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Warriors take shut-out win over Argos

Ernst has 32-save performance as AAAs roll to comfortable victory
The Moose Jaw Warriors might not have hit double digits in their most recent contest against the Notre Dame Argos, but it was still a comfortable win just the same.

Dylan Ernst turned aside all 32 shots he faced and six players recorded two-point nights as the Warriors took a 6-0 victory over Notre Dame in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action at Mosaic Place on Thursday night.

That the contest was relatively competitive was a bonus for both teams, as the Warriors had taken 14-0 and 12-0 wins in the previous two meetings in Wilcox – including an 88-shot showing in their most recent contest.

Make no mistake, though, it was still a commanding win as the Warriors poured 21 shots on goal in each of the second and third periods on their way to finishing the night with 59 on Notre Dame goaltender Nikita Evstratov.

Connor McGrath and Kyle Forster gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead out of the first period before Kirk Mullen, Caelan Fitzpatrick and Chris Otterson extended the lead to 5-0 through two, with the latter two goals coming in the final 3:40 of the frame.

Davis Fry scored the only goal of the third.

Mullen, Fitzpatrick, Forster and McGrath all added one assist each, while Parker Jasper and Sam Boldt had two helpers apiece.

The Warriors improved to 14-6-1-0 on the season and continue to hold down third place in the SMAAAHL while also sporting the best goal differential in the league at plus-48. They sit two points back of the second-place Saskatoon Contacts and four back of the first-place Saskatoon Blazers.

Earlier in the week, the Warriors were officially announced as one of the teams that will compete in the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament beginning Boxing Day in Calgary. The hyper-elite 25-team tournament is one of the most heavily scouted and watched event of it’s kind and has acted as a launch pad for many a top Western Hockey League and even National Hockey League player.

The Warriors are back in action this weekend when they travel to Tisdale for a two-game set with the Trojans. Next home action is Thursday, Dec. 12 when they host the Notre Dame Hounds.