The Moose Jaw Warriors fought to the end Friday afternoon but couldn’t overcome a 4-0 1st period deficit and fell 8-5 to the Swift Current Broncos to open the Annual Regina Tournament.
Sixty seconds into the game, the Broncos sprung Josh Davies for a breakaway that he was able to convert on to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
Moose Jaw had pressure shortly after but they weren’t able to capitalize on their chances. Instead, Swift Current landed on a power-play seven minutes into the period, Davies deflected a point shot to give the Broncos a two-goal advantage.
Swift Current added to their lead with a goal from Matthew Ward at 9:35 and then just under a minute later Carter Chorney scored to make it 4-0.
Just past the midway mark of the frame, 16-year-old Eric Alarie broke out of the Warriors zone and come up the ice on the left wing. As he drove down the Bronco boards, he tossed the puck towards the net where Cameron Sterling scored his first of the pre-season.
Swift Current went back up by four with a goal from Eric Houk at 13:10, but the Warriors answered right back when Sterling set-up Alarie on the side of the net where he lifted in a back-hand for his first of the pre-season.
With 90 seconds left in the frame, 2019 1st round pick Denton Mateychuk broke out of the Warriors zone and made a cross-ice pass to Bryden Kiesman on the right wing. Kiesman drove across the Broncos line and let a shot go from the top of the circle that beat goalie Reid Dyck to pull the Warriors to within two.
Halfway through the second period, Swift Current’s Jake Kustra broke across the Moose Jaw line and let a shot got that found the back of the net to give the Broncos a three-goal lead again.
Inside the final minute of the frame, Broncos 20-year-old Ethan O’Rourke scored to give Swift Current a 7-3 lead.
Moose Jaw picked up their first power-play of the pre-season in the third period, unfortunately, Swift Current was able to spring Josh Davies up the ice where he scored shorthanded to make it 8-3.
The Warriors battled in the back-half of the third period, they outshot Swift Current 13-5 in the period and picked up goals from Cade Hayes and Carson Denomie, but a comeback wasn’t in the stars as they fell 8-5.
Eric Alarie led the Warriors with a goal and three points, Cameron Sterling had a goal and two points, and Cole Jordan picked up two assists.
15-year-old Kyle Kelsey played the entire game for the Warriors, allowing eight goals on 28 shots.
The long weekend continues Saturday for the boys with another short trip into Regina to square off against the Saskatoon Blades at 3pm.
Coming up next week, the guys will have a home-and-home series with the Prince Albert Raiders, it starts Wednesday in northern Saskatchewan and then shifts to Moose Jaw on Saturday, September 7th.
As well, season ticket holders will be able to pick up their packages starting Tuesday, September 3rd at 10am at the Warriors Office.