It was a memorable first weekend as a member of the Swift Current Broncos for defenceman Alex Moar.
Moar made his debut on Friday in a 5-4 OT win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 2001-born blueliner recorded his first-career WHL point with an assist on the game-tying powerplay goal with 36 seconds left in regulation.
Then, he was again in the lineup for a 4-3 OT victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.
"It's a better opportunity - it was hard to get in the lineup back in Everett," said Moar, who was traded to Swift Current on October 31. "This team is younger, they're developing - rebuilding I guess you could say."
Moar logged significant time on the powerplay, manning the point just four minutes into his first appearance on Friday, and also in the dying seconds, as highlighted by his assist on a Connor Horning goal.
He says the new fit in southwest Saskatchewan is a good one for him, though the trade did catch the product of Prince Albert off guard.
"I was pretty surprised actually," admitted Moar. "It's the good part about it, being back in Sask - closer to home, parents can watch more games."
With an expanded role on the Broncos, Moar noted what exactly he'd like to see grow in his game during his 17-year-old season.
"Defensive zone, ability to hit more, and my shot needs to get a lot better," Moar said noting that, after two years at the Midget AAA level with the Prince Albert Mintos, his game has been developed at a steady clip already.
"It was good, it helped me a lot. Obviously to get more powerplay time, penalty-kill, and going deep in the playoffs."
Moar's P.A. Mintos squad went a combined 60-25-2-1 in the regular season, and 10-7-0-0 in the playoffs over his two-year stint.
He doesn't have to wait long to return to his hometown, as the Broncos are in the "Gateway to the North" this Friday.
The Broncos (3-14-0-1) take on the nation's-best Prince Albert Raiders (16-1-0-0) at 7 p.m. from the Art Hauser Centre.
Catch all the Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey pregame action of Friday's game starting at 6:30 p.m. on The Eagle 94.1.