It’s now a three-game win streak for the Moose Jaw WINMAR AAA Warriors as they doubled up the Yorkton Maulers 4-2 on Wednesday at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.
Dylan Duzan had a pair of goals including the game-winner in the third period and was named the game’s first star.
“I got the puck and got them in the net as quickly as possible, as it’s been a while since I’ve scored, it felt good,” says Duzan.
Ryan Bain showed up with another stellar performance in net for the Warriors stopping 39 of 41 shots he faced, picking up his third-straight win, which gives him eight on the season.
“I thought I had a really good game,” explains Bain after Wednesday’s win. “I had to make sure I was making saves and keeping the team in the game. The team had lots of blocked shots in front of me, which was great to see. Overall, I felt we had a great team effort.”
Connor Miller and Rhett Perrin had the other goals for Moose Jaw on Wednesday night.
The win propelled them into seventh place in the Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League standings and now two points in front of Prince Albert and five points ahead of Yorkton. They improved to 14-15-0-4 on the season.
Though there was no scoring in the first period, there wasn’t a shortage of scoring opportunities, as both goalies played stellar to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
Yorkton led in the shot department 16-13 after the first period.
It wasn’t until 3:10 into the second period that the game’s first goal was scored. Moose Jaw would get their first powerplay of the night and it didn’t take them long to capitalize on it, as Connor Miller took the cross-ice feed from Grady Hoffman to tap it in on the back door. That was Miller’s 18th of the season and his ninth on the powerplay.
Liam Fitzpatrick picked up the other assist on the goal.
Moose Jaw would keep that 1-0 lead until just over seven minutes left in the second period.
Shaden Duliak would get some space on the right wing and fire it on Bain, who would make the initial save but Jeffrey Stewart followed up on the rebound at the near post to put it home to tie the game 1-1.
The game wouldn’t be tied for long though. On another powerplay, Rhett Perrin would get the puck on the far side of the net and rip it home past the sprawling Maulers goalie for his eighth of the season and first on the man advantage.
Ryder Knutson would get the lone assist on the goal.
The Warriors would take the 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Yorkton led in shots after 40 minutes 30-27.
Yorkton would tie the game early into the third period after Duliak was sprung on a breakaway and put it over the glove of Bain for his 15th of the season.
Like they did in the second period, Moose Jaw would respond quickly to take their third lead of the game. On an odd-man rush, Fitzpatrick would put one off the pad of Mauler's starter Blake Sittler and Dylan Duzan would pounce on the rebound for his 9th of the season and the eventual game-winner.
Moose Jaw would ice the game with just over eight minutes left. After some good board play by Duzan and Hoffman, the puck popped out in front of the net and Duzan would put it over the blocker of Sittler and extend the lead to 4-2. Hoffman and Fitzpatrick would pick assists on the goal.
Though Yorkton threw everything they had at Bain, they couldn’t tie the game, and the Warriors would pick up their 14th win of the season.
The final shot count was 41-41.
Moose Jaw’s powerplay finished 2-for-4 on the evening, while their penalty was a perfect 4-for-4.
Fitzpatrick finished the game with three assists, extending his point streak to nine games, and propelling him into the league lead in scoring with 51 points. Hoffman had a solid game offensively, as he added two assists in the win.
The Warriors will get the weekend off and continue their seven-game homestand on Jan. 25 against the Swift Legionnaires.