Two goals 17 seconds apart late in the period gave the Moose Jaw Warriors some breathing room as they skated to a 4-2 preseason win over the Regina Pats Saturday at the Brandt Centre.
The Warriors established an early territorial advantage in the first period which led to an 11-7 advantage on the shot clock and numerous scoring opportunities.
At 4:32 17-year-old import rookie Yegor Buyalski tossed the puck to Justin Almeida on the left side of the neutral zone. The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect then drove around the Pats defenseman and charged the net where he beat Max Paddock for his first of the preseason to give the Warriors at 1-0 lead at 4:32.
Just over three minutes later at 7:46 Josh Brook broke up a Pats clearing attempt at the Regina blueline and was able to keep the puck inside the attacking zone.
Brook moved the puck over to Tyler Smithies inside the right circle, he then set up Brecon Wood on top of the crease where he lifted a backhand top shelf to make it 2-0.
In the second period the Pats were able to generate more pressure inside the Moose Jaw zone and were able to outshoot the Warriors 7-6 in the frame.
Regina got on to the scoreboard at 15:58 when a Nikita Sedov slapshot got past Warriors 17-year-old goalie Ethan Fitzgerald.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the third period and exchanged scoring opportunities.
Playing 4-on-4 inside the final five minutes of regulation defenseman Brendan Kwiatkowski joined a Moose Jaw rush and tapped in a loose puck to extend the Warriors lead. 17 seconds later Josh Brook jumped down from the blueline and chopped the puck in on a goal mouth scramble to give Moose Jaw a three goal lead.
Regina veteran Nick Henry picked up a goal in the final seconds of the game to pull the Pats to within two.
Warriors goalie Ethan Fitzgerald made 25 saves in the win, Moose Jaw was 0-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors preseason records sits at 1-1 and they’re now off until next weekend when they take on Medicine Hat in a home-and-home series. Friday the teams will square off at Mosaic Place and then on Saturday the series will shift to Irvine, Alberta.
2018 – 2019 Season Tickets are available for pickup at the Warriors Office starting Tuesday at 9am and will continue throughout the week during regular business hours.
Warriors Hockey on Country 100 returns in the final weekend of the preseason, the first broadcast of the year will be Friday, September 14th when the team heads to Manitoba to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings.