After falling to the Calgary Hitmen Wednesday, the Moose Jaw Warriors current Central Division road trip continues Friday with their first stop of the season in Medicine Hat.
Moose Jaw has lost six straight but they’ve all been very tight games; the last five have been decided by one goal, and they have points in four of the last six games due to two shootout losses and two overtime losses.
“We’ve played well lately even though we haven’t gotten the results we’ve wanted. I think as a team we’ve taken some big steps, we’ve been playing well but just haven’t found results,” said third year Warrior and alternate Captain Jordan Wyton.
“We’re a very hard working team and that’s going to be our identity,” said Wyton when asked about the how they’ve been playing as of late. “Now we’re finishing every check, getting the pucks deep and trying to get as much grind time on the opposition as we can, it’s just that we haven’t put the puck in the net enough.”
One of the overtime losses that the tribe suffered during this stretch was to the Medicine Hat Tigers back on October 28th at Mosaic Place. “It’s going to be a good game for us. We just have to come out and have a good road game and see what happens from there,” said Wyton.
“We have to get on them as soon as they get the puck. We need to play the body on them and if we have the puck in their end they can’t have it either,” he added when trying to describe how they’ll attempt to limit the opportunities for Tiger snipers Curtis Valk and Hunter Shinkaruk.
Justin Kirsch leads the Warriors with a goal and two points against the Tigers; Sam Fioretti has one goal; Morgan Rielly, Travis Brown, and Brayden Point have one assist each; Justin Paulic has a 2.94gaa and .893sv%. Dylan Bredo has two goals to lead the Tigers in scoring against the Warriors; Curtis Valk has one goal; Hunter Shinkaruk is pointless; Cam Lanigan has a 1.96gaa and .933sv%.
Catch all the action with James Gallo starting with the PreGame Show at 8:10pm on Country 100, DiscoverMooseJaw.com, and mjwarriors.ca. Saturday night the trip concludes in Cranbrook, BC with their first tilt of the year against Brock Montgomery and the Kootenay Ice.
Tribe Call Up Prospect… 16 year old Colton McCarthy has been called up for the Warriors current road trip. McCarthy went undrafted in 2011 and attended the Warriors 2012 Training Camp; he left with his name on a WHL contract. The Salmon Arm, BC product has played 18 games with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL, he leads the team with 15 goals and his 23 points has him second on the team. In his WHL debut Wednesday McCarthy played well and was a -1.
Streaking… Joel Edmundson is pointless in his last 10 games; Morgan Rielly has three assists in the last six games; Travis Brown has 10 assists in the last six games; Sam Fioretti has three goals and five points in the last seven games; Justin Kirsch has five goals and eight points in the last seven games; Brayden Point is pointless in the last three games and has four points in the last seven; Tanner Eberle has one point in the last seven games; Jordan Wyton has one assist in the last ten games.
Special Teams… In the last five games the Warriors penalty kill has allowed three goals, 14-for-17, which includes going 7-for-7 against Calgary in the last two games. The power play is goalless in the last three games and is a combined 0-for-11, their last power play goal came November 2nd against Brandon, that night they were 2-for-5.
Special Offer… Coming up on Monday, November 12th when the Warriors take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 2pm, the team has a special offer available for families. Purchase two adult tickets and recieve your child ticket(s) for only $5. After the game fans will have the opportunity to skate with the team, children under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. For more details on group rates in effect for this game contact the Warriors office, 694-5711.