Warriors get Swede reply

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

MOOSE JAW -- The Moose Jaw Warriors feel like they've been Bjorn again.

One game after watching countryman Freddie Pettersson give the Calgary Hitmen the series lead by scoring twice, including the overtime winner, Bjorn Svensson evened the score.

The Warriors import from Sweden broke a 13-game scoreless drought by potting a pair of third-period goals, including the game winner, as Moose Jaw beat the Hitmen 3-1 to knot the series at three.

Game 7 goes Wednesday night at the 'Dome (7 p.m., SHAW TV).

"Yeah, I'm a better player than him," Svensson joked when asked if he was trying to out-do the Hitmen sniper.

"We're really good friends. I've known him since I was about 14.

"I played against him a lot."

Svensson said he finally got a break after being blanked by Calgary 'tender Justin Pogge for more than 18 periods.

"I think I've been working hard and shooting the puck," Svensson said.

"It's just that Pogge has been better than me. It was nice to get my confidence back.

"Now we've got a game and that's exactly what we wanted."

The Warriors will be looking to advance to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The drought, which would reach 22 years with a Game 7 loss, dates back to the team's inception in 1983-84.

Blair Jones also scored for the Warriors, while Brett Sonne accounted for Calgary's offence.

Hitmen captain Brett Carson said his club didn't have any sense of urgency as the Warriors dominated from start to finish in front of a Civic Centre crowd of 2,685.

"We were flat the whole game," said Carson after Calgary lost for the first time in the playoffs when entering the third period with a lead.

"We didn't win many battles.

"I think there were a few guys in the room who felt if we didn't win tonight, we can go home and play them on Wednesday.

"Maybe it was our responsibility, me and the other leaders, to make it clear that we should have come in here and finished the series."

Trailing 1-0 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Warriors finally hit the scoreboard 45 seconds into the third period.

Jones, who has been a force the entire series, redirected a Cole Simpson shot past Pogge.

But he didn't stop there. The 19-year-old picked up a loose puck on his next shift and found Svensson in front.

The Swede made a nice deke to his backhand for his first of the post-season.

Svensson got the insurance marker at 9:44, then the Warriors shut down the Hitmen attack the rest of the way.

It took nearly 14 minutes into the game before the Hitmen tested Perricone for the first time as Moose Jaw owned an 11-3 advantage on the shot clock in the scoreless opening period.

But the Hitmen received a gift on their fourth shot just 53 seconds into the middle frame.

Sonne sent an innocent wrister on net and managed to squeeze it through Perricone's five hole.

Pogge made the 1-0 lead stand up through 40 minutes with a number of acrobatic stops during some wild scrambles. He finished with 31 saves.

He also stoned Steven Gillen from point-blank range with under two minutes to play in the period.

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HIT PARADE: Not dressed for Calgary were D Curtis Kelner, LW Kris Deines (thumb, day to day), D Dylan Yeo (wrist, six weeks). Deines took the warm-up and is expected to be fitted with a playing cast today.

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MOOSE JAW WARRIORS: 3

CALGARY HITMEN: 1

SERIES TIED 3-3

GAME 7 WEDNESDAY AT CALGARY, 7 P.M.


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