The Moose Jaw Warriors were back on the ice at Mosaic Place yesterday for practice. The teams is on a current three game winning streak and is in the middle of a five day layover between games.
The Warriors have been without captain Kendall McFaull for the last five games as he's been nursing a lower body injury. McFaull says it's been hard watching from the bleachers.
"You get used to skating on the ice everyday, and then when you're not around you feel like you're almost getting further away from the team when you're not involved in locker room chat. It went awesome today, I felt good out there."
McFaull's last played October 19th when the team lost in Edmonton, and he has been on the sidelines during their recent winning streak.
Captain Kendall McFaull has been nursing an injury the last five games, and says watching from the stands he can see why they've found success as of late.
"I think we're just finding ways to put pucks to the net now. Those first games I sat out we were on the road swing that we lost, and we were putting pucks on the net but weren't capitalizing on our opportunities. Now we're crashing the net and making more of our opportunities."
Not only has McFaull been able to watch the team play well, but he says he's really noticed the strong play of rookie defenceman Shayne Gwinner, Braiden Doucette, and Travis Brown.
"I think with them playing more has come more confidence, and with confidence comes everything else. The strides they've taken from the start of the season has been tremendous, they're going to be great for us."
The Warriors will continue to practice until they return to action with a pair of weekend games against Saskatoon and Calgary. McFaull says those are huge Eastern Conference matchup's.
"Our division is super tough right now, so for us to get a win against the Blades is huge, and it's the same thing with Calgary. We need to get some separation in our division."
The Warriors battle the Saskatoon Blades Friday night at Mosaic Place. The Blades beat the Warriors 5-4 in overtime October 11th in Saskatoon.
Sunday's game against Calgary at Mosaic Place will be the teams first meeting of the season, and is the first since their big trade last week. In the deal the Warriors landed forwards Justin Kirsch and Kenton Miller, Calgary acquired Collin Bowman and Joey Kornelsen.
Tuesday WHL Roundup...
- Chandler Stephenson and Domink Volek had a goal each to lead the Regina Pats to a 2-1 win over Saskatoon
- Hunter Shinkaruk had three goals and six points in Medicine Hat's 10-2 beating of Everett
- Jimmy Bubnick had a hat trick for Calgary in a 5-2 win in Prince Albert
- Michael Ferland had three goals and four points in Brandon's 7-3 win in Swift Current
- Brendan Gallagher had three goals and four points in Vancouver's 4-2 win over Seattle.