Warriors Top Pats in Final Showdown


Pier-Luc Doyon

Before the game on Saturday night, Mosaic Place was treated to a pre-game ceremony honouring the recent Hall of Fame inductees and the players' parents. 

Jason Fitzsimmons, Rob Reimer and Toby Tobias were all inducted.

Mosaic Place was jam-packed with excited fans

Mosaic Place was jam-packed with excited fans

. Tristin Langan would open up the scoring with his 14th goal of the season. Justin Almeida added to the scoreboard for the Warriors on the Power Play, snagging a two goal lead with assists from Kale Clague and  Goaltender Brody Willms. 

The second frame opened with a similar pace. The back and forth play with end to end scoring chances for both teams would continue. The Warriors lit the lamp again, beating a sprawled out Max Paddock on a cross ice, one-time pass from Captain Brett Howden to Jayden Halbgewachs for his 58th goal of the season.

Just over 5-minutes later, after a drive by Sam Steel, Jesse Gabrielle would get the Pats on the score sheet. 

The third period began with increased physical play, a popular trend when these rivals meet. The two teams kept battling, but the Pats managed to find the back of the net and come within one goal of the Warriors. Scoring chances came a plenty, with both goaltenders making key saves. Warriors goalie, Brody Willms held the fort with a cross crease save with seconds left in the game to secure victory for the Warriors. This triumph sets a single season win record with their 45th. The Warriors win the season series versus the Pats 6-2.

The win also moves Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter into sole possession of the most wins in franchise history. 

The three stars of the game were Tristan Langan (1st), Vince Loschiavo (2nd), and Captain Brett Howden (3rd). 

The Warriors will now head to Saskatoon to square off against the Blades on Sunday afternoon.

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