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WINMAR Warriors split games to open busy week of action

Moose Jaw drops 6-2 decision to league-leading Blazers Monday before rebounding with 4-1 win over Swift Current Tuesday

Consistency has been a bit of a thing for the Moose Jaw WINMAR Warriors as of late, and the beginning of a busy week in Sask Male AAA Hockey League action offered the latest example.

The Warriors dropped a 6-2 decision to the league-leading Saskatoon Blazers on Monday in Saskatoon but rebounded in style one night later against another of the SMAAAHL’s top teams, battling to a 4-1 win over the Legionnaires in Swift Current on Tuesday.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for Moose Jaw, who now have a 17-16-2-0 record to sit in eighth place, seven points up on the Saskatoon Contacts and four points back of fifth-place Prince Albert.

The Warriors were right there with the first-place Blazers early in the third period, as goals from Kanyan Unger and Cooper Buhay saw Moose Jaw trailing 3-2 at the 3:48 mark of the frame.

Saskatoon would get goals from Lee Shurgot, Kristian Lacelle and Caine Wilke over the final 13:34, though, and go on to their comfortable win.

Wilke also scored in the first, while Cohen Harris and Shaan Basran had their other markers.

Ryan Bain faced 35 shots in the loss, while the Warriors had 36 shots on Madex Kabrud.

It was a far different story 24 hours later in Swift Current.

Caleb Potter scored back-to-back goals and Keaton Lesperance also hit the scoresheet as Moose Jaw scored three power-play markers in the first 10 minutes of the second period.

That gave Moose Jaw a 3-0 lead, but Jace England would snap Luke McKechnie’s shutout bid with six minutes to play in the second.

Max Threinen then finished off scoring in the third period, scoring the Warriors’ fourth goal on the man advantage with 6:05 gone.

McKechnie would go on to stop 33 shots to earn the win, Berney Weston had 36 stops for Swift Current.

Next action for the WINMAR Warriors is Saturday at 7 p.m. when they host the Regina Pat Canadians at the Moose Jaw Events Centre. The Warriors then close out the week on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds.

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