Wounded Warriors maintain winning ways

By Matthew Gourlie

The Moose Jaw Warriors have lost a lot of players of late, but still aren’t losing many games.
The Warriors beat the Regina Pats 3-1 Sunday afternoon as they earned their fifth straight win. The Warriors (15-4) have won eight of their last nine outings.
The Warriors have been without defenceman Josh Brook all season. More recently they lost import defenceman Dmitri Zaitsev and captain Brett Howden to injury.
The Warriors injury woes got worse Sunday as defenceman Jett Woo left the game in the first period and didn’t return and then rookie defenceman Matthew Benson left in the second period and also didn’t return.

Jayden Halbgewachs wheels into the open ice in action form the 2016-17 WHL season.
photo courtesy Marc Smith, DiscoverMooseJaw.com

Nursing a 2-1 lead and playing the third period with four defenceman — three of them rookies — the Warriors took the game to Regina. They out-shot the Pats 20-9 in the third and Tanner Jeannot put the game away with an insurance goal with 1:13 left in the final frame.
Jayden Halbgewachs netted the game-winner with 53 seconds left
in Moose Jaw’s 3-2 win in Regina Friday night. Sunday, he scored his third goal of the weekend to open the scoring.
Regina’s Bryan Lockner tied the game before the end of the first period. The Pats record falls to 11-8-2-0.
Noah Gregor’s ninth goal of the season came with seven minutes left in the second period and proved to be the game-winner. Halbgewachs set up the goal before Gregor buried the rebound.
Tyler Brown stopped 43 shots to keep his Pats in the game.
Brody Willms made 24 saves in the win for Moose Jaw.
Regina was 0-for-2 on the power play and Moose Jaw was 0-for-4.
Zaitsev remains week-to-week with an upper body injury. Brook has had the cast removed from his surgical repaired wrist, but is also still week-to-week. Howden was injured in the CIBC Canada-Russia Series game in Moose Jaw.

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Matthew Gourlie

Matthew Gourlie is a freelance journalist who has covered the Western Hockey League for the past 15 years, most recently as the sport editor of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.