Game Summary- Game 57- Championship Final- Calgary Buffaloes Vs Moose Jaw Warriors- ScotiaBank Saddledome
In the opening 5 minutes, both teams were happy to feel each other out after a long pregame presentation and a whirlwind week of hockey. Oasiz Weisblatt opened scoring 7 minutes in for the Buffaloes when his snapshot from the high slot found the top left corner, assisted by Stephen Rosier. Few whistles meant both teams could roll all 4 lines and get all players involved early and often. Close checking and weary legs kept offensive chances down, the Buffaloes having the slight edge in momentum. At the end of 20 minutes, the Buffaloes led 1-0. Moose Jaw finished with 10 shots to the Buffaloes 9. No penalties in the opening frame.
The Buffaloes got off to a hot start in the second. 3 minutes in #17 Daniel Siso shooting high glove side from the top of the circle, assisted by #16 Blake Setter. Moose Jaw got on the board in the second half of the period. After sustained pressure and net front scrambles, Caelan Fitzpatrick jammed one past Jared Whale low on the right side with help from Ethan Peters and Connor Mcgrath at 13:16. The Buffaloes’ Blake setter replied less than a minute later, beating Dylan Ernst high blocker side from the faceoff dot. That goal chased Ernst from the net after 3 goals on 17 shots.
Moose Jaw took a penalty for tripping, but Chase Coward stood tall in his first action between the pipes, stopping 2 shots on the power play. Calgary finished the period on the penalty kill. 1 penalty a side in the second, Moose Jaw recording 14 shots for a two-period total of 24. Calgary landed 9 more shots for a two-period total of 18.
The Moose Jaw Warriors started the period on the power play, but were unsuccessful with the fresh ice. Less than a minute later, Kirk Mullen capitalized on a nice centering pass from the corner and beat Jared Whale low blocker side. Caelan Fitzpatrick and Connor Mcgrath assisted to get their second point of the game.
A Calgary Buffaloes penalty at 9:58 gave the Warriors a premium opportunity to level the score at 3, but a blocked point shot and a shorthanded breakaway allowed Justin Barker to go forehand backhand and finish high blocker side. That goal came unassisted, shorthanded with 8 minutes left.
Moose Jaw pressed hard with everything they had left in the tank. Pulling their goalie with 3 and a half minutes left, Stephen Rosier intercepted a pass just inside his own blueline and snapped a 140 foot dart right down the middle of the empty net to go up 5-2.
With only 39.4 left on the clock, Rosier would score another empty net goal from just inside the Moose Jaw blueline, to take the final wind out of the sails of the Jaw Warriors.
And 6-2 will be your final score, as Moose Jaw outshot the Buffaloes 34-24, but couldn’t overcome some great goaltending from Calgary’s Jared Whale.