Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Warriors Ready For the Raiders

For the first time in close to two weeks the Moose Jaw Warriors will step onto the ice for game action at Mosaic Place.

The last time fans saw their team in action was back on October 14th when they beat Swift Current. Last week they lost three games on a Central Division road trip.

Tonight they take on Prince Albert, who they beat 6-5 in a shootout in their only meeting back on September 30th.

Leading scorer Brett Lyon says they're hoping being on home ice is just what they need to get back on track. "We're hoping so, hopefully we can come out to a good start and get things back to normal around here."

Lyon says last week's road trip emphasized the importance of coming out strong. "Against Red Deer we had a good start, but the other two games we didn't have a good start to our games. We were kind of running around and getting away from how way we play."

"If we can play in the offensive zone more than in our defensive zone, that should be a good way to get things going," added Lyon.

In two out of their three games last week on the road trip, the guys were dramatically outshot in the first period. Edmonton outshot them 18-5 and Kootenay outshot them 18-8. Against Red Deer, the Warriors were the aggressors in the first frame, outshooting the Rebels 16-3.

Lyon says they'll once again be looking to play that consistent 60 minute game against Prince Albert. "We're already 12 games into the season and it's definitely key to start bringing some consistency to the rink. Throughout the season we should be growing towards that and hoping to keep it going."

In the Warriors and Raiders only meeting this season, the tribe erased two two goal deficits and pulled out a 6-5 shootout win at Mosaic Place.

Earlier this week the Raiders pulled off a trade with Medicine Hat, sending overage defenceman James Bettauer and a 6th round pick in 2013 to the Tigers for overage forward Kellan Tochkin.

Tochkin had eight assists in 10 games with the Tigers this season. In 227 career games, he's registered 214 points with Medicine Hat and Everett.

The tribe could welcome back Quinton Howden and Joel Edmundson tonight. Both suffered injuries while at NHL camps and haven't played this season. Both are game day decisions.

Kendall McFaull is also a game day decision, he missed the last two games on the road trip with a hip flexor.

We've got the Warriors and Raiders on Country 100,, and

James Gallo, Derek Kletzel, and Marc Smith are live from Mosaic Place with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

Coming up on the weekend the Warriors will head to Brandon Friday, Saturday they're back at Mosaic Place for their first meeting of the season against the East Division leading Regina Pats.

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