A 6-game point streak ended Friday for the Moose Jaw Warriors as the Calgary Hitmen played a hard game and picked up a 5-1 win.
The first period was fast as both teams raced up the ice and tried to attack the oppositions net. Moose Jaw outshot Calgary 15-10 in the opening period but wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard.
Instead, the Hitmen forced a turnover at their blueline and chipped the puck around the Warriors defenceman which resulted in a breakaway for Jake Kryski who converted on his opportunity to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The teams continued to battle in the second period, defensively they both made good plays to take away offensive opportunities.
At 14:24, the Calgary Hitmen increased their lead to 2-0 when Cael Zimmerman put the puck in at a sharp angle along the right goal line.
Penalties hurt the Warriors in the third period as they took back-to-back minors to give Calgary a lengthy two-man advantage. They took full advantage of the opportunity as Mark Kastelic scored back-to-back goals on the power play to make it a 4-0 game.
Moose Jaw broke up the shutout at 11:31 when Alek Sukunda created a turnover inside the Calgary zone and ripped a quick shot to the back of the net for his first WHL goal.
The Warriors tried to claw their way back in the game late but the Hitmen added an empty net goal to finish Moose Jaw.
Warriors’ goalie Brodan Salmond finished with 30 saves while Calgary’s Carl Stankowski made 29 in the win. Moose Jaw finished 0-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Warriors weekend continues Saturday with a trip into Regina for their second meeting of the season against the Pats, the Warriors picked up a 2-1 win in the Queen City back on September 30th.
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