Langan’s hat trick leads Warriors to Saturday win

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The Moose Jaw Warriors picked up their third straight win and now have points in four straight games after posting a 5-4 win over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday at Mosaic Place.

The Warriors were a little slow out of the gates but when they found their legs they were able to pin the Broncos inside their zone with an aggressive fore-check which led to a 20-8 advantage on the shot clock in the period.

Moose Jaw scored the game’s first goal at 2:54 when Brecon Wood took a quick shot from the top of the left circle that went off the crossbar then ricocheted off of goalie Joel Hofer and over the goal line.

The visitors tied the game at one at 18:08 when Alec Zawatsky picked up a rebound inside the Moose Jaw left circle and took a quick shot that found the back of the net.

In the final moments of the period, the Warriors pressed the Broncos net.

Tristin Langan won a face-off inside the Broncos right circle, the puck came to Justin Almeida who took a quick shot to the net.  The bouncing puck eventually landed on Langan’s stick who scored his third of the year with 1.9 seconds left in the period to give Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead.

The Warriors extended their lead while on the power play at 7:35 of the second period when Justin Almeida found Tristin Langan on top of the Swift Current crease where he deflected in his second goal of the game.

13 seconds into the third period the Warriors went up by three when Tristin Langan scored his natural hat trick goal when he buried a rebound from the top of the Broncos crease.

Swift Current’s power play pulled them to within two at 3:54 with a goal from Connor Horning but Moose Jaw responded with a goal from Ryan Peckford to go back up by three.

Late in the third, the Broncos fought their way back in the game when they picked up goals from Ethan Regnier and Max Patterson 30 seconds apart starting at 16:29.

The Broncos pulled their goalie in the final moments as they looked for an equalizer but the Warriors held their ground and battled their way to the one-goal win.

Tristin Langan led the way offensively with three goals and four points, Ryan Peckford had a goal and two points, and Justin Almeida had three assists.

Moose Jaw outshot the Broncos 40-26, they were 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The guys will have the rest of the Thanksgiving Long Weekend to relax and recover from the weekend, they’ll be back on the practice ice Monday to get ready for games next weekend against Brandon and Spokane.

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