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Warriors show fight in loss to Winnipeg

Tribe score pair in third but drop 5-4 decision to Ice
It might have been a game they were all but set up to lose, but the Moose Jaw Warriors didn't go quietly.

Playing their third game in three nights, coming off a long bus trip and little rest the night before, the Warriors still managed to score a pair of third-period goals before dropping a 5-4 decision in Western Hockey League action on Sunday night.

And like so many games this season, it was an identifiable stretch of hockey that made the difference – even if those timespans are getting shorter and shorter.

This time, it was a four-minute run beginning when Winnipeg's Michael Teply took a double minor with 4:34 to play in the second period. The penalty came out of a stretch of play the Warriors had been carrying and shortly after Cade Hayes scored to pull the Tribe within one 3-2.

Instead, it would be the Ice that took advantage, first when Cole Muir scored shorthanded with 3:23 to play in the period and then on the ensuing rush after the penalty expired, ending with Teply scoring with 28 seconds to play.

The Warriors didn't pack it in, though, and Kade Runke would make things interesting with his first Western Hockey League goal with 8:54 gone in the third.

Tate Popple would then make things very interesting indeed with 2:03 to play when he scored with goaltender Brock Gould pulled for the extra attacker.

The Warriors would press in the final two minutes but wouldn't be able to find the tying marker.

Logan Doust scored the lone goal for Moose Jaw in the first period. Ryder Korczak finished with a pair of assists.

Peyton Krebs had a pair of power play goals in the first on the only two penalties the Warriors would take in the game, while Dawson Barteaux had their other marker early in the second.

Gould was his usual busy self with a 38-save performance in the Warriors goal, while the Tribe would fire 20 shots at Winnipeg's Jesse Makaj.

The Warriors will now have the week off before returning to the ice Friday to host the Saskatoon Blades. Game times is 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place.

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