Saturday, December 17, 2016
WARRIORS 5 PATS 4
MOOSE JAW - Tristin Langan's even strength goal at 13:11 of the second period was the winner as the Moose Jaw Warriors downed the Regina Pats 5-4 Friday night in the opener of a weekend home-and-home series.
This game had it all! The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 6:48 into the game on goals by Nikita Popugaev and Noah Gregor only to see the Pats storm back with four of their own - a pair from Luc Smith and singles from Sam Steel and Dawson Leedahl - for a 4-2 Regina lead after 20 minutes.
Regina got into penalty trouble in the second period and the Warriors were the benefactors of a pair of 5-on-3's. The Warriors erupted for three unanswered goals - from Gregor, Brayden Burke and Langan - for a 5-4 lead after 40 minutes. Burke's goal came on a two-man advantage.
The teams kept it clean in the third and despite pulling goaltender Tyler Brown with 1:23 remaining, the Pats couldn't get the equalizer. Brown ended up with 24 saves in the loss while Moose Jaw's Zach Sawchenko made 33 stops for the victory.
Regina outshot the Warriors 37-29 while going 0/3 on the powerplay and 3/5 killing penalties.
The attendance was 4,085.
The Pats (21-3-6) host the Warriors (20-7-5) Saturday night at 7:00 on 620 CKRM.