Brody Willms backstopped the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 2-1 shootout win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday night at Mosaic Place.
The win clinched the franchises' fourth East Division title and their first Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the 2017-18 regular season champions.
The opening period was tight as both teams clamped down defensively to limit time and space for players to be creative.
At 3:21, the Raiders chipped the puck around a Warriors' defenceman, which led to a rush up the ice for Nikita Krivokrasov, who skated inside the right circle and snapped the puck to the back of the net.
It didn't take long for the Warriors respond as 34 seconds later the pushed to the Prince Albert net, Justin Almeida came in on the left wing and then swung the puck over to the right, where Vince Loschiavo ripped in his 19th of the season to tie the game at one.
The tight battles continued throughout the rest of the game, Moose Jaw outshot Prince Albert, 13-4, in the second period and 26-15 in the final two periods, but they weren't able to put the puck to the back of the net.
With no goals for the remainder of regulation the teams went to overtime. In the extra period, the Raiders outshot Moose Jaw 5-3, but Brody Willms turned them away, which sent the game to a shootout.
In the first round, Captain Brett Howden scored, while the Raiders Regan Nagy was denied. The second round opened with a goal from Jayden Halbgewachs and then on the other side of the red line, Willms turned away Parker Kelly to solidify the win.
Willms made 27 saves in regulation and overtime, and then two more in the shootout, for his 37th of the season, which set a new single-season franchise record.
The Warriors are now off until the weekend when they take on the Brandon Wheat Kings in a home-and-home series that starts on Friday at Mosaic Place. Catch all the action on Country 100, starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart Pre-Game Show at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Warriors will hand out their regular season awards during YARA Awards Night. Fans are being asked to be in their seats early, as the on-ice program will start at 6:50 p.m.
Tickets are available online at www.mjwarriors.ca or at the Mosaic Place Box Office.