Eliminated: Season ends for Saskatoon Blades with first-round playoff exit

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The Blades lost 6-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night as the Warriors won their Western Hockey League playoff series 4-1.

The Warriors now advance to the WHL Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Josh Pillar had two goals for Saskatoon in Friday’s loss. Trevor Wong scored the other goal for the Blades, who were down 2-1, 3-2 by periods.

Jagger Firkus scored twice for Moose Jaw, who earned singles from Denton Metaychuk, Thomas Tien, Atley Calvert and Robert Baco, the latter scoring into an empty net as the Blades fired goaltender Nolan Maier for an extra forward.

Maier made 35 saves for Saskatoon, which lost 41-29.

Carl Tetachuk stopped 26 shots for Moose Jaw.

The Warriors went 1 for 5 on the power play. The Blades were 1 for 4.

The announced attendance was 3,364 people.

The Blades brass will now target the 2022 WHL USA Priority Draft and the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft scheduled for May 18 and 19, respectively.

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