The Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary Hitmen fought for their ice in a tight game on  Wednesday at Mosaic Place and when the smoke cleared, the Hitmen skated away with a narrow 3-2 shootout win.

Both teams have the ability to race up the ice in transition but throughout the first period, both teams did a good job keeping tight gaps and not allowing many quality scoring chances.

Moose Jaw's best chances came while on the power play, which they spent plenty of time on in the opening frame. The Warriors were awarded two four-minute power plays and inside the second power play, they had 1:52 to work on a two-man advantage, but couldn't punch the puck in, which kept the game scoreless.

Five minutes into the second period, 20-year-old Dalton Hamaliuk fought the puck away from the Hitmen on the left boards and tossed it to the right side for Josh Brook, who took a shot to the net where Tristin Langan deflected in his 31st of the season.

Calgary pressed late and with under four minutes left in the frame picked up a goal from Kaden Elder to tie the game at one.

Calgary outshot the Warriors 18-8 in the third period but the Warriors took a 2-1 lead at 8:16 when Keenan Taphorn deflected a Hamaliuk shot for this 10th of the season.

Moose Jaw's lead held for the majority of the third but with 2:35 left in regulation, Hitmen defenceman Dakota Krebs stepped inside the Warriors' right circle and snuck a puck past Adam Evanoff to tie the game at two and force overtime.

The extra period didn't produce a game-winning goal, which propelled this game to a shootout.

Moose Jaw got goals from Justin Almeida and Brayden Tracey in the shootout, but the Hitmen picked up three straight goals from James Malm, Carson Focht, and Josh Prokop to take the game 3-2.

Hamaliuk led the Warriors with two assists, while Evanoff made 35 saves, and Calgary's Jack McNaughton made 33 saves.

Moose Jaw was 0-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The Warriors have Thursday off to get ready for a pair of home games on the weekend.  On Friday, the Seattle Thunderbirds, who won 4-1 in Prince Albert on Wednesday, are in town for the only time this season and then on Saturday, the Brandon Wheat Kings make their final stop of the regular season to the Mosaic Place.

More Sports News

Warriors Ready for Blades, WHL Playoffs

After heading into the WHL Playoffs as the favourite over the past two seasons, the Moose Jaw Warriors are looking forward to the underdog role this time around. The Warriors will face-off with the…

Cyclones Looking for Redemption at Hoopla

Back-to-back losses in the provincial final have the Central Cyclones determined heading into Hoopla 2019 this weekend in Saskatoon. "Those two losses were good for us, they've motivated us this…

Toilers Focused Heading into Hoopla

Experience will be on the Peacock Toilers' side heading into Hoopla 2019 in Saskatoon this weekend. The Toilers' six seniors have won a provincial championship before and have been to Hoopla in each…

Three Warriors Win Conference Awards

The Moose Jaw Warriors were big winners on Wednesday as the Western Hockey League announced the 2018-19 conference award winners. Three Warriors will be up for league awards after winning Eastern…

Mossbank’s Nagel Headed to ECHL

Tanner Nagel is getting the opportunity to continue his hockey career. The Mossbank product wrapped up his Western Hockey League career with the Swift Current Broncos last weekend and promptly signed…

Barker Wins Original 16 Cash League Title

A champion was crowned at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre on Wednesday night as the Original 16 Cash League wrapped up its season. Penny Barker's BTN Chartered Accountants rink rolled to a 9-2 win…

Petruic Powers Yorkton to 3-1 Series Lead

Moose Jaw's Branden Klatt, Chantz Petruic and the Yorkton Terriers moved one game away from a major upset in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Petruic had a goal and two points to lead the…

Atom A Warriors Eliminated from Playoffs

The Moose Jaw Atom A Warriors had their season come to an end on Wednesday night. The Warriors were eliminated from Hockey Regina's league playoffs with a 4-1 loss to the Regina Capitals in the Queen…

Strong Results for Rotary Track Club in Saskatoon

The Moose Jaw Rotary Track Club had a fantastic showing at the Kinsmen Indoor Games in Saskatoon this past weekend. The local club won 17 medals, including five gold, and had runners set a number of…

Season of Growth on Track for MJ's Branning

A great athlete always wants more and that's where Jonah Branning is at coming out of his first season with the Regina Cougars track team. The Moose Jaw product won three medals at the Canada West… is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide