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Moose Jaw scores four powerplay goals to beat Swift Current 5-4

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SWIFT CURRENT, B.C. - The Moose Jaw Warriors scored four powerplay goals en route to a 5-4 win over the host Swift Current Broncos.

Moose Jaw built period leads of 4-2 and 5-2 before Swift Current rebounded with a pair of goals in the final period to cut the Warriors advantage to a single goal. An apparent Broncos tying goal in the final 10 seconds was waved off when a penalty was called on the play.

Moose Jaw went four for five on the powerplay in the opening two periods, with Swift Current scoring twice on three powerplay chances.

The Warriors jumped into a 4-2 first period lead thanks to a trio of powerplay goals. They extended their lead to 5-2 by counting a powerplay goal on a five-on-three powerplay.

Jordan Knackstedt paced the Warriors with a pair of first period goals, opening the scoring with his 30th of the season on the powerplay and adding his 31st when even strength.

Travis Hamonic and Giffen Nyren also had opening period powerplay goals for Moose Jaw. Frazer McLaren extended the Warriors lead to 5-2 with a five-on-three powerplay in the middle period.

The Broncos replied with goals 2:29 apart midway through the opening when Keegan Dansereau and Eric Doyle briefly tied the game at 2-2. Geordie Wudrick cut the lead to 5-3 with a powerplay goal in the final period, and Dansereau struck for his second of the night and 22nd of the year with 1:39 left in regulation.

Warriors netminder Joey Perricone collected his 28th win of the season by stopping 47 of 51 shots.

Broncos goaltender Mark Guggenberger allowed four goals on 17 shots in the opening period and ended the game stopping 27 of 32 shots.

The Warriors, who were assured of an eighth place finish in the Eastern Conference, finish the year at 36-21-6-8. Swift Current was prevented from moving up in the standings, and end the year in seventh place in the Eastern Conference at 41-23-1-6. Swift Current will face the Regina Pats in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference opening round. Moose Jaw will take on the Eastern Conference champion Calgary Hitmen in the opening round.

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