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Warriors Look to Finish off Broncos in Game 5

April 19, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Moose Jaw Warriors News Release

Moose Jaw, SK - The Moose Jaw Warriors collected to hard fought road wins in Swift Current and now return home for Game 5 of their second round series against the Broncos.

The Warriors can secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Final with a win on Friday at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.

"Those were two huge wins for us, especially that Game 4 to go up 3-1 in the series, now we're just looking to close it out at home," Warriors goalie Jackson Unger said.

After splitting the two games in Moose Jaw to open the series, the Warriors went into Swift Current and topped the Broncos 5-3 and 5-2 to take a 3-1 series advantage.

Warriors head coach Mark O'Leary said the team has done a good job of staying even keel during the tough series.

"You just have to trust the process and know that if you stick with it long enough, your skill will take over in the end," he said.

The Warriors have trailed in every game so far in the series, but found a way to battle back in the last three games.

O'Leary said he knows the Broncos won't go down without a fight in Game 5.

"Right now we're just taking a deep breath, we're happy with what we did, we went there for two wins and we got two wins, but we also understand that there's a real tough task on Friday night and we're just looking forward to the opportunity," he said.

"We certainly respect how they play, they can generate a lot of good looks and they had some pretty good looks in all three periods [of Game 4], so somethings we can tighten up for sure."

Unger was a key part of the Warriors' two road wins, including a 36-save performance in Game 4 on Wednesday.

The Warriors' 19-year-old netminder made 15 stops in the third period alone to help Moose Jaw to the win.

"It sucks giving up those early goals, some of them you want to have back, but I think I've turned the page after that and shut the door after those goals, so I thought I've played well in both those games and just looking to keep it going," he said.

The Warriors will be looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for just the third time in franchise history.

Moose Jaw and Swift Current square off for Game 5 at 7 p.m.

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