Bantam Tier IIs claim league title

Matthew Gourlie
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Warriors win second crown in a week

It was a familiar celebration, but it wasn't even close to getting old.

For the second time in six days the Moose Jaw Bantam Tier II Warriors flung their gloves and helmets to the heavens and jubilantly piled on top of their goalie Tyler Hudson in the Red Knight Arena.

The Warriors won the SHA Bantam AA Tier II provincial title Tuesday and Sunday they won their Hockey Regina Inc. League title thanks to a 4-1 win over the Estevan Bruins.

"Today was the way that we wanted to play," said Warriors head coach Todd Cole. "We had flashes of it all year, but for us to do it for three periods in a row that's all I can ask for. In the last game of the year, that's perfect."

The Warriors lost 4-2 Saturday in Estevan in Game 2, which set up Sunday's deciding third game in their best-of-three league final series.

It has been a week full of intense games and the young players have ridden the highs and lows of playoff hockey in the process.

"It's pretty emotional — getting angry and then being on top of the world," said Warriors captain Kody Morales. "Finishing with a city championship and a provincial title is unreal."

It was a perfect finish to a great season for the Warriors. They were on top of the HRI regular season standings thanks to their 18-3-3 record and they capped it off two titles in front of a raucous home crowd.

"We're all close. Everyone is friends. Everyone bonded together and we worked as a team. There were really no individuals," said Morales.

The won the provincial title thanks to a 2-2 home tie against the Saskatoon Wild Outlaws when Quinn Ingalls scored short-handed with 11.4 seconds left to clinch the two-game total goal series.

They didn't need the late heroics Sunday, but they did need to kill five third period penalties against Estevan.

"We did it the hard way. That's how they've done it all year," said Cole. "I'm pretty proud of them. It's been a great year. They're good kids."

Warriors 4 Bruins 1

The Warriors got off to a fast start as Ingalls scored 1:19 into the first period.

Hayden Wiebe and Kyle Mackenzie scored in the second period as the Warriors built a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

"We were pretty devastated from last night's game, but we came back and finished strong," said Morales. "We started strong and we finished strong."

The Bruins got on the board in the third period thanks to a power play goal from Daymon Wanner. Estevan got three more power play chances after they scored to try to cut into the lead, but the Warriors were able to hold them off.

"I told the boys that we had to channel those emotions into some good play on the ice," said Cole. "Penalties got us into a little trouble, but I was glad we could pull through. They wanted to do it the hard way and that's how we did it."

Ashton Woodley scored for the Warriors with 1:48 left in the third period to let the celebrations begin.

Connor Gillies had three assists and Cooper Cole also added a helper.

Bruins 4 Warriors 2

Estevan scored the first four goals of the game and the Warriors weren't able to overcome their slow start.

Preston Audet scored twice after Kade McMillen opened the scoring 2:18 into the game. Jordan Stein also scored as Estevan scored second period goals 24 seconds apart.

Ingalls and Griffin Barrett scored in the third period for Moose Jaw, but they weren't able to mount a comeback.

Wiebe and Brogan Townsend had the assists for the Warriors.

Organizations: Hockey Regina

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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