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Weekend Series Opens with One-Sided Win in Swift Current

September 17, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Moose Jaw Warriors News Release


Three second-period power-play goals lifted the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 6-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos Friday night at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

Moose Jaw established a quick pace early in the game which resulted in a number of quality scoring chances at the Broncos net.

At 5:04 of the opening period, 2020 2nd round pick Ben Riche created a neutral zone turnover for the Warriors.  20-year-old Logan Doust pounced on the puck and led an odd-man rush up the ice that finished with a Kade Runke goal.

40 seconds later, 19-year-old Cade Hayes got in the lane of a Broncos pass in the Swift Current zone.  Hayes grabbed the puck and let a quick shot go that beat goalie Joey Rocha to add to the Moose Jaw lead.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the period, the Broncos fore-check created a turnover along the Moose Jaw boards.  They pushed the puck towards the net for Owen Pickering, his shot pulled Swift Current within one.

Four minutes into the second period, the Warriors added to their lead while on the power-play.

Denton Mateychuk took a shot from the blueline, Kade Runke was there to knock in the rebound for his second goal of the game to make it 3-1.

Back on the power-play at the midway point of the period, the Warriors moved the puck quickly around the Broncos zone.

Ben Riche took a shot from the top of the left circle, the rebound then bounced to 17-year-old Nathan Pilling inside the left circle where he snapped a quick shot to the back of the net.  Pilling's first of the preseason gave Moose Jaw a 4-1 lead.

Inside the final two minutes of the period, Moose Jaw picked up their fifth power-play of the frame.

Max Wanner controlled the puck at the left line and then made a cross-ice pass to import forward Robert Baco inside the right circle.  The first-year Warrior took a shot that snuck past goalie Joey Rocha, making it 5-1.

Moose Jaw continued to press in the third period, with 7:40 remaining, Nathan Pilling stripped the Broncos of the puck inside the Swift Current zone.  Pilling took the puck to the bottom of the right circle and then snapped a shot short-side high over the glove of Rocha, his second of the game made it 6-1.

Pilling and Runke both finished with two goals each, and Matthew Gallant and Ben Riche picked up two assists each.  Warriors' goalie Brett Mirwald finished with 14 saves.

Moose Jaw finished 3-for-7 on the power-play and was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, they also outshot the Broncos 49-15.

These two rivals will meet again on Saturday at Mosaic Place at 7:00 pm.  A reminder to fans that this is the first tickets game of the year.  Season ticket holders can get their exhibition tickets printed at the Mosaic Place Box Office from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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