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AAA Warriors continue to roll along with decimation of Trojans

Warriors score six in second period on way to 12-3 victory at Mosaic Place on Friday
Ever since the Moose Jaw AAA Warriors lost a lackluster decision to the Swift Current Legionnaires early last week, things have been extremely different for the Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League crew.

And in a spectacularly good way.

In the three games since -- including a 12-3 win over the Tisdale Trojans at Mosaic Place on Friday night -- the Warriors have racked up 29 goals and looked like an unstoppable offensive juggernaut on their way to three commanding wins.

That’s all a product of a hard introspective look the team took after the loss to Swift Current, and to say the least, it’s paid huge dividends.

“After that we kind of started over and broke everything down in our systems and watched a lot of video that week and I think now we’re just progressing and playing the game the right way with our habits,” said Warriors head coach Trevor Weisgerber, who saw his crew improve to 5-1-0-0 on the season. “Everything is kind of coming along now and it’s nice to see, we’ve had three good games where we’ve done a better job and we’ll just keep working.”

Things were relatively close through the first half of the first period, as the Warriors only held a 2-1 lead with 7:11 to play in the frame. But a pair of goals in the final 2:29 would be a harbinger of things to come.

As in six straight goals in the second for a 10-1 lead through two, followed by another pair in the final frame to finish things off.

What made things even more impressive was the simple stick-to-itiveness the team showed throughout the contest, even after a bit of a let-up in the third that let Tisdale score a pair early in the period.

“You want to make sure that when you’re (running away with a game) you’re still playing the right way, and we talk about habits all the time, where playing the right way is all part of it.,” Weisgerber said. “We kind of got away from it a little bit in the third there, but when you have a lead like that it’s tough to keep rolling. But the guys did a pretty good job out there tonight.”

Daxin Peterson led the assault with two goals and two assists, while Blake Betson and Brady Wilson had two goals and a helper apiece. Jake Briltz scored once and had two assists, Rowan Calvert a goal and an assist. Wyatt LaCoste, Austin Woodley, Liam Fitzpatrick and Aiden Yanko scored to round out the offience; Connor Miller added three assists.

Ethan Fechter turned aside 23 shots in taking the win, the Warriors fired 44 at Tisdale.

As well as things went Friday night against the now 1-5-0-0 Trojans, the Warriors are under no illusion that it’ll be just as easy regardless of who they play.

“Just every game, we want to take it the same, it doesn’t matter we’re playing, we want to make sure every game is played the proper way,” Weisgerber said. “ Now we’ll have a practice tomorrow and get ready for the Contacts… We just want to keep the ball rolling here and make sure we’re ready for Sunday.”

That contest will see the Warriors make the trip north to Saskatoon to face the Contacts at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.