Jayden Halbgewachs scored with 53 seconds left in regulation to lift the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre Friday night.
Moose Jaw was able to establish an early presence inside the Pats line due to an aggressive fore-check.
Eight minutes in to the game the Warriors tossed the puck low in the Regina zone and went to work. 17-year-old rookie Tate Popple beat the Pats to a loose puck on the right wall and quickly slid it to the point for Jett Woo. Woo let a blast go that got on net, 18-year-old Trystin DeRoose was able to get his stick on the puck and knock in the rebound for his first goal as a Warrior.
Moose Jaw extended their lead 47 seconds in to the second period while on the power play. Noah Gregor came across the middle of the Regina line and then passed the puck to Jayden Halbgewachs on the left wing. The 20-year-old from Emerald Park, Saskatchewan drove wide then cut to the cut where he lifted the puck over Tyler Brown for his team leading 12th goal.
Regina stole the Warriors momentum 28 seconds later when Matt Bradley knocked the puck in on a goal mouth scramble. Three minutes later the Pats tied the game at two when Sam Steel scored a power play goal on a one-timer from the right circle.
The third period was tight as the teams fought for their scoring opportunities. Both teams were able to generate some quality chances both goalies Brody Willms and Tyler Brown made keys saves to keep the game tied.
With overtime looming in the final minute of regulation the Warriors went on the attack.
Noah Gregor came across the Regina left line and swung the puck to the right wing for Halbgewachs. Jayden cut to the high slot and then ripped a shot over the glove of Brown to put Moose Jaw in the driver’s seat.
In the final moments the Pats pressed but couldn’t covert and the Warriors held on for the one-goal win.
Halbgewachs led the Warriors with two goals, Noah Gregor snapped two assists, and Brody Willms made 31 saves.
These teams will renew their rivalry Sunday when they collide at Mosaic Place, tickets are available at the Mosaic Place Box Office. Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show at 3:40pm.