It was a resilient effort for the Moose Jaw WINMAR AAA Warriors on Thursday night, but they couldn’t get past the Notre Dame Hounds on the road losing 4-1.
Rhett Perrin was the lone goal scorer for the Warriors picking up his fifth of the season, with Dylan Duzan and Wyatt LaCoste picking up assists. Ryan Hicks made 24 saves in the loss.
The loss drops the Warriors to 5-7-0-3 on the season and they remain in eighth place for now with 13 points.
It was a slow start for Moose Jaw, as right off the opening faceoff the Hounds broke lose on a two-man breakaway opportunity, but Hicks was able to make the save.
Moose Jaw found their legs and took control of the first period pressuring the Notre Dame crease with several opportunities but weren’t able to beat the Hounds netminder.
The Hounds did strike first in Thursday’s game late in the first period. With 2:42 left Joby Baumuller slip one under the blocker of Hicks on a two-on-one to make it 1-0, which it remained through 20 minutes.
Moose Jaw had the edge in shots 9-7 after the first period.
The Warriors continued the pressure in the second period and were eventually rewarded. Rhett Perrin got the feed from Dylan Duzan and one timed it home at the right faceoff dot to tie the game at 1-1 with 7:00 minutes left in the period.
Right after Moose Jaw tied it, a penalty proved to be costly for the Warriors. With nine seconds left on Notre Dame's powerplay Moose Jaw wasn’t able to clear it and Edouard Houde buried it past Hicks to make it 2-1.
Then, two minutes later the Hounds would extend their lead, as Baumuller broke free, came down the right side and out waited Hicks and slide it past him to make it 3-1.
Moose Jaw earned a late 5-on-3 powerplay in the second period but wasn’t able to capitalize and still trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Shots still favoured the Warriors after two periods of play leading 23-19.
Heading into the third period, Moose Jaw again had numerous chances but couldn’t find a way to bury them. Notre Dame would put the game away with 5:13 left in the game, as Baumuller would complete the hat trick. He would get the puck off the faceoff and snap it upstairs to make it 4-1.
The final shots on goal were 33-28 Moose Jaw.
The road doesn’t get easier for the Warriors as they travel to Swift Current on Tuesday to take on the 12-3-0-1 Legionnaires at 8:00 p.m.
Moose Jaw will be back at home a week from Thursday when they host the Estevan Bears at 7:00 p.m.