Warriors pick up Game 3 overtime win
(Marc Smith) Captain Brett Howden was the Game 3 hero for the Moose Jaw Warriors as he scored under three minutes into overtime to lift his team to a 4-3 win over the Swift Current Broncos.
Howden had two goals in the win and Brayden Burke scored the other two Moose Jaw goals and finished with four points to lead the way offensively.
Defenceman Kale Clague and forward Tanner Jeannot chipped in with two helpers each, while goalie Brody Willms stopped 20 shots to backstop the Warriors to the win.
After dropping Game 2 on home ice, the win at the Credit Union Ipex gives the Warriors a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Warriors came out of the gates strong and were able to generate some solid chances towards the Broncos net early in the game.
Swift Current would get the first reward however when Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin finished on a loose puck in front of the net to open the scoring midway through the first.
The Warriors answered less than three minutes later when Brayden Burke took a pass from Tanner Jeannot on a 2-on-1 and fired it past Broncos goalie Stuart Skinner to tie the game.
The second period played out much like the first with both teams trading chances early and it was the Warriors that jumped out in front when Brett Howden riffled a shot past Skinner on the power play with 5:24 gone in the period.
The Broncos would strike back however and two Warriors turnovers led to goals for Swift Current. Matteo Gennaro finished off a give-and-go to tie the game at 2-2 and then Artyom Minulin tipped in his first of the playoffs to give the Broncos a one-goal lead heading into the third.
Needing to strike early, the Warriors were able to do just that with Burke picking up his second of the night, and ninth of the playoffs, on a tip off a Kale Clague point shot to tie the game at 3-3.
Both teams had power play chances late in regulation, but weren’t able to convert, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, a broken play coming over the Broncos’ line led to the puck finding Howden’s stick in tight on Skinner and he made no mistake to give the Warriors their third overtime win of the playoffs.
The Broncos were 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Warriors went 1-for-4.
These two sides will meet up again on Wednesday night for Game 4 with the Warriors looking to take a stranglehold on the second round series.
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