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Warriors pick up first win in Sask AA Hockey League U13 division

Moose Jaw takes 7-2 victory over Weyburn to crack win column as local AA teams roll into new year
The Moose Jaw Warriors haven’t had a lot of luck through the first half of the Sask AA Hockey League U13 division season, but Thursday night was their time to shine.

The Warriors picked up their first win of the season in league play at the Kinsmen Arena, rolling to a 7-2 victory over the Weyburn Youngfellow Wings.

Things were close in the first period as Micah Coupland and Takeo Smith scored for the Warriors to give them a 2-1 edge out of the opening frame, but after Weyburn tied things up early in the second, it was all Moose Jaw from there.

Tylan Arnold, Nixon Friesen and Max Craig all scored before the period was out to put the Warriors ahead 5-2 heading into the third, where Friesen and Kingson McLeod added further insurance markers to cap scoring.

McLeod added three assists to finish with a four-point outing, while Coupland and Luke Pratte also had a pair of helpers.

Brycen Galbraith turned aside 35 shots for the win.

The Warriors improved to 1-16-0 on the season and are back in action Tuesday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Weyburn.

The U15 AA Warriors -- who picked up their first win back on Dec. 11, a 5-2 victory over the Melville Millionaires -- were most recently in action on Sunday, Jan. 2 and dropped an 8-1 decision to the Regina Monarchs. 

Things were close in the early going, with Ryan Gibbs scoring for Moose Jaw in the first as Regina built a 3-1 lead. The Monarchs scored four in the second to take control of the game, though, and would outshoot the Warriors 56-16, including 22 shots in the third.

Grayson Hrenyk took the loss in goal, allowing seven markers on 27 shots, while Casson Silbernagel -- who last week was named to the SaskFirst Top-80 team -- made 21 saves in the third.

Steven Steranka scored five goals and six points for Regina.

The U15 Warriors are now 1-17-0-1 on the season and return to the ice on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Estevan.

As for things in the U18 AA division, the Warriors have been having a better time of it, outside of recent postponements due to COVID-19 that saw games on Jan. 6 in Balgonie and Jan. 9 at home against Yorkton rescheduled.

Their most recent outing was back on Monday, Jan, 3 and saw the Warriors take a 4-3 victory over the Regina Capitals, giving them points in three-straight games.

Regina took a 4-2 lead into the final period, but Brendan Gerbrandt and Marc Belanger scored 19 seconds apart early in the third, and Moose Jaw held on for the one-goal win.

Belanger had the lone goal in the first period for the Warriors, who trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes. Jacob King then scored with 12 seconds remaining in the second to get Moose Jaw in striking distance.

Jacob Moran and Erik Tittemore each had two assists.

Jayden Watterson went the distance in goal and turned in a stellar showing, turning aside 42 shots.

The Warriors are now 8-13-1-2 on the season and are back on the ice this Sunday, Jan. 16 when they travel to Swift Current.