The Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos 2nd round playoff series is now a best of three after the Broncos picked up a 3-2 double overtime win Wednesday to tie the series at two.
As expected the Warriors and Broncos played a tight first period as they fought for their chances.
Moose Jaw looked to use their speed and fore-check to attack the Broncos net and they were able to generate opportunities but they weren’t able to jam the puck over the goal line
Swift Current went on to the power play with just over six minutes remaining in the period and after a shot from the left circle they picked up a rebound and took a 1-0 lead.
Moose Jaw came out of the intermission and came at the Broncos with a hard attack as they used their fore-check to play a puck possession game inside the Swift Current zone.
At 8:40 of the second period Kale Clague was able to keep the puck in at the left line and swung it back down low for Brett Howden. The Captain came around the net to the right goal line and then tossed the puck to the top of the crease where Tanner Jeannot tipped in his 3rd of the playoffs to tie the game at one.
The tight battles continued throughout the period and inside the final two minutes of the period Jett Woo stepped off the right line to negate a Broncos clearing attempt. Woo took the puck down the boards and slung a wrist shot to the net that beat Stuart Skinner for his 1st playoff goal to give Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead.
Swift Current started the third period on the man advantage and were able to capitalize as they picked up a game tying goal just as the power play expired.
Throughout the rest of the frame both teams pushed for a go-ahead goal but neither was able to finish off their rushes which meant they were off to overtime for the second straight time.
In the first overtime the teams tried to clamp down as they looked to make it tough for the opposition as they came across the blueline.
Both teams did fight their way for some quality opportunities but neither again was able to finish which send the game in to a fifth period.
The game remained tight in the second overtime as the teams pushed through fatigue to get some opportunities.
With just under two minutes left in the period the Broncos fought the puck away from the Warriors on the right wall, Matteo Gennaro snapped a shot to the back of the net to give the Broncos the win.
Brody Willms made 38 saves for the Warriors, Moose Jaw also outshot the Broncos 53-42, and they were 0-for-5 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.
With the series now tied at two it will now shift back to Moose Jaw for Game 5 on Friday night. Ticket are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca or at the Mosaic Place Box Office.
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