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Moose Jaw teams look for first wins in Sask AA Hockey League after narrow losses

Warriors lose close ones in U13, U18 divisions as South Sask action continues this weekend
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The Moose Jaw Warriors are still looking for their first win in Saskatchewan AA Hockey League action this season but had a couple of close calls this past weekend.

The Under-13 Warriors dropped a 3-2 decision to the Estevan Bruins at home on Saturday before falling 11-1 to the first-place Melville Millionaires on Monday, while the U15 Warriors fell 12-2 to the Humboldt Broncos Saturday and 7-1 to the North East Wolfpack Sunday. The U18 Warriors lost 6-2 to the Regina Vics before becoming the first local team to pick up a point this season with a 6-5 overtime loss Sunday.

Estevan 3, U13 Warriors 2

The Bruins scored the lone goal of the third period to snap a 2-2 draw and it would stand as the game-winner.

Luke Pratte scored the only marker in the first as Moose Jaw took a 1-0 lead and added his second goal with 6:15 to play in the second to give the Warriors a 2-1 edge at the time.

Estevan tied the contest 11 seconds later. 

Nixon Friesen had two assists for the warriors.

Brycen Gailbrath stopped 17 shots in taking the loss.

Melville 11, U13 Warriors 1

The Warriors didn’t have much luck on Monday in Melville, as the Millionaires scored four in the first and led 7-1 through two.

Giovanni Rinaldi scored Moose Jaw’s lone goal with 6:10 gone in the second.

Spencer Jameson made 22 saves in goal.

The U13 Warriors are back in action Sunday when they host Swift Current (1-0). Game time is 1:30 p.m. (Bert Hunt).

Humboldt 12, U15 Warriors 2

The Warriors found themselves right in the thick of things through two periods, as Colton Flanagan and Cooper Erickson scored power-play goals to get Moose Jaw within three 5-2.

Humboldt didn’t let up in the final frame, though, scoring seven unanswered to take the commanding win.

Erickson also had an assist, Grayson Hrenyk faced 49 shots.

North East 7, U15 Warriors 1

It was another close one in the early going, as Carson Deichert scored 1:28 into the contest to opening scoring but North East would take a 2-1 lead out of the period.

The Wolfpack extended their lead to 4-1 through two before adding three insurance markers in the third.

Casson Silbernagel kept his crew in the game with 63 saves, including 27 in the first period.

The U15 Warriors are back in action Friday when they host Yorkton (1-1). Game time is 8:15 p.m. (Bert Hunt).

Regina Vics 6, U18 Warriors 2

The Warriors used a stellar goaltending performance from Jayden Watterson to stay in contact with the Vics, as he would turn aside 66 shots on the night, including 26 in the first and 25 in the second.

As a result, the Warriors found themselves trailing 2-1 after the first on a goal from Noah Osiowy and 3-2 through two after Aydin Tatum scored.

Regina closed things out with three unanswered in the third.

Melville 6, U18 Warriors 5

The Warriors found themselves in a barnburner to close out their weekend, including seven goals in a back-and-forth third period.

Brendan Gerbrandt and Marc Belanger scored in the first period and those goals would turn into a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. There, the two teams exchanged the lead multiple times before Noah Osiowy scored with 7:58 remaining to put the Warriors ahead 5-4. They couldn’t make the edge stick, though as Melville tied the game with 1:25 remaining.

Melville then scored 4:13 into overtime to take the win.

Landyn MacLachland followed Watterson’s impressive goaltending showing with one of his own, stopping 62 shots, including 29 in the third.

The U18 Warriors return to the ice Saturday when they host Weyburn (1-2-0-1). Game time is 5:30 p.m. (Bert Hunt).