Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Warriors Back For Practice After Having Monday Off

The Moose Jaw Warriors return to Mosaic Place this afternoon after taking Monday to rest and heal after hectic 3-in-3 schedule.

The tribe captured three of a possible six points last weekend, the they lost to Swift Current Friday, beat Medicine Hat Saturday, then fell to Brandon in overtime Sunday.

Head Coach Mike Stothers says there was some good and some bad during the games. "The way we responded on Saturday night at home, I thought we played a real good game for sixty minutes."

"We scored some goals in the third game in three nights, enough to win the game but we didn't. We got a point in overtime but we should have two and they should have had zero," said Stothers. "It's just another example that we still have a ways to go as far as knowing to stick to the game plan."

Sunday night the Warriors gave up three goals in the third period, and eventually lost to Brandon in OT. Stothers says that showed them they still have room to grow and improve.

"We've made some great strides, it's very disappointing to see that that still creeps into our game. It lets us know that number one, we're not as good as we think we are. Number two, we still have plenty of work to do if we really think and feel that we're a legitimate playoff team and a team that can go deep."

Andrew Johnson led the Warriors Sunday with two goals and four points, and has three goals and eight points in his last five games. Stothers' says Johnson has made good adjustments as of late.

"AJ got off to a little bit of slow start, I think he was hoping to have a better start the way he finished up last year. He's now starting to move and play, and make some plays that we were expecting from him."

The tribe will return to Mosaic Place this afternoon for practice, where they'll start to get ready for a busy schedule in the coming days. Stothers says he'll have them on the ice looking to correct any issues that may have come up last weekend.

"I don't know if they were to really truly evaluate themselves, it's necessary but it's going to be. It's going to be shown on video and it's going to be walked thru in practice," said Stothers. "It's going to be gone thru over and over and over until it becomes the right thing to do at the right times."

Moose Jaw opens a three game in four day schedule tomorrow when the Calgary Hitmen make their second and final visit to Mosaic Place this season. Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

Coming up on Friday the Warriors head east to Brandon for the first game of a weekend home and home series with the Wheat Kings.

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