Friday night the Warriors will host the Kootenay Ice. Kootenay is 2nd in their division, just behind the red hot Red Deer Rebels. They sit third in the conference with 43 points. The Ice actually have a better road record than at home, winning 11 games on the road and only losing 4; one to the Warriors.
The last time these two teams met….
Back on October 13th, the Warriors defeated the Ice 6-3. Tony Honejsek had a pair of goals. Dylan Hood had two, Collin Bowman scored along with Morgan Rielly.
Last Few Games…
The Warriors had a tough run in Alberta, falling 7-4 in Lethbridge and losing in a shoot out Wednesday night in Medicine Hat. Prior to that, the Warriors were on a four game winning streak; the tribe have not lost at home since November 15th against Portland.
Kootenay is coming off of a 5-0 stomping of the Raiders. Dec 4th they fell to the Tigers in OT. They took Seattle, Everett and Portland prior to journeying into Saskatchewan.
Between the Pipes…
Nathan Lieuwen- ranked in the top three goalies in the WHL, Nathan has 14 wins and a 0.908 save percentage.
Kootenay finds themselves near the bottom in team power play with a 15.1% success rate; PK is at 83%
Leading the Way…
Kootenay is lead by Kevin King with 34 points. #7 is an overager from Calgary.
Top D-man for the ice is Brayden McNabb with 22 points and a local connection being from Davidson, SK.
Interesting to note…
- Brock Montgomery, native of Moose Jaw plays for Kootenay. Brett Teskey is from Regina, Christian Magnus is from Saskatoon, Jesse Ismond is from Kindersley, Drew Czerwonka is from Glenavon, Joey Leach is from Wadena, and Joel Neilbrandt is from Yorkton. A ton of Saskatchewan boys playing for Kootenay!
- Kootenay took the most penalty minutes of their season with 43 last time they visited.
- The Warriors scored their most power play goals in one game (tied in a few others) with three last time they played the Ice.
The Warriors are 4-3-2-1 on the past 5 years at Moose Jaw
Overall, the tribe is 9-7-2-1 in the past 5 years
Off the Ice....
Its hockey card night! Come early and purchase this year' set for $5.00 and get a free sample card when you come in the door!
The Lupus Society will be selling chuck a pucks... you can win some great prizes!
The local Fire Department will be in the rink collecting for charity with their "boot drive".
McKarr's Furniture will be putting on a fun intermission where our contestants can win a $200.00 gift certificate and the chance to win the grand prize!