A season ago the Moose Jaw Warriors were a team you didn’t want to mess with.
Sunday the Swift Current Broncos played like a team that wanted to see how far they could push the Warriors.
The Broncos set a physical a tone early and skated to a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place. The loss drops the Warriors record to 1-1-1-0 in pre-season play.
“It’s good for the younger players to know that they’re going to be in for some long nights with some teams that have long memories and don’t forget the way they were treated in pervious years,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.
“When you have a pretty tough team like we had the year before and not so much this year, that’s the price you pay. That’s just the way it is.”
Richard Nedomel opened the scoring for the Broncos before they scored third period power play goals through Colby Cave and Dalton Reum.
The Warriors made the game interesting in the final minutes. Andrew Johnson slid a puck under Broncos goalie Steven Myland with 2:12 left and Kendall McFaull found a loose puck in a scramble and cut the lead to 3-2 with 30 seconds remaining.
Myland made a sharp save on a Sam Fioretti deflection with 14 seconds left to preserve the win.
“We finally started to get some pucks to the net and we got some offence from rebounds and things like that,” said Stothers. “No shot is a bad shot. A.J. came around the net and just threw it and it found a way to go in.”
The Warriors lost 2-1 in overtime Friday to the Broncos and went 107 minutes and 45 seconds between goals over the two games.
Scoring is a question mark heading into the season, but Johnson felt the offence is making progress.
“As the game wore on, we got more pucks to the net. The last two goals weren’t fancy. They were pretty ugly, but that’s what we need to do,” said Johnson. We’re starting to figure it out, which is nice to see. Now we have to keep it going through the pre-season and into the regular season.”