A marathon Game 6 ended early in triple overtime with a goal from Jayden Halbgewachs to lift the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.
Throughout the first period the Warriors had a tough time sustaining pressure inside the Swift Current zone. They were able to move the puck in but the Broncos were able to quickly move it out and back up the ice.
Swift Current on the other hand was able to get some sustained pressure inside the Warriors line which led to a 12-4 advantage on the shot clock but Moose Jaw kept the game scoreless after the opening period.
The second period played out much like the first with the Broncos controlling a lot of the play and the Warriors fighting to get towards the net.
Moose Jaw tempted fate midway through the period as they sent the Broncos to back-to-back power plays and they eventually capitalized as Matteo Gennaro tipped in a point shot by Artyom Minulin to open the scoring with 13:43 gone in the second.
The Warriors received a late power play opportunity, but weren’t able to generate a shot towards the Broncos net and they went into the second intermission down 1-0.
Swift Current increased their lead at 3:35 of the 3rd period when they created a turnover deep in the Moose Jaw zone and set up Tyler Steenbergen in front of the net for a quick shot.
Just over three minutes later at 6:43 Brett Howden won a faceoff inside the Broncos left circle. The puck came to Jett Woo at the blueline who let a quick shot go that beat Stuart Skinner for his 2nd goal of the playoffs.
The Warriors kept coming at the Broncos and they tied the game at 11:18 when Kale Clague put a shot towards the Bronco net that Brett Howden deflected it past Skinner for his 7th goal of the playoffs.
The battles continued throughout regulation but neither team was able to pop a go-ahead goal which sent the game to overtime.
This was the 3rd time in the last four games that the teams went to an extra period. Again both teams created, Swift Current outshot the Warriors 16-7 in the period but neither picked up a game winner which sent the game to double overtime for the 2nd time in the last three games.
1:14 in to the triple overtime the Warriors went on the power play and their special teams came through.
Moose Jaw moved the puck around the Broncos zone eventually setting up Jayden Halbgewachs inside the left circle where he blasted a shot past Stuart Skinner to send Warriors fans into a frenzy as they picked up the dramatic Game 6 win.
Brett Howden had a goal and two points, Kale Clague and Brayden Burke had two assist each, and Brody Willms was named the first star with 58 saves.
With the series now tied a three the teams will collide in a 7th and deciding game Monday at Mosaic Place. Tickets go on sale Sunday morning at 10am and are available at the Mosaic Place Box Office and at www.mjwarrior.ca.