With a short bench due to injuries, the Moose Jaw Warriors put in a gutsy performance Sunday in a 3-1 win over the Regina Pats at Mosaic Place.
Moose Jaw’s fore-check attacked the Pats in the early stages of the first period and went on to outshoot Regina 13-8.
At 3:46 and playing 4-on-4 Oleg Sosunov jumped on a loose puck in the neutral zone. As the 19-year-old Russian approached the Regina blueline he swung the puck to the far right wing for Jayden Halbgewachs.
The 20-year-old drive down the wall and when he hit the goal line he charged the Regina net and slid the puck underneath Tyler Brown to give Moose Jaw an early lead.
Exactly ten minutes later Regina pushed the puck to the Moose Jaw net. Bryan Lockner jumped on the loose puck and lifted it to the back of the net to tie the game at one.
In the second period the Warriors pushed the pace as they outshot the Pats 13-8 in the frame and created a number of second opportunities due largely to second efforts on plays.
It was a second effort that led to the Warriors go-ahead goal in the middle frame. Moose Jaw product Brandon Klatt worked hard behind the Regina net at 13:07 and was able to create a turnover and force the puck to the front of the net.
Waiting on top of the Pats crease was Jayden Halbgewachs who put a shot off the pads of Tyler Brown, the rebound rolled to Noah Gregor at the right goal line where he jammed in his 9th of the season to give Moose Jaw the lead.
Throughout the third period the Warriors pressed for insurance. The forwards pounded the Pats along the boards, they won battles on the wall and were able to create turnovers.
With just over a minute remaining in the game Tanner Jeannot created a turnover on the Regina left wall. The Oxbow, Saskatchewan product charged to the left faceoff dot and ripped a shot over the glove of Tyler Brown to give the Warriors some breathing room.
Moose Jaw outshot the Pats 18-9 in the third period and 44-25 overall and went on to the 3-1 win. Jayden Halbgewachs finished with a goal and two points and Brody Willms made 24 saves. Moose Jaw was 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors have now won five straight games and 8 out of their last night, improving their record to 15-4.
After taking Monday off, the Warriors will open a 4-game in 5-day schedule Tuesday with their first trip of the season to Swift Current to take on the Broncos. Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show at 6:40pm.
On Wednesday the Warriors head north for their first tilt of the season against the Saskatoon Blades, they’re then back home Friday and Saturday to take on Calgary and Saskatoon.