Warriors cut by Blades
The Saskatoon Blades scored four power-play goals Wednesday and went on to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-1 at SaskTel Centre.
Saskatoon had the Warriors pinned inside their zone for the majority of the opening period and had a 21-5 advantage on the shot clock.
Approaching the midway point of the period, the Warriors turned the puck over along their boards which allowed Saskatoon to continue to attack. The pushed the puck to Kyle Crnkovic on the right side of the Moose Jaw crease where he directed in the game’s first goal.
Inside the final minute of the period and with Saskatoon working on the power play, the Warriors weren’t able to clear a bouncing puck away from their crease which allowed Chase Wouters jam it over the goal line to give the Blades a 2-0 lead.
This power-play goal was the first one the Warriors had given up in nine games, the last power play goal they gave up was on January 12th against Brandon.
Saskatoon extended their lead 54 seconds into the second period when Ryan Hughes scored on a backhand along the left Warriors goal line.
Moose Jaw found some life at 12:53 while working on the power play.
Justin Almeida moved the puck cross-ice to Josh Brook inside the right circle and then Brook returned to puck back to Almeida at the bottom of the left circle where he lifted in his 21st of the year.
Saskatoon silenced the Warriors momentum with a late power play goal from Dawson Davidson to make it 4-1 after two.
In the third period, the Blades outshot the Warriors 14-9 and added power-play goals from Max Gerlach and Brandon Schuldhaus.
Saskatoon outshot the Warriors 48-20, Moose Jaw was 1-for-5 on the power-play and 2-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The loss moves the Warriors record to 28-13-6-2 and they’re now eight points back of Saskatoon for second in the East Division with four games in-hand.
The Warriors will jump back on the bus Thursday and head to Alberta for three games this weekend, Friday they stop in Lethbridge, Saturday they’re in Red Deer, and then the finish off the road trip Sunday afternoon in Calgary.