Warriors force game seven

Ryley Lindgren (centre) jammed away at a pcuk at the pads of Zach Sawchenko during a 3-2 loss Saturday. Southwest Booster photo y Steven Mah

The Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors will need a seventh and deciding game in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series. The Warriors had their backs against the wall Saturday, trailing 3-2 in the series, when they defeated the Broncos 3-2, the fourth road win in six games in the series.

Noah Gregor scored 5:24 into regulation when he knocked home a loose puck as the Warriors scored the opening goal for the first time in six attempts. The lead was short-lived as Ryley Lindgren jammed home a puck at the side of the goal 1:57 later to tie the game for the Broncos.

Gregor gave the Warriors a second lead with 5:33 left in the period, a goal the Broncos contended was gloved in but replay did not overturn it.

Justin Almeida gave the Warriors a 3-1 lead with 6:08 left in the middle stanza when he deflected home a Colin Paradis point shot for his first goal of the series. The Broncos fell further behind in the period but had their fair share of scoring chances, including an open net chance for Max Lajoie from a bad angle that went just wide and a slap shot from Lindgren that went off the cross bar.

The Broncos got the comeback started with 6:06 left in regulation when Tyler Steenbergen tipped in a Lajoie shot with a delayed penalty upcoming for his fifth of the playoffs.

Jordan Papirny took the loss with 38 saves on 41 shots. Zach Sawchenko earned his third win of the series with 41 saves.

The two teams will meet for a ninth consecutive game on Monday in game seven in Moose Jaw. The winner will face the well-rested Regina Pats in the Eastern Conference semi-final.