(Courtesy Marc Smith) The Moose Jaw Warriors lost for the fifth straight game on Friday night, falling 2-1 to the Broncos in Swift Current to open their season-ending weekend home-and-home series.
Moose Jaw controlled a lot of the play throughout the game, but as has been the case over their losing skid, a bad bounce ended up costing them.
A turnover at the Warriors’ line with just over 2:00 to play in the third period gave the Broncos a 2-on-0 and allowed Aleksi Heponiemi to bury the game-winner.
It was a well played road game that saw the Warriors out-shoot the Broncos 35-23, but they couldn’t capitalize.as
The Warriors played a hard first period and were rewarded just before the midway point of the opening frame when Noah Gregor walked over the blue-line and fired a shot that banked off the end boards and a pinching Matt Sozanski banged in the rebound for his third of the season.
After a hard fought first period, the Broncos were able to get the equalizer early in the second period as Ryley Lindgren dished to Tyler Steenbergen, who slide the puck across to Glenn Gawdin for his 26th of the year.
Moose Jaw continued to play a hard game as the second period went on, but couldn’t find the go-ahead goal and one mistake in the third period ended up being the difference.
The Warriors were 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
These two teams will meet again to finish off the regular season on Saturday night at Mosaic Place.
The Warriors will honour this year’s top performers before the game with the YARA Awards, starting at 6:50 p.m.
The Pre-Game Show will hit the air on Country 100 at 6:30 p.m.