It was a frustrating night at Mosaic Place for the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Warriors threw everything they had at Stuart Skinner, but couldn't beat the Broncos netminder in a 2-0 shutout loss in Game 5.
"I though we were the better team tonight, we hit four or five posts, one of those goes in on one of those early power plays and it could be a different game," said Warriors forward Brayden Burke.
"We controlled the play for 58 minutes of the game, so when that happens, it's frustrating not to get the win. Their goalie played a good game and their team buckled down in the third to not let us get too many chances, so that’s not fun for sure, not much you can say about it, it's just really frustrating."
Swift Current hadn't won back-to-back games yet in the playoffs, but they were able to break that trend with a big win on Friday night.
"To be able to get two in a row, especially in their building, it's a hard building to play in, so tonight was a big win for us," said Skinner.
"I felt good and I have to give a lot of credit to the guys in front of me doing their job, blocking shots and if we didn't score any goals, we'd still be playing right now, so I've got to give all the credit to the boys in front of me."
The loss has the Warriors down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series heading to Swift Current for Game 6 on Saturday.
The Warriors have now been held off the board for six straight periods after scoring both goals in the double overtime Game 4 in the second period.
This was the second shutout of the series for Skinner, who also blanked the Warriors in Game 2 in Moose Jaw.
"We couldn't find the puck across the goal line and on the power play, we didn't have any finish and we didn't have finish tonight five-on-five, we were close, but we have to get our nose to our toes and keep our head down in front of the net and dig in and finish the deal and we're not," said Warriors head coach Tim Hunter. "We're not getting enough guys inside, they compact everyone down around home plate and we're not getting inside and we're going to have to do that (in Game 6) in Swift Current."
The Warriors were without 20-year-old forward Tanner Jeannot in the game and dressed eight defencemen with Kale Clague, Josh Brook, Oleg Sosunov and Matthew Benson all seeing time at forward.
The turning point actually came early in the game as the Warriors spent six of the game's first nine minutes on the power play, but hit two posts and couldn't beat Skinner.
Just a couple minutes after the first penalty kill, the Broncos opened the scoring when Kaden Elder tipped a point shot past Warriors goalie Brody Willms, who made 22 saves in the loss.
The Warriors out-shot the Broncos, 14-10, in the first period and then held without a shot until late in the second period, but couldn't find the equalizer, no matter how much pressure they put on Skinner and the Broncos.
While the Warriors continued to pressure for the equalizer, the Broncos got some insurance midway through the third period when a broken play led to Giorgio Estephen burying a chance in front to make it 2-0.
The Warriors are a combined 0-for-9 on the power play over the past two games.
"Our power play has to be better, we can't be wasting opportunities like we've had in the last two games, that's why we're down in the series right now, so we've got to be better and we know what it takes in that room, but it's frustrating right now," said Burke, who leads the Warriors with nine goals in the playoffs.
Despite the Warriors struggles to find the back of the net over the past two games, the team remains confident that they will be able to get the job done heading into Game 6 on the road with their season on the line.
"It's the exact same scenario as last year, going to Swift Current and we have to win, we won last year, we'll win tomorrow and bring it back here for Game 7," said Hunter.
The Warriors haven't lost three games in a row all season and Burke doesn't expect that to change in this series, "We've been doing it all season where we have a tough game and we come back and we play a good game the next night," he said. "We know what we've got to do in the room and we know that we've got the personnel to do it, so it's just a matter of getting up, going into a tough building and getting the win."
The Warriors and Broncos meet for Game 6 on Saturday night at the Credit Union Iplex in Swift Current. The Pre-Game Show is on the air at 6:40 p.m. on Country 100. If the Warriors win, Game 7 will be back at Mosaic Place on Monday.