Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Warriors Open 3-in-4 v Calgary

The Moose Jaw Warriors were back at the rink Tuesday afternoon to prepare for a busy three game in four night schedule this week.

The action starts tonight against Calgary, and will continue on the weekend with a home and home series against the Wheat Kings which starts Friday in Brandon.

The guys are coming off of a 3-in-3 weekend where they capture three of a possible six points, and forward Cody Beach explains what the focus was on the ice yesterday.

"Getting our feet moving and just hard work basically. Getting our systems down, moving the puck quicker and getting it out of our end and on the offense."

Goalie Luke Siemens started all three games on the weekend, and played in five out of the tribes last six games. He says he's enjoying the heavy work load.

"I'm enjoying it, I'm seeing a lot of rubber right now and having a lot of fun with it. I've worked hard to be here, so I'm just going to enjoy it.

The Warriors work week starts tonight at Mosaic Place with their second meeting of the season against the Calgary Hitmen, which happens to be their final stop to the Friendly City.

Siemens says the Hitmen have some guys that he needs to be aware of. "You have to know who's out on the ice at all times, whether it's their star players or fourth line guys. Obviously their star players are going to have better shots, but at the same time fourth liners might be able to work hard in the corners and create good opportunities. I just have to be ready at all times and have that on ice awareness."

Beach says the tribe has to focus on limited turnovers in their zone, while at the same time create second chances inside the Hitmen blueline.

"They have lot's of skilled guys that if we turn the puck over it's going to be in the back of the net, and we know that. As long as we're moving the puck quick and not going backwards we should be fine. If we can create opportunities and be hard on their defence I think we're going to get lot's of chances."

Moose Jaw and Calgary have teamed up twice over the last year for big trades. Earlier this year the Warriors acquired Justin Kirsch and Kenton Miller for Collin Bowman and Joey Kornelsen. Last year the tribe picked up Cody Beach in a deal that saw Brandon Glover and Danny Gayle land with the Hitmen.

Beach says the Warrior trio always looks forward to squaring off against their former team. "It's awesome, it's kind of like a mini rivalry. You always want to do good but you don't really want to show it that you care a little extra for those games. It'll be fun to get out there and see those guys and play them again."

We've got the Warriors and Hitmen tonight on Country 100,, and starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

Tuesday WHL scores;
Calgary 6 v 3 Brandon
Medicine Hat 3 v 4 Saskatoon, shootout
Regina 2 v 5 Portland
Kootenay 3 v 2 Prince George

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