Just one point in a 5-4 loss means Moose Jaw secured fourth in the Eastern Conference
The Moose Jaw Warriors entered their Western Hockey League game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes with their playoff destiny in their own hands.
And while they would have liked to move things forward with a straight win at Lethbridge, they will still take the only point from their 5-4 overtime loss.
The Warriors improved to 37-23-4-3 with the point and as a result will have officially earned fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Their first-round opponent, the Saskatoon Blades, earned a 2-1 win at Brandon in their season finale to temporarily tie for fourth before the Warriors reached OT in the west. .
Lethbridge opened the scoring 6:30 into the game when Yegor Klavdiev fired a shot from the right faceoff circle that weaved its way through traffic and past Warriors starter Carl Tetachuk.
Majid Kaddoura tied the game before the end of the first period, simply netting a puck from the blue line and finding some luck on her side when she slipped past Bryan Thomson in the Hurricanes goal. The marker came with 1:10 remaining in frame.
Ryder Korczak continued his season-ending hot streak just 21 seconds into the second period, giving the Warriors a 2-1 advantage with his 25th goal of the season. The goal has given Korczak points in his last four games, with three goals and eight points in that span.
That lead lasted until 9:48 of the period, when Brayden Edwards of Lethbridge ended a series of sustained pressure in the Warriors’ zone by firing a perfect shot on the top corner of the bottom of the face-off circle. straight.
It was another long-range shot that found the back of the net to give Lethbridge the lead with 3:48 left in the second. Joe Arntsen fired a shot from the point on the power play that Edwards just took a piece of, flipping him past Tetachuk off the top of the crease.
The theme of just putting pucks on the net and finding success continued on the Warriors tying goal. Martin Rysavy showed off his hand-eye coordination as he tipped a point from Majid Kaddoura past Thomson with 8:51 left in regulation time.
The goal was the Warriors’ first power-play goal in five chances, and the first with the man advantage in Moose Jaw’s last four road games.
The Warriors then took a break with 3:40 remaining in the contest, and it was once again just a matter of puck at net. Cole Jordan did the honors this time, simply sending a forward pass and knocking him out of a skate, popping through the air and dropping into the net behind Thomson.
Sure enough, it was even more pinball that resulted in the equalizer with a minute to go. With Thomson out for the extra forward, Alex Thacker fired a shot from the right faceoff that bounced off a defender up front and inside.
Klavdiev then finished things off in overtime, making a breakaway and beating Tetachuk five holes.
Tetachuk made 32 saves in the loss, Thomson repelled 35.
The Warriors are back in action Saturday night when they travel to Regina to take on the Pats.