The Moose Jaw Warriors will take on the Medicine Hat Tigers in Round 2 of the WHL Eastern Conference playoffs after disposing of a short-handed Regina Pats crew 5-2 in Game 5 of their first round matchup.
The Pats knew they would be without the services of Dyson Stevenson who was serving a one game suspension for his controversial clipping major in Game 4 of the series, but about two hours before faceoff we learned goalie Matt Hewitt was done with a broken wrist and that Brandon Davidson would not play because of a separated shoulder making it tougher.
The team needed a good start, but they once again sputtered as Justin Kirsch scored at the 12 second mark of the game while Brayden Point added another at 521 with Torrin White making it 3-0 8 minutes in. The first period was absolutely horrific for the visitors as they were outshot 14-0. Yes, 14-0.
It ends what I think you would have to agree was a successful season for this team. Not many people, including myself, thought this squad would make it to the playoffs this year, but Chad Lang made the find of the year in hiring Pat Conacher and you know the rest of the story. Jordan Weal and Martin Marincin have likely played their last games as members of the hockey team, but if there is an NHL lockout, the pair could be back and if that''s the case, they have a great foundation to start building from. If they don't, players like Chandler Stephenson and Morgan Klimchuk will be the ones who will be expected to get this team back to the playoffs where they have now gained some valuable experience.