The Moose Jaw Warriors 2018 WHL PreSeason schedule opened Friday afternoon in Regina with a 4-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre.
Both teams played with some speed throughout the first period as they established a quick pace in the frame.
Saskatoon narrowly outshot the Warriors 8-7 in the period and the game remained scoreless moving to the second period despite Moose Jaw having three power plays.
Just passed the nine minute mark of the second period the Warriors found their way on to the scoreboard.
18-year-old Tate Popple made a nice cross-ice pass to 17-year-old Cameron Sterling on the left side of the neutral zone. Sterling fought through a back-check and made his way to the Saskatoon left circle where he snapped a shot passed 19-year-old Blades goalie Dorrin Luding to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Saskatoon’s power play evened the game at one with less than five minutes to go in the frame when Chase Wouters deflected a point shot that rolled over the Moose Jaw goal line.
The Blades went up 2-1 with 1:09 left in the period on a Seth Bafaro power play goal and then Max Gerlach made it 3-1 with 46 seconds remaining in the frame.
Four minutes in to the third period the Warriors picked up their sixth power play of the game and they were finally able to convert.
16-year-old and 2017 1st round pick Daemon Hunt moved the puck down the right wall to 17-year-old and 2016 1st round pick Brayden Tracey. Tracey loaded up a hard shot that beat the Blades goalie to make it a one-goal game.
The Blades went back up by two with a late power play goal inside the final four minutes of regulation.
Moose Jaw picked up a power play with less than two minutes to go in the game and pulled their goalie for a two-man advantage but unfortunately weren’t able to claw their way back in to the game.
Warriors’ 16-year-old goalie Jackson Berry allowed four goals on 27 shots with three of the goals coming with the Blades on the power play.
The Warriors 2018 PreSeason schedule continues Saturday when they return to the Queen City and renew their TransCanada rivalry with the Regina Pats. The puck drops at 7pm at the Brandt Centre.
Reminder to season ticket holders that they can pick up their tickets all next week at the Warriors Office in Mosaic Place starting Tuesday during regular business hours (9am – 5pm).
As well, Friday, September 14th marks the return of Warriors Hockey on Country 100 when they boys head east to Manitoba to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings.