Pre-Season opens with Trans Canada Clash

Nick Pettigrew

The 2019 WHL Pre-Season opened Tuesday at Mosaic Place with a Rookie Game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats.  The visitors scored a pair of goals in the first period and snuck past the Warriors 3-1.

The young Warriors started the game strong and were able to generate plenty of zone time but they weren’t able to push the puck towards the net.

Regina took a 1-0 lead at 11:03 when Garrett Wright deflected point shot while on a power-play.

Wright scored his second of the period just over two minutes later when he tipped another point shot past the Warriors goaltender.

93 seconds into the second period the Warriors rushed up the ice.  16-year-old Atley Calvert tossed the puck to 16-year-old Josh Hoekstra on the right side of the Regina net where he lifted a backhand over the Pats goalie to get the Warriors on the board.

Regina responded three minutes later with a goal from Haydn Delorme to go up 3-1.

The third period saw the Warriors outshoot the Pats 12-6 but they weren’t able to claw their way back into the game.

Moose Jaw didn’t have a power-play in the game and they were 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

The Warriors Pre-Season schedule continues on the weekend with a pair of games in Regina.  On Friday they’ll take on Swift Current (3pm) and then Saturday they’ll play Saskatoon (3pm).

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