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Warriors hold on for tight win in Swift Current

Marc Smith

The Moose Jaw Warriors put in a gutsy performance on the road in Swift Current Saturday and walked away with a 3-2 win over the Broncos.

The Warriors used an early successful penalty kill to give them momentum as they pushed the pace and attacked the Broncos net for the majority of the opening period.  Moose Jaw outshot the Broncos 16-6 in the first and had a 3-0 lead.

Moose Jaw opened the scoring at 10:32 after Adam Evanoff made a left pad save in traffic and then Tristin Langan pushed the puck up the ice off the neutral zone boards to Tanner Jeannot.  The 20-year-old from Oxbow drove down the left wing and then charged towards the Swift Current net where he pushed the pack past Logan Flodell for his 20th goal of the season.

13 seconds later Moose Jaw charged right back on the attack.  The Warriors were able to jam the puck to the top of the Swift Current crease where Jayden Halbgewachs lifted in his team leading 26th goal of the season.

Two minutes later the Warriors once again crashed the Swift Current net and this time 17-year-old Luka Burzan chipped in his 4th goal of the year to put Moose Jaw up by three.

Swift Current made a goalie change after the Warriors third goal, starter Logan Flodell was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots.

Swift Current used the first intermission to regroup and pushed back in the second period.  The Broncos picked up power play goals from Tyler Steenbergen (7:45) and Glenn Gawdin (9:10) to pull to within one and outshot the Warriors 14-7 in the second period.

In the third period the Warriors offense kept the Broncos pinned for extended periods of time while defensively they bent but didn’t break as they kept Swift Current to the outside and had key blocks and big saves from their rookie goaltender and held on for the 3-2 win.

Jayden Halbgewachs and Luka Burzan had a goal and two points each for the Warriors while Adam Evanoff made 28 saves for his 5th win of the season.

The Warriors exit the weekend with a record of 21-5-1-1 and sit four points up on the Broncos for top spot in the East Division.  They’re now off until Tuesday when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers at Mosaic Place.  After the game the Warriors will head to Alberta for a 3-game in 4-day road trip with stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary next Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

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