The Calgary Hitmen scored three goals in the second period Sunday and went on to hand the Moose Jaw Warriors a 5-1 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Even though both teams were playing their third game in as many nights, that didn’t stop them from establishing a quick pace early in the game.
Moose Jaw had their chances to take an early lead, Justin Almeida hit the post on a shorthanded breakaway and they had a Josh Brook goal waived back due to accidental goalie interference.
Calgary was given back-to-back power play’s approaching the midway point and they used those chances to pick up the pace and attack the Moose Jaw net and take a 15-5 advantage on the shot clock in the period.
The Hitmen picked up the game’s first goal at 9:04 when Kaden Elder deflected a shot for a power play goal.
Moose Jaw had their moments in the second period as they put 11 shots on net, hit two posts, and had two breakaways.
Calgary, on the other hand, added another power play goal from Kaden Elder (3:25), and even strength markers from James Malm (16:25) and Yegor Zamula (17:56) to extend their lead to 4-0 through 40 minutes.
In the opening moments of the third period, Keenan Taphorn took a heavy hit from Luke Coleman in the neutral zone. Coleman was given a 5-minute major and game misconduct for boarding, Taphorn was slow to get up and did not return to the game.
During the 5-minute power play the Hitmen took another penalty to give the Warriors a 2-man advantage. Justin Almeida picked up his 6th goal of the season at 4:43 to break up the shutout.
Moose Jaw outshot the Hitmen 18-7 in the period as they tried to fight their way back into the game but unfortunately, a comeback wasn’t in the stars tonight.
The Hitmen added a late empty net goal to make it 5-1, snapping the Warriors 8-game winning streak.
Moose Jaw outshot Calgary 29-19 in the final 40 minutes, the game shots ended tied at 34. Moose Jaw was 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Moose Jaw is back at home Wednesday for their second meeting of the season against the Medicine Hat Tigers, tickets are available at the Mosaic Place Box Office or online at www.mjwarriors.ca.