The Moose Jaw Warriors were able to change the end of the script on Thursday night at Mosaic Place.
In a game that played out similar to the one on Wednesday in Swift Current, instead of allowing four third period goals, the Warriors scored four in the third on their way to an 8-2 beating of the Broncos.
“We played two really good games, but we limited out mistakes tonight and it resulted in a good victory for our team,” said forward Jayden Halbgewachs.
“We knew from last night what would happen if we let up, so we knew that we had to bring our ‘A’ game to get the win and we played a really good game.”
The win moved the Warriors five points in front of the Broncos for top spot in the East Division and the entire Western Hockey League.
Halbgewachs, who signed an entry level contract with San Jose earlier in the day, led the attack for Moose Jaw with two goals and three points. He now has a CHL-leading 37 goals in 37 games this season.
“Lots of goals are scored in front of the net and you’ve got to go to the dirty areas to put the puck in the net, so we did that tonight and it resulted in a big win,” said Halbgewachs.
Much like Wednesday night, the Warriors came out of the gates flying on Thursday, picking up first period goals from Halbgewachs, Justin Almeida and Dmitri Zaitsev, all in the opening 8:49 of the game.
Those three quick goals chased Broncos goalie Logan Flodell from the net, but he returned less than three minutes later.
Again like the night before, the Broncos started to push back in the second period and they cut Moose Jaw’s lead down to two with a goal from Beck Malenstyn just past the midway point of the frame.
This time, the Warriors had an answer as Luka Burzan burned down the wing and scored a highlight reel goal just a few minutes later to restore the three-goal lead.
“It felt great to get that goal, tonight I just played simple and stuck to what I do best, used my speed and as a team we played great tonight and that helped,” said Burzan, who snapped an eight-game pointless drought with a goal and two points in the win.
Kole Gable scored for the Broncos late in the second to make it a 4-2 game heading into the third, but Halbgewachs’ second of the game 4:17 into the final frame put momentum back on the Warriors’ side and they didn’t let up.
Tristin Langan and Oleg Sosunov scored 36 seconds apart, followed by Vince Loschiavo finishing off the onslaught with just over three minutes to go.
“The boys really found a way to dig in tonight and for the full sixty, play the right way, and everyone contributed,” said Assistant Coach Scott King.
“When you get a team down, you have to finish the job, you can’t let them keep creeping back into the game and we were able to do that.”
The scoring was spread out throughout the lineup for the Warriors as seven different players registered a goal. Almeida, Langan, Burzan and Zaitsev all finished with a goal and two points each.
Warriors’ leading scorer Brayden Burke was limited to just one assist in the game.
The Warriors threw at least 15 shots on the Broncos’ net each period, including out-shooting them 15-8 in the final frame. Moose Jaw out-shot Swift Current 48-31 overall in the game.
The Broncos struck on their only power play chance, while the Warriors went 0-for-4.
The Warriors are off on Friday night before meeting the Wheat Kings in Brandon for a Saturday matinee with a 2:30 p.m. puck drop at Westman Place. Moose Jaw will finish 2017 by hosting the Wheat Kings at Mosaic Place on New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m.