The Moose Jaw Warriors ran out of steam on Sunday as they finished a three-in-three weekend with a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Warriors did end up collecting four out of six points on the three-game road trip.
"It's huge to get those four points, chasing Saskatoon, but coming off that three-in-three or four-in-five, Calgary is a good team over there, they compete really hard, they're good around the net," said Warriors rookie defenceman Daemon Hunt. "We're not the happiest leaving without those two points, but we're going to continue to be positive."
Sunday's game marks the end of a stretch of 12 out of 13 games on the road for the Warriors. They finished with a 9-3-1 over that 13-game stretch.
"The guys are comfortable on the road, we take advantage that we get, especially on special teams, we've been really good, our penalty kill has been really picking it up, so we're proud of that," said Hunt.
The Hitmen had Saturday off to get ready for the Warriors and they used their fresh legs to establish a pace early in the game which led to pressure inside the Moose Jaw zone.
Just over a minute into the game, Hitmen leading scoring Mark Kastelic drove to the top of the right Warrior circle and was able to put a shot past Brodan Salmond to give Calgary the early lead.
At the six-minute mark, the Hitmen extended their lead when a loose puck went off the skate of Ty Carriere and over the Warrior goal line.
Moose Jaw started to create more pressure in the back half of the first period and they picked up a late goal to get some momentum.
With five minutes left in the frame, Luke Ormsby came out of the Calgary left corner and made a hard pass to Carson Denomie inside the left circle.
Denomie shot the puck towards the Hitmen net, Keenan Taphorn was perched on top of the Calgary crease and was able to deflect the puck past Carl Stankowski for his 13th of the season to make it a one-goal game.
In the second period, the Warriors were able to generate some quality scoring opportunities but they weren't able to finish on their chances.
Instead, the Hitmen picked up goals from James Malm and Kaden Elder and took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
Moose Jaw picked up their first power-play of the game in the early moments and they used that chance to pull to within two on a goal from Josh Brook.
That would be as close as the Warriors would get, Calgary added two more goals to their total and went on to hand the Warriors a 6-2 loss.
Moose Jaw's record sits at 30-14-6-2, which has them third in the East Division, eight points behind Saskatoon for second with the Warriors having three games in-hand.
"We’ve had a really busy schedule on the road, so coming down to the wire here, it's going to be really exciting to where we're going to finish, we're chasing for that second spot in the division right now and that's the goal," said Hunt. "We're really excited to get back to the home games and the divisional games as well."
The Warriors will be off until Thursday when they return to Mosaic Place to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings, tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca.