Monday, October 3, 2011

Warriors Hot Rolling Into Week

The Moose Jaw Warriors opened their five game home stand with a pair of wins on the weekend.

Friday night they erased two two goal deficits to come from behind and beat Prince Albert 6-5 in a shootout. Saturday night, Torrin White and Sean Aschim had two goals each in a 7-4 win over Swift Current.

Assistant coach Trevor Weisgerber says it was a weekend where the team saw contributions from everyone.

"We need to score as a group and we're doing that. The defence needs to contribute as well, and obviously with Morgan (Rielly) back there he get's a lot of pucks thru and with his speed he creates offence that way. All our lines are scoring and that's a good thing."

Rielly had a great weekend, scoring one goal and finished with five points.

Saturday's two goal night was the first multi goal game in Torrin White's young career. The 16 year old says he's been building confidence with every shift.

"Coach shuffled the lines a little and I found good chemistry playing with (Sam) Fioretti and (Tanner) Eberle. We weren't getting the bounces at the start, but went to the net and got some greasy one's."

With several keys players out of the lineup, White says the young guys need to find ways to contribute. "Especially with the key guys like (Quinton) Howden and (Cody) Beach out of the lineup. It's a good opportunity for a lot of the younger guys to step up and contribute to the scoring and defensive play to."

The tribe was without a number of big names on the weekend. Cody Beach has now served three games of his seven game suspension, he's due back in the lineup October 14th. Quinton Howden is back with the team after being sent back from Florida last week, but is still out with a concussion that he suffered during an NHL rookie game against Nashville.

On the backend, Joel Edmundson remains out with a high ankle sprain that he suffered while with St. Louis at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in early September. On Saturday, the New York Rangers announced the re-assigning of Dylan McIlrath back to the Warriors.

Collin Bowman is the only player still with a pro team, his with the Rangers AHL affiliate the Connecticut Whale.

Riding a three game winning streak to start the week, the Warriors will practice today and tomorrow as they get ready for Wednesday's clash with Lethbridge.

Friday night they'll host Edmonton, their five game home stand wraps up a week today with a Thanksgiving battle against Prince George (12pm start time).

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