and drove towards the Blades net.

Almeida skated to the left circle and then set up Langan in the slot where he one-timed the puck to the back of the net, scoring his 50th goal of the season, becoming the 11th Warriors to achieve that milestone.

Later in the period, the Warriors ran into penalty problems which led to a Dawson Davidson 5-on-3 power-play goal to make it a one-goal game.

Moose Jaw started the third period on the power-play but wasn’t able to capitalize.  Shortly after getting back to even-strength, Gary Haden was able to put a shot in to tie the game at three.

Under four minutes later at 5:24, the Warriors weren’t able to clear their zone which allowed Saskatoon to move the puck from the left blueline to the bottom right circle to Max Gerlach who scored to give the Blades the lead.

With their net empty in the final moments, Moose Jaw had a good chance for an equalizer but wasn’t able to convert, then moments later the Blades scored an empty-net goal to put the game away.

The Blades outshot the Warriors 50-24, Moose Jaw was 0-for-2 on the power-play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

The Warriors are now off until Wednesday when they’ll open the final week of the regular season with a trip to Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings.  Catch all the action on Country 100 with James Gallo starting with the PreGame Show at 5:40pm.

Reminder to Warriors season ticket holders that 2019 Playoff Packages are available now and can be purchased at the Warriors Office located inside Mosaic Place.  Season ticket holders have until March 19th at 5pm to secure their seat for the playoffs.

Current open seats will go on sale to the general public starting Monday at 10am.

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