The Moose Jaw Warriors ran out of steam Sunday as they finished a 3-in-3 weekend with a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Hitmen had Saturday off to get ready for the Warriors and they used their fresh legs to establish a pace early in the game which led to pressure inside the Moose Jaw zone.
Just over a minute into the game, Hitmen leading scoring Mark Kastelic drove to the top of the right Warrior circle and was able to put a shot past Brodan Salmond to give Calgary the early lead.
At the six-minute mark, the Hitmen extended their lead when a loose puck went off the skate of Ty Carriere and over the Warrior goal line.
Moose Jaw started to create more pressure in the back half of the first period and they picked up a late goal to get some momentum.
With five minutes left in the frame, Luke Ormsby came out of the Calgary left corner and made a hard pass to Carson Denomie inside the left circle.
Denomie shot the puck towards the Hitmen net, Keenan Taphorn was perched on top of the Calgary crease and was able to deflect the puck past Carl Stankowski, his 13th of the season made it a one-goal game.
In the second period, the Warriors were able to generate some quality scoring opportunities but they weren’t able to finish on their chances.
Instead, the Hitmen picked up goals from James Malm and Kaden Elder and took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
Moose Jaw picked up their first power-play of the game in the early moments and they used that chance to pull to within two on a goal from Josh Brook.
That would be as close as the Warriors would get, Calgary added two more goals to their total and went on to hand the Warriors a 6-2 loss.
Moose Jaw came out of their weekend trip with four of a possible six points, their record sits at 30-14-6-2 which has them 3rd in the East Division, eight points behind Saskatoon for second with the Warriors having three games in-hand.
They’ll be off until Thursday when they return to Mosaic Place to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings, tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca.