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UPDATED: AAA Warriors pick up pair of pre-season wins

Moose Jaw takes 3-2 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, defeat Regina 5-4 in overtime Sunday
The Moose Jaw AAA Warriors are showing off some impressive late-game chops through the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League pre-season.

The Warriors picked up a pair of wins over the weekend, with goals in the final 10 minutes of both contests securing the victories – 3-2 over the Notre Dame Hounds on Saturday and 5-4 in overtime over the Regina Pat Canadians on Sunday.

Moose Jaw improved to a league-best 4-0 in the pre-season standings and will close out their exhibition games on Thursday, Sept. 19 when they host the Pat Cs (7 p.m., Mosaic Place).

“It was a good weekend for the guys, but it’s still early,” said Warriors coach Trevor Weisgerber. “It’s exhibition so we’re putting guys in different scenarios and it’s just little things like blocking shots at the end of the games that we have to get better at. We need to sacrifice in order to win those games, especially when we get into the regular season.

“But we’re happy with how the guys are playing. We have a good group of kids here who work hard and that’s all we can ask. As long as we’re in every game and we’re competing, doing what we need to do to win some hockey games, we’re happy with it.”

Warriors 3, Notre Dame 2

The Warriors scored three goals in the final 2:42 of the game – including the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining – as they took a 3-2 victory over the Hounds in Wilcox.

Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead out of the first period off a goal from Avery Kirkup before extending their edge to 2-0 when John Greenough scored 3:32 into the final frame.

Connor McGrath got the Warriors on the board with 2:42 remaining in the contest and added his second marker on the power play only 21 seconds later to knot things up 2-2.

That set the stage for Atley Calvert to score the game winner with 45 seconds remaining, as Davis Fry and Sam Boldt drew assists.

Chase Coward turned aside 24 shots to earn the win, Ian Lee made 45 saves in the Notre Dame goal.

Warriors 5, Regina 4

It was the opposition’s turn to stage a massive comeback in Sunday’s contest, as the Warriors took a 3-0 lead into the final frame only to see Regina score three times to tie the game with 6:52 remaining.

Parker Jasper would score his second of the game with 5:42 remaining, though, and it looked as if his marker would hold as the game-winner until Noah Kuntz scored with nine seconds left to send things into overtime.

There, Lucius Schmidt would score 2:39 into the extra frame to give the Warriors the win.

Ben Peterson finished with a goal and an assist for Moose Jaw while Schmidt added a pair of assists to his overtime winner.

Chase Coward got the start in goal and stopped all 15 shots he faced, while Jayden Watterson faced eight shots through the third period and overtime.

Noah Kuntz had a goal and two assists for Regina, while Carson Whyte scored twice and Brayden Barnett added a goal and an assist.

Jackson Taupert got the start for the Pat Canadians and stopped 14 shots, Joshua McCloughlin gave up two goals on four shots in a period and half as his replacement.