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AAA Warriors cap solid week with loss to Mintos

Warriors take 2-1 win over Beardy’s Saturday before dropping 4-2 decision to Prince Albert Sunday
The Moose Jaw AAA Warriors weren’t able to continue their winning streak through this past weekend, but the end result still sees the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League squad showing plenty of promise.

The Warriors took a 2-1 victory over the Beardy’s Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 26 before dropping a 4-2 decision to the Prince Albert Mintos the following afternoon in a pair of contests at Mosaic Place.

As a result, the Warriors now hold a 7-4-0-0 record, good enough for sixth place in the league, one point out of fifth place and a spot in the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament.

Prince Albert 4, Warriors 2

The Warriors appeared to do enough to win their fifth game in a row, but a lack of early finish proved to be their undoing.

“We definitely generated enough to put some goals in the net there, but it comes down to executing,” said Warriors coach Trevor Weisgerber. “We have to bear down and execute on those opportunities, it was the same thing last night, we had plenty of chances and plenty of grade-A chances. We just need guys to shoot not just for the sake of shooting but shooting to score goals.”

The Warriors outshot the Mintos 39-25 and dominated zone time in the early going, but it was Prince Albert – with goals from Dawson Springer and Austin McLean – that led 2-0 through two periods.

Sam Boldt got Moose Jaw on the board with a power-play goal 4:07 into the third, only to see Chase Bertholet give P.A. back their two-goal lead 56 seconds later. After Austin McLean scored an insurance marker midway through the period to put the Mintos up 4-1, Davis Fry closed out scoring for the Warriors with 1:05 to play.

Chase Coward made 21 saves in the Warriors net.

“Effort-wise, it’s there,” Weisgerber said. “We are getting better and when you play these good teams and are outchancing them early on, you have to get a couple. We let them stick around and get into some penalty trouble that’s the result.”

Warriors 2, Beardy’s 1

Parker Douglas scored the game-winning goal 4:57 into the third period as the Warriors won their fourth straight.

Ben Wourms-Rowe scored in the first period for Moose Jaw, Cole Duppereault scored for Beardy’s in the second.

Coward had a 32 save performance in the win.

The Warriors are back in action Wednesday when they travel to Regina to face the Pat Canadians.

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