It was the matchup fans have been waiting for as the WHL’s top two clubs went face-to-face in a key divisional battle where valuable points were on the line. For the Swift Current Broncos, they dropped the latest chapter of their rivalry against the Moose Jaw Warriors as they were outscored 7-4 to see their three-game win streak snapped.
The fourth line surprised fans in the stands tonight as Logan Foster went roof on Warriors goaltender Brody Willms to open the scoring. Logan Barlage and Mackenzie Wight drew the assists on the goal from the Kamsack, SK product.
Moose Jaw answered the door a minute later as Barrett Sheen (newly acquired from the Kootenay ICE via trade) tied it up 1-1.
Moments later, Noah Gregor beat Broncos goaltender Logan Flodell glove high on a Warriors power play, placing the Broncos in a 2-1 deficit.
WHL-leading goal scorer Tyler Steenbergen deposited his 27th of the season after the puck bounced off his skate and just slid by a group of legs in the crease and into the back of the cage. The goal had to be reviewed and was deemed a good goal.
Jayden Halbgewachs found himself alone in front of the Broncos net and buried the go-ahead goal on the power play to give Moose Jaw the 3-2 lead late in the first period.
Sloppy play by the Broncos in their own end resulted in another power play goal for Moose Jaw as Justin Almeida snuck one by Flodell 12 seconds into the middle frame.
CHL Player of the Week Aleksi Heponiemi wired one by the glove hand of Willms on a Broncos power play to slice the deficit to 4-3.
Almeida got credited for the Warriors fifth goal to make the score 5-3 but then Steenbergen backhanded home his second of the night on the doorstep to keep this see-saw affair a one goal game after 40 minutes of play.
That was as close as the Broncos got as a Too Many Men penalty midway through the third led to the Warriors fourth power play goal. Halbgewachs tapped it in and then pocketed another to earn the hat trick and deliver the Broncos a 7-4 loss.
Shots on goal were 41-27 in favour of Moose Jaw. The Warriors power play went 4/6 while the Broncos finished 1/2 on the night.
Next up for the Broncos is a trip west bound to Alberta where they begin a three-in-three weekend set with a road date against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday, November 17th. Puck drop is set for 8:30pm CT.