Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Warriors Ready For Rebels
After suffering a disappointing loss in Prince Albert Sunday, the Moose Jaw Warrior are back in front of their hometown fans tonight for their second meeting of the season against the Red Deer Rebels.
In the 3-1 loss to the Raiders the Warriors gave up 49 shots, and Captain Kendall McFaull says that's something that can't happen. "Leaders have to leave by example and the young guys have to follow. We didn't do that, we strayed from our game plan and there's no way we should be giving up that many shots against."
The tribe starts the week tied with Saskatoon for top spot in the East Division, and with the Blades off tonight, the Warriors will use the one game they have in hand to try and take sole possession of first.
McFaull says it's important for the team to come out and erase the memories of their last game. "I have great confidence in the guys that we're going to come out hard. We have to find consistency in our game and play hard Warrior hockey all the time."
The tribe has points in six out of their last eight games, the Rebels on the other hand are winless in their last nine (0-7-0-2). Even though Red Deer has struggled as of late, McFaull says they will not be taking them lightly.
"They always have a good team and we haven't had the best success against them over the last two years. They come hard all the time, they finish their checks, we've had some good games with them."
Kendall McFaull says they need to have a focus on the little details that can add up to big success. "We've had success lot's when we're chipping pucks and getting pucks deep and getting them on net. We have to limit turnovers because that's what's been hurting us."
Moose Jaw's special teams will also be looking for a rebound performance, they were 1-for-7 on the power play Sunday and their penalty kill gave up three to the Raiders.
"Special teams can win or lose you games and that's what happened two night ago," said McFaull. "Our power play hasn't been great but our penalty kill hasn't stepped it up either. When you're power play is struggling your penalty kill has to be going, so we need to be a lot better."
Catch all the action between the Warriors and Red Deer Rebels on Country 100, DiscoverMooseJaw.com, and mjwarriors.ca, coverage begins from Mosaic Place with the PreGame Show with James Gallo, Derek Kletzel, and Marc Smith at 6:40pm.
Tuesday WHL schedule;
Red Deer v Moose Jaw
Regina v Prince Albert
Calgary v Edmonton
Portland v Prince George
Tri City v Victoria