It was a tough night for the Moose Jaw WINMAR AAA Warriors as they saw their second-period lead evaporate in a matter of 12 seconds, losing to the Swift Current Legionnaires 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Jace Egland’s second-period goal with 6:46 left in the frame was the game-winner for Swift Current.
Ryan Hicks had another stellar performance in the net for the Warriors stopping 26 of 30 shots he faced on Tuesday.
Max Threinen and Grady Hoffman were the goal scorers for Moose Jaw in the loss. Threinen picked up his second of the year, while Hoffman notched his ninth.
Moose Jaw’s Connor Miller walked away with the game's second-star honours picking up an assist.
The Warriors came out of the gate hungry for a win and controlled the tempo early in the first period but couldn’t beat Legionnaires started Berney Weston.
Then came Swift Current finding their legs after nine days off, as they had several grade-A opportunities but Hicks stood the test and kept the game scoreless.
On the Legionnaire's 10th shot of the opening frame, they were able to find the back of the net late in the period. Cam Perlinger would drive to the net with Hicks making the initial save, but his brother Cobe would grab the rebound and put it over the glove of Hicks for the 1-0 lead with 1:05 left.
Swift Current would take that lead into the first intermission and have the shot advantage 11-6 as well.
The start of the second period would be controlled by the Warriors, as right off the opening faceoff they hemmed the Legionnaires in their own zone for over a minute and were rewarded. Max Threinen would put a shot on Weston and it would find its way between the legs of the netminder and into the back of the net for his second of the season, tying the game at 1-1. Wyatt LaCoste and Connor Miller would pick up assists on the goal.
Just over eight minutes later the Warriors would be rewarded with their first powerplay of the game. After some good puck movement, Rhett Perrin would drive to the net and Weston would stop the initial shot, but Grady Hoffman would follow up the rebound and notch his ninth of the season giving the Warriors the 2-1 lead.
Perrin would pick up the lone assist on the goal.
The game-deciding goals were scored by Swift Current with just under seven minutes left in the period. First Campbell Pinsonneault would pick up a loose puck in the slot in rifle past the blocker of Hicks to tie the game 2-2.
Off the centre-ice faceoff, a collapse by the Warriors defense would allow a two-on-zero breakaway for Swift Current, and Parker Rondeau passed it cross-ice to Jace Egland and he snuck it past a diving Hicks to take their lead back 3-2.
The shots after 40 minutes were in favour of the Legionnaires 20-18.
The third period was a back-and-forth affair with chances by both sides but Moose Jaw couldn’t find that tying goal.
Egland would put the nail in the coffin for the Legionnaires late in the third period. On Swift Current’s first powerplay of the night, a point shot from Cobe Perlinger would hit a Moose Jaw player in front and change directions trickling over the goal line to make it 4-2.
Though Moose Jaw pulled their goalie for the extra attacker late in the game they were unable to cut the deficit and would lose the game 4-2.
The final shot count was 31-30 for Moose Jaw.
With the loss, Hicks would drop to 4-4-0-2, and Weston would pick up his 10th win of the season stopping 29 or 31 shots faced.
Moose Jaw drops their record to 5-8-0-3 and is in eighth place in the league standings.
The Warriors finished the night 1-for-4 on the powerplay, while Swift Current finished 1-for-3 with the extra man.
Moose Jaw will look to rebound on Thursday as they host the Estevan Bears for the second time this season at the Moose Jaw Events Centre. Things get rolling at 7:00 p.m.