Monday, November 28, 2011

Recapping Warriors Two Win Weekend

All is well as Mosaic Place to start the week after the Moose Jaw Warriors swept Brandon in a home and home series on the weekend.

The tribe came from behind Friday night in Brandon to hand the Wheat Kings a 7-6 loss. Andrew Johnson scored two goals, while Quinton Howden had four assists including one on Cody Beach's game winning goal late in the third.

Saturday night the Warriors and Wheat Kings played a little more defence, and it was Moose Jaw who came out on top winning 4-3. Eric Arnold scored two goals, and was the games first star.

Looking back at Saturday's win, Brandon forward Brenden Walker says the Warriors did a good job taking away their transition game. "They were on us right away, they were taking away our space and speed. I thought we were doing the same thing, we were on them the whole time. They just got the pucks deep and came out hard.

The two goals by Arnold doubled his season total, and were his first goals since September 30th against Prince Albert. The import rookie has had a number of chances to light the lamp this season, and says it felt good to shake the monkey off his back.

"I was up and down and was in a long down right now. It feels good right now, two goals and the first star, that feels good."

Warriors assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe says it was a weekend where the offence came from everyone. "We need more depth there definitely and it's going to happen like that some nights. It's a team game, when you're goal scorer isn't scoring then he has to be good defensively. We all have to be good defensively, and when our top line isn't scoring the other guys have to score."

Vandenberghe adds that the wins were great, but they still have room to improve. "We want to be getting to our peek and our best heading into the playoffs and have a long run in the playoffs. They're coming off of a top month, we've played a lot of hockey. They're mentally tired but we have to push them thru that and get them stronger heading into the break."

The Warriors will practice later today as they get ready for a pair of mid week games. Tomorrow night Don Hay and the Vancouver Giants are in town, Wednesday the tribe will make their first trip to Prince Albert.

In other Warrior news...
The tribe will be without Justin Kirsch after he sustained a wrist injury Friday night in Brandon, he's expected to be out any where from two to six weeks depending on the severity of the injury.

The team is still waiting to hear from the league office on the status of defenceman Dylan McIlrath. He picked up a charging major and game misconduct last Wednesday against Calgary and sat out the weekend waiting to hear about his suspension. As of Monday morning the still lists McIlrath's situation as "To Be Determined".

Import 20 year old forward Sebastian Svendsen has also left the team and headed back home to Denmark.

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