Happy New Year!
TOP SCORERS: Dylan Hood with 48 points; Quinton Howden with 40 pts
LEADING ROOKIE: Morgan Rielly 19 points
LEADING DEFENSEMEN- Collin Bowman with 23 points
ROAD TRIP KICKS OFF WITH A BANG
The road Warriors have been great on the annual road trip thus far, going 3-1 in the first four games. The Warriors started back with a 6-3 win in Calgary on the 28th. The Warriors next made the trip to Vancouver for a meeting with the Giants. Warriors would take that game 6-3. On to Chilliwack, a 4-2 score would give the tribe a 3-0 record. Last night the Warriors tangled with the Cougars and came out on the losing end of a 5-2 decision.
Warriors make their next stop in Kamloops Tuesday, Kelowna on Thursday and will make a final stop in Kootenay on Friday.
HOWDEN AND TEAM CANADA FACE RIVAL AMERICANS IN BUFFALO TONIGHT
It hasn’t been the easiest road to the semi finals for the year’s World Junior team. Quinton Howden has been under Head Coach Dave Cameron’s watch since mid way through December. Quinton has tallied 1 goal and 3 assists in the tournament this far, scoring his first goal of the game against the scoring Swed’s in losing 6-5 SO game.
Quinton and Team Canada will face the tough USA team tonight as the Russian’s take on Sweden in the two semi final matchups. If Team Canada posts a win, they will be headed to the gold medal game Wednesday night against either Russia or Sweden.
HONEJSEK MAKES WORLD JUNIOR DEBUT A STRONG ONE
Import forward Tony Honejsek has 2 goals and 1 assist for Team Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship. You may recall his first big showing as he scored on the first shot of the game when the Czech’s took on Team Canada. The Czech Republic team will play in the relegation round Tuesday.
WARRIOR TID BITS
· Warriors hired Mike Vandenberghe as an Assistant Coach over the holidays. Mike comes to the Warriors after spending the first part of the 2010-11 WHL season with the Brandon Wheat Kings as Interim Assistant Coach.
· Morgan Rielly and Team Pacific will be playing in the U-17 Challenge semi finals tonight; Rielly has 2 assists. Brayden Cuthbert and Team West will be taking on Team Atlantic for the 5th place title. Medal round goes on Tuesday.
WARRIORS WEEKLY SCHEDULE
TUESDAY VS KAMLOOPS
THURDAY VS KELOWNA
FRIDA VS KOOTENAY
THREE GAME HOME STAND NEXT WEEK
WED JAN 12 VS RED DEER
FRI JAN 14 VS PRINCE ALBERT
SUN JAN 16 VS EDMONTON
Warrior’s fans have many things to look forward to in the New Year. The Warriors have 5 home games in January, taking on the Rebels who have been on a losing slide of recent times but still are sitting above the tribe in the standings. The Warriors will take on division rivals, the Prince Albert Raiders. The Raiders are looking to desperately crawl up the conference standings in hopes of a play off berth. The Edmonton Oil Kings come to town to end a three game home stand. The Lethbridge Hurricanes will be in the Jaw on the 19th as the Warriors look to avenge a poor showing in their last meeting. Finally, the final weekend in January the Warriors will be facing a home and home with the Regina Pats. The Pats have won 4 in a row after the break.
The tribe will hit the road for games with Prince Albert, Edmonton, Red Deer, Swift Current and Regina in January. On top of a busy January, the trade deadline is approaching on January 10th. At this time next week the Warriors will have their roster finalized. Will any big moves be made this week in the WHL? Time will tell…