Right from the start of the Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League season, there was a feeling that the Moose Jaw Winmar Warriors were more than capable of getting on a lengthy roll.
There have been some tough runs since, but it very much looks like that time has come.
The Warriors picked up their fourth straight win on Wednesday night, scoring the lone goal of the second period and going on to a 3-2 victory over the Swift Current Legionnaires at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.
As a result, the Warriors have clawed their way back to .500 and are now 15-15-0-4 to sit in seventh place in the 12-team league heading into play this weekend. Moose Jaw trails the Warman Wildcats -- who they face at home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. -- by seven points for sixth place and hold a three-point lead over the Prince Albert Mintos.
Connor Miller opened scoring for the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring his 19th of the season 4:36 into the proceedings, as Moose Jaw and Swift Current left the opening frame tied 1-1.
Liam Fitzpatrick scored the lone goal in the second period, with his marker coming at the 14:02 mark of the frame. The Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product now has 24 goals and 51 points on the season, sitting second in the former category and third overall in the latter, a single point out of first.
The Warriors added an insurance marker off the stick of Jake Briltz 2:14 into the final period, and that would be enough to hold on for the win.
Gabe Perlinger scored for the Legionnaires in the first, Hudson Darby had their other marker with 56 seconds to play in the game.
Ryan Bain faced 23 shots to earn the win for Moose Jaw, while the Warriors had 34 shots on Berney Weston.
The Winmar Warriors return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Tisdale Trojans before their aforementioned game against Warman Sunday. Both games are at 1:30 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.