It wasn’t the end of the weekend the Moose Jaw WINMAR AAA Warriors were hoping for losing 7-3 to the Saskatoon Blazers at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.
The Warriors walk away from the weekend with a single point after a 5-4 overtime loss on Saturday against the Blazers. The loss drops them to 3-3-0-2 on the season and fall to eighth place in the Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL) standings.
Jake Briltz, Grady Hoffman, and Dylan Duzan picked up the goals for the Warriors. Wyatt LaCoste, Connor Miller, and Caleb Potter added assists in the loss.
Saskatoon got out to a quick start, as they did on Saturday scoring 48 seconds in the game off the stick of Raiden Zacharias to make it 1-0 early.
Exactly a minute later Moose Jaw’s Dylan Duzan was able to beat Blazers goalie Grayson Malinoski for his fourth goal of the season to tie it 1-1.
The Blazers would answer almost two minutes later as Lee Shurgot would put one past Warriors starter Ryan Bain to make it 2-1.
Moose Jaw would give up two powerplay goals in the period as Josh Knittig and Kash Andresen would find twine to take a 4-1 lead into the first intermission.
Shots after 20 minutes was 14-10 Saskatoon.
Moose Jaw had their fair share of opportunities, as they started the second period with a 5-on-3 powerplay but weren’t able to chip away at the Saskatoon lead.
The Warriors also made a goaltending change after the first period, pulling Ryan Bain and having Ryan Hicks come into the game in relief. Bain gave up four goals on 14 shots in one period of work.
Hicks was tested early with several odd man rushes into the Moose Jaw end but was able to stand tall.
Blazers leading scorer Cole Reschny was able to beat the Weyburn product to extend their lead to 5-1.
Saskatoon led in shots after 40 minutes 21-16.
The Warriors had some life in the third period after Jake Briltz picked up his second goal of the season – a powerplay marker to cut the lead to 5-2. Caleb Potter picked up the lone assist on the goal.
With eight minutes left in the game, Grady Hoffman would snipe past the blocker side on Malinoski for his fourth of the season, and just like that, it was 5-3 Saskatoon.
Moose Jaw would pull their goalie for the extra attacker twice on two late third-period powerplays but the Blazers were able to hit the empty net on both occasions to leave the Moose Jaw Events Centre with the 7-3 win.
Ryan Bain would take the loss, while Ryan Hicks would stop 15 of 16 shots in two periods of action.
The final shots on goal were 30-29 for Saskatoon.
The Warriors finished 1 for 8 on the powerplay, while the Blazers were a perfect 2 for 2 with the extra man.
Moose Jaw will hit the road next weekend for a pair of road games against the Battleford Stars on Saturday and Sunday at the Access Communication Centre.
They return home on Nov. 1 as they host the Yorkton Secon Maulers at 7:00 p.m.