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Warriors power play on point in win over Broncos in Swift Current

Moose Jaw scores three goals with the man advantage, go on to 6-1 victory over Broncos
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It might only be the pre-season and literally every team in the Western Hockey League is missing key players at this point, but the Moose Jaw Warriors have looked very good in the early going.

The Warriors had a pair of goals from Kade Runke and scored three times with the man advantage as they went on to a 6-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos in Swift Current on Friday night.

Runke got things going early in the contest, taking a nice feed from Logan Doust and beating Broncos netminder Joey Rocha with the game’s first goal at 5:04 of the first.

The Warriors extended their lead only 43 seconds later, this time with Cade Hayes picking up his first to give the Warriors an early 2-0 edge.

Owen PIckering would get one back for Swift Current with 7:05 remaining in the frame, but they would get no closer on the night.

Runke extended the Warriors’ lead to 3-1 with 4:01 gone in the second. Hayes and Denton Mateychuk drew assists.

Exactly six minutes later, it was Nathan Pilling’s turn to score his first, again on the Moose Jaw man advantage. Ben Riche picked up his second assist of the game, Matthew Gallant also had a helper.

The Warriors power play struck for a third time with 1:16 remaining in the second, as Robert Baco scored his second of the pre-season. Gallant drew his second assist and Max Wanner also got on the scoresheet with a helper.

Pilling put the Warriors up 6-1 with an unassisted marker with 6:40 to play to close out scoring.

All told, the Warriors were 3-for-7 with the man advantage, the Broncos were 0-for-2

Brett Mirwald had a relatively simple night in goal, facing only 14 shots on the night, while the Warriors fired 49 at Rocha, including 20 in the second period alone.

The two teams are back in action on Saturday night when the Warriors host the Broncos at 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place.

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