The win streak will end at four games for the Moose Jaw WINMAR AAA Warriors, as they fell 5-3 to the visiting Tisdale Trojans on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s turning point was the second period, as Tisdale was able to score three unanswered goals to have the game’s momentum on their side.
Following Saturday’s loss Warriors head coach Trevor Weisgerber says that the loss came down to Tisdale outworking his squad.
“They won a bunch of puck battles,” says Weisgerber. “We made some big mistakes that ended up costing us goals. It wasn’t a very good second period at all. It doesn’t matter whom you’re playing, if you play like that, it’s going to be tough to stay in and win hockey games.”
Moose Jaw drops to 15-16-0-4 on the season but remains in 7th place in the league standings – eight points behind the Warman Wildcats for 6th place.
Grady Hoffman, Dylan Duzan, and Bryce Boughen were the goal scorers for the Warriors in the loss.
To start the first period, it was the Trojans who came out putting a lot of pressure on the Warriors. That intensity led to the game’s opening goal.
Tisdale’s Jared Burnett would float one on the net and Parker Dunn would redirect it past Warriors’ starter Ryan Hicks making it 1-0, 2:29 in the game.
Moose Jaw would respond with some quality chances of their own but wasn’t able to beat Trojans starter, Lane Beal.
It wasn’t until 7:25 left in the period that Moose Jaw was able to strike. Moose Jaw would find themselves on a two-on-one and Liam Fitzpatrick would float it over to Dylan Duzan and he wouldn’t miss the wide open cage beating Beal for his 11th of the season.
Fitzpatrick and Max Threinen would grab the assists on the goal.
That’s all the scoring for the first period, as the game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.
Shots were in favour of Moose Jaw 12-9.
Tisdale would start the second period on a powerplay after Fitzpatrick would be called for a slashing penalty late in the first period.
Off the opening faceoff to start the second frame, Grady Hoffman would break into the Trojan’s end, cut into the slot, and beat Beal on the blocker side for his 17th of the season and his first shorthanded marker of the year to make it 2-1.
The tide would turn in Tisdale’s favour after Hoffman’s goal and they would take control of the period.
It all started with Carter Ralston, who went through Moose Jaw’s defense and beat Hicks five-hole to tie the game 2-2, 5:12 after the Warriors took the lead.
Blake Girard would give Tisdale the lead with 9:08 left in the period, as he used his speed to get some space on the left wing in the Moose Jaw end and rifled the puck over the glove of Hicks to make it 3-2.
The offense continued for Tisdale 41 seconds later, after Hicks mishandled the puck behind his own net, Pryce Thiessen would find Jaxon Kehrig in front of the net and he made no mistake firing it into the open net, making it 4-2 Trojans.
That fourth goal ended Hicks’ night as he allowed four goals on 16 shots and Ryan Bain would come into the game in relief.
Bain would be tested quickly, but the Hanley product would stand tall and make some five-bell saves to keep the Warriors only down 4-2 after 40 minutes.
The shots after two periods were 23-22 for Moose Jaw.
Moose Jaw would come out in the third period and put everything they had at Beal but couldn’t cut into the Trojan’s 4-2 lead.
There would be no scoring until just over three minutes left into the game. Cooper Buhay would throw the puck on the net and Bryce Boughen would tip it over the glove of Beal to cut the lead to 4-3.
Moose Jaw would have some life late in the game and pulled their goalie, but Tisdale’s Peyton Kostiuk would ice the game, as he would find twine in the empty net and make the final 5-3.
The final shot count was 38-30 for Moose Jaw in the loss.
Bain would make 22 saves in relief. Moose Jaw's powerplay went 0-for-4 on the afternoon, while their penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4.
Moose Jaw will try to make up some ground on Warman, as the Wildcats are the next opponent for the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s game will kick off at 1:30 p.m., at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.