Thursday, December 15, 2011

1 More Sleep Till More Warriors Hockey

The six day layover between Moose Jaw Warrior games continues today as the guys head back Mosaic Place for practice to get ready for a pair of weekend games.

Rookie forward Tanner Eberle says they've been working hard at staying sharp. "We have a full week here and have to be going every day. We know that these four points here are big going into Christmas. We have a couple of road trips coming up so we have to get these two wins."

Moose Jaw's up in Saskatoon tomorrow and then closes out their pre-Christmas schedule Saturday at home against the Kamloops Blazers.

Focusing on Friday's game in the Bridge City, Eberle says this is a game that he's been looking forward too. "I like to go up there and bang the bodies, and try and mix it up with their top guys like (Josh) Nicholls and (Duncan) Siemens."

The Warriors go into the weekend in top spot in the WHL's East Division, two points up on Brandon and three up on Saskatoon.

Moose Jaw and Saskatoon have had some tight games over the last two years which has gone a long way in building their rivalry. Eberle says these division physical games are always exciting.

"I like to hit out there so I use my game against the bigger guys, hopefully against the smaller teams I can use my skill. With a couple of game against bigger teams coming up, I'm going to have the use the body."

With the Christmas break looming, Eberle says the rookies have done a good job adjusting to the busy WHL schedule and will be ready to go for the second half.

"Our young guys aren't all that big, we're just trying to stay fit out there and hopefully no one doesn't pull anything, that's one thing you don't want. We just have to stay fit, we've been working out so it (the hectic schedule) shouldn't be a problem."

The Warriors return from the Christmas break they'll be down three bodies, Quinton Howden is at the World Juniors, and Torrin White and Carter Hansen will take part in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.

Although it's going to be hard without those players in the lineup, Eberle says that mean's extra ice time for himself and other players.

"I've been looking forward to the road trips coming up. I know we're missing a whole line, so hopefully I'll get a lot more ice, get on the penalty kill and show off my talent."

Moose Jaw has a pair of games to go thru before the Christmas break, tomorrow night they head up to Saskatoon, Saturday night they're back home to take on Kamloops.

Both games can be heard on Country 100,, and, coverage begins with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm both nights.

Wednesday WHL Schedule;
Kelowna 3 v 2 Regina, OT
Kamloops 6 v 3 Saskatoon
Victoria 3 v 6 Edmonton
Calgary 5 v 6 Lethbridge, OT
Red Deer 2 v 5 Medicine Hat
Everett 2 v 3 Spokane, OT

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