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Warriors score OT winner, push series to decisive Game 7

Warriors score OT winner, push series to decisive Game 7

Moose Jaw Warriors center Atley Calvert and Saskatoon Blades forward Vaughn Watterodt skate for a puck in Moose Jaw in Game 6, the 2024 WHL West Finals. (Nick Pettigrew/Moose Jaw Warriors)

In what has been an entertaining series, one more match will decide who will appear in the WHL finals.

Lynden Lakovic fired a shot into the Saskatoon net 2:57 into the overtime period to earn a 4–3 victory and force Game 7.

All that was needed was fitting extra time in this match; four of the previous five matches also required an additional frame to determine a winner.

Moose Jaw needed a win in Sunday afternoon’s game after losing 5-4 in overtime, erasing a four-goal deficit in the third period on Friday. The series was tied at 3-2, meaning Saskatoon was one win away from their first WHL Finals appearance since 1994.

Moose Jaw has not competed in the Ed Chynoweth Cup since the 2004-05 season.

Neither team has ever won it.

With their backs against the wall in a must-win game, Moose Jaw got off to a lightning-fast start. Forward Brayden Schuurman scored his fifth goal of the playoffs just 44 seconds into the game, putting the Warriors ahead by one.

It didn’t take long for Saskatoon to answer with Egor Sidorov, who leads the WHL playoffs with 15 goals, finding the back of the net.

With just over two minutes to go in the opening stages, Schuurman netted his second of the afternoon and put the Warriors back in the driver’s seat.

In the second period, the Blades went on the power play, with Rowan Calvert getting the puck past Moose Jaw goalie Jackson Unger. Calvert’s older brother Atley plays for the Warriors and both are originally from Moose Jaw.

Blades defenseman Charlie Wright punched the puck in with 17 minutes left in the third period to give the Blades the lead.

Rilen Kovacevic leveled the score by scoring a goal for the Warriors.

Game 7 is Tuesday at SaskTel Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m