The Moose Jaw Warriors scored three times in a 2:16 span late in the third period but the Swift Current Broncos held on for a 6-5 season-opening win in Western Hockey League action Friday.
Matt MacKay made it a one goal game with 1:09 left in regulation when he banged home a loose puck during a goal mouth scramble, but the Warriors could not complete the comeback after a slow start.
Swift Current scored four times in the opening period and then sat back to earn the narrow victory.
Cody Eakin led all scorers with two goals and an assist, including scoring the eventual game winner with 5:34 left in the third period.
Elsewhere in the Western Hockey League it was: Kootenay 8 Lethbridge 1; Calgary 6 Red Deer 2; Seattle 4 Everett 3; Prince George 6 Brandon 1; Saskatoon 5 Regina 1; Kamloops 4 Chilliwack 3; and Spokane 6 Prince George 3.
At Swift Current, Sask., the Broncos (1-0-0) also had multiple point games from Geordie Wudrick and Brad Hoban, who opened the season with a goal and an assist each.
Overage veterans Eric Doyle and Michael Stickland both scored once in the win.
Moose Jaw (0-1-0) also had a pair of goals from over-age forward Jason Bast, and power-play goals from Thomas Frazee and Spencer Edwards.
Broncos netminder Morgan Clark earned the win by turning aside 24 of 29 shots.
Warriors goaltender Jeff Bosch yielded five goals on 24 shots. Brandon Glover saw 3:53 of action to close the opening period, and he turned aside both shots he faced.
Both teams went 2-for-6 on the power play.
Ice 8 Hurricanes 1
At Cranbrook, B.C., defenceman Hayden Rintoul had four assists as Kootenay hammered Lethbridge.
Hitmen 6 Rebels 2
At Red Deer, Alta., Tyler Fiddler recorded a natural hat trick in the second period to pace Calgary to a win over the Rebels.
Thunderbirds 4 Silvertips 3
At Kent, Wash., the Thunderbirds scored three goals in less than two minutes in the second period to build a 4-0 lead before holding on for the win over Everett.
Raiders 6 Wheat Kings 1
At Prince Albert, Sask., the Raiders got goals from six different players in their win over Brandon.
Blades 5 Pats 1
At Saskatoon, Burke Gallimore and Brendon Wall each had a goal and an assist as the Blades beat Regina.
Blazers 4 Bruins 3
At Chilliwack, B.C., Shayne Wiebe had a goal and two assists for Kamloops as the Blazers got past the Bruins.
Chiefs 6 Cougars 3
At Prince George, B.C., Levko Koper's hat trick was the difference as Spokane beat the Cougars 6-3.